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Bearing Witness and Holding Space: Using Creativity to Address Tragic Events (DCPZ-Imagination Stage Workshop)

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Ancient history, modern history, and current events have taught us how far humanity can soar and how low humanity can sink. Whether it is the domestic terrorism of Jim Crow, the genocide of the Holocaust, or recent mass shootings young people will become aware of tragic events that caused great harm for groups of people. It is intensely naive to believe that we are serving youth by avoiding addressing tragedy, but what we must do is allow them to understand these histories and current events in ways that are developmentally appropriate.

This professional development applies theory and practices on non-trauma-inducing strategies that will allow students to use creative arts to  process real life tragedies.  The foundational theory that informs this professional development was developed by Holocaust educator Shulamit Imbit. Mrs. Imbit stressed consideration of cognitive development progress brings students close to one topic without bringing trauma. The workshop will begin with background information concerning the pedagogical framework. Afterwards, participants will engage in writing prompts and arts activities that will serve as demonstrations for the process.

The “Bearing Witness and Holding Space” workshop is designed for all educators, but middle and high school teachers may find it particularly beneficial.

We will send event details to workshops registrants closer to the date. If you have any questions, please email Abby Krolik at

Please register HERE! We will be capping this workshop at 30 participants.


October 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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PD Collaborative
Imagination Stage


Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814 United States
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