SKOKIE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To inspire future generations to work for global social justice, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will open a three-gallery exhibition experience called the Take A Stand Center in 2017. One of these groundbreaking galleries, the Goodman Upstander Gallery, will blend personal storytelling, video, and voice recognition technology to explore the lives of courageous “Upstanders” from around the world.
Named in appreciation of a generous gift from the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, the Goodman Upstander Gallery will connect visitors to contemporary and historical social activists who have championed a wide range of issues. “Story Portals” will put visitors in the shoes of these heroes, inspiring them to create positive change in the world.
Individuals selected for the Upstander Gallery represent a wide range of ages, nationalities, and missions. Chosen with input from numerous advisory groups, some of the Upstanders include historic leaders Nelson Mandela, Susan B. Anthony, and Jane Addams; artists and athletes Common and Carli Lloyd; advocate Malala Yousafzai; and 11-year-old Marley Dias, who raises awareness of the need for diversity in children’s literature.
The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations have been important supporters of the Museum since its inception. The Foundations named the Lillian and Larry Goodman Auditorium in 2007, and have supported the Museum’s annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner. The naming of the Goodman Upstander Gallery is part of the current $30M Commit to the Future capital campaign. Larry Goodman has served as a Trustee of the Museum since 2010.
“The mission of our Museum is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, in order to make the world safe and just for all humanity,” notes CEO Susan Abrams. “Our Upstander Gallery will show visitors of all ages that we each have the potential to change the world for the better.”
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center honors the victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current, relevant, and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations to action. Construction of the Take A Stand Center, a uniquely an immersive and empowering exhibition suite, is being funded by a $30 million capital campaign currently underway. Learn more at ILHolocaustMuseum.org/committothefuture.