|Avila brings exhibit, lectures and performances to KC|
|Kansas City, MO||
December 2, 2008
In spring 2009, during the exhibit, A Blessing to One Another, the Kansas City community will have the opportunity to follow in the fatal footsteps of the victims of the Krakow Ghetto by walking through a replica of the Krakow Ghetto gate. During the exhibit, visitors share the somber mood experienced by those that desperately tried to pass through, hoping to be chosen a “worker” instead of chosen for death.
Sponsored by Avila University, the exhibit is accompanied by interfaith panels, renowned lecturers, and theatrical performances, tied in to the Pope’s legacy. Community religious leaders will be speaking together to bridge the gap between Christians and Jews.
On March 2, Avila will host a similar interfaith dialogue event for clergy members only. This event will allow for more in-depth discussion and application of interfaith relationships. The Interfaith Dialogue Clergy Day is open to clergy members only on March 2, at 9 a.m. in the City Stage Theatre at Union Station.
Throughout the exhibit, Avila University and Theatre for Young America will co-produce the play “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” This play is based on the writings of children who passed through the Terezin concentration camp in World War II. The performances will be held at the City Stage Theatre on select Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For a complete list of performance dates and times, visit www.avila.edu/blessing/events.asp.
As with all Union Station exhibits, special group tours are always welcomed. Teachers wanting educational packets and information on field trips may contact Susan Walker, director of development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-501-2450. Other groups requesting private tours may also contact Walker.
Bringing in multiple events to coincide with the exhibit is exceptional, but what really makes this event unique is the cost. Through generous contributions from community partners, the traditional ticket fee for most events has been waived. With the exception of the $3 ticket to see “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” Avila University and its partners are bringing the inspirational events and exhibit to Union Station at no cost to the public.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.