What you're supporting:
This spring, our Poetry Pals program will bring together nearly 500 fourth grade students from Christian, Islamic and Jewish day schools. We use a multi-disciplinary arts curriculum to teach the value of empathy in preventing discrimination and bias.
Together, our students write poetry, make art, play theater games, lead discussions, create and share a performance, educate each other and tour each faith’s holy space.
Our unique blend of interfaith dialogue and art has been shown to have a long-lasting effect on students and their worldviews. Our programming helps society's future leaders recognize the benefits of a world that is diverse, welcoming and inclusive of all.
During this holiday season, let's spread compassion and creativity and pass on this wonderful experience to a new group of students.
$25: Coordinates a holy space tour
$75: Sponsors a student through our entire Poetry Pals program
$200: Provides snacks for a single session
$500: Enables bus transportation for one school to one session
$1000: Provides art supplies for entire program
What our student participants say:
“If you put yourself in someone’s shoes, you can help them and they will feel better.”
“We’re all from different cultures and different backgrounds but we’re all friends.”
“[My favorite part was] touring the holy spaces.”
“Learning about people of a different faith is fun.”
"You can change the world with empathy."
What our partner schools say:
“It’s going to be a life changing experience for them, starting here and now.”
-Saima Mozaffar, College Preparatory School of America
“Through this program, they often learn that they have much more in common with people who are Christian and Muslim then they may have thought.”
-Suzanne Mishkin, Solomon Schechter Day School
“Poetry Pals teaches us to open our eyes to differences, and learn that different is interesting and full of future friendships.”
-Jamie Cummings, St. Francis Xavier
Thank you so much for supporting Olive Tree Arts Network. Your donation truly makes a difference in the lives of so many students!
-The OTAN team