Creative Ways Projects
Curriculum, Teacher Guides, Facilitation, Consulting
Shari Davis and Benny Ferdman work with organizations, communities and businesses to create curriculum, facilitate community conversations, and develop interdisciplinary programs that explore cultural history and build connections across community.
Boyle Heights-The Power of Place: Teacher Guide to accompany this exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum. The Boyle Heights Project created opportunities for people of diverse ethnic and generational backgrounds to learn about one another's histories through the intersecting experiences of the Japanese, Jewish and Latino communities that made their home the historic L.A. neighborhood Boyle Heights. The Teacher Guide presents art and oral history based tools and resources to investigate community history. A pdf file of the Guide can be downloaded below.
Journey Through the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Murals: This on-line curriculum was commissioned by Wilshire Boulevard Temple to explore Jewish history through the recently restored 1929 Warner Murals encircling their Sanctuary. http://wbtmurals.weebly.com
Nourishing the Heart: A Guide to Intergenerational Arts Projects in the Schools: Produced in collaboration with Citylore and intended for both teachers and artists working in the schools, this book presents "recipes" to encourage the participation of older adults in the classroom by engaging young and old in joint projects artistically express their own, their families', and their communities' cultural heritage in writing, theater, and visual arts projects. The book is available through the Citylore Bookshop.
“GATHER US TOGETHER: The Ethiopian Jews Come Home” : an interactive experience that inspires students, teachers, and the community to learn together. Part curriculum, part portable exhibit—participants immerse their five senses in the culture, history and experience of Ethiopian Jews during their historic journeys back to Israel during Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1991. Through images, music, artifacts, DVD, first-person narratives, hands-on learning activities, scripted presentations and more, participants encounter an extraordinary story of faith, courage and homecoming as they follow the Beta Israel journey back to Israel.
Dear Miss Breed: This Teaching Guide published by Scholastic, provides interpretive activities to expand the reading of this true story of the San Diego Librarian who became a lifeline to scores of Japanese American youth forcibly sent with their families to bleak incarceration camps World War. Ms. Breed diligently corresponded with, and sent treasured books to dozens of youth who were her devoted and regular library visitors. Hundreds of letters were sent back and forth detailing the challenges of life in the camps, and the struggle to create a sense of normalcy while isolated from the rest of the world. These simple, persistent acts of caring lifted the spirits of dozens of Clara’s young friends over the course of their incarceration.
Tel Aviv-Los Angeles School Twinning Joint Teacher Seminars: Through her work at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Shari Davis directed eight years of annual leadership seminars for Jewish educators who coordinated their School Twinning programs in L.A., Tel-Aviv and Vilnius, Lithuania. These immersive, week-long summer seminars in L.A, Israel and Vilnius explored diverse themes central to Jewish history and Peoplehood, and were complemented with ongoing teacher training in Los Angeles, led by Shari.