Art and Remembrance, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was founded in 2003 by Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade. As the daughters of Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, we grew up with the stories of our mother's courage and suffering as a child during the war. Years later, after Esther began to turn her stories into a narrated series of fabric art pictures, we realized that art and story combined had enormous power. Together, art and story could help people understand not only what war and intolerance are, but also how it feels to those who endure them.
Art and Remembrance aims to use this power (the power of personal narrative in various forms of art) to illuminate the effects of war, intolerance, and other forms of social injustice on its victims. By bringing to light the works of those who have told the stories of their struggles in art, our organization aims to serve as a force for peace and social justice. By allowing audiences, especially children, to see and feel war and injustice through the eyes and hearts of its victims, we hope to create a sympathy and compassion great enough to change people's perceptions forever.
We want to do this in several concrete ways: by exhibiting the works of these artists, by writing about them in books and other interpretive materials, by creating films about them, and by developing educational materials for school-age children. We also want to use this Web site to share these materials and create a community with those who share our goals.
Your tax-deductible contributions to Art and Remembrance will go toward these purposes. Our first priority is to bring Esther Nisenthal Krinitz's work to a broader audience. If you'd like to learn more about us, please contact us.