Welcome to The Vienna Project newsletter as we approach the New Year!
If you are receiving this newsletter for the first time, please visit our web site at www.theviennaproject.org or download our smartphone app at www.theviennaproject.org/app.
The Vienna Project has grown enormously over four years time, reflecting the work of hundreds of people including artists, designers, historians, researchers, writers, technologists, filmmakers, photographers, educators, translators, administrators, and consultants of all kinds. We are indebted to our three advisory boards. The project has been supported by survivors and families of survivors in Austria, and from the US, Israel, Buenos Aires, Riga, Berlin, Prague, Paris, and even Australia. Countless students and faculty from multiple departments at the University of Applied Arts, the University of Vienna, and also from Brandeis University and Lesley University, study groups, committees, dialogue groups, and numerous volunteers and speakers in Vienna and the US, have made significant contributions to project development. Support for The Vienna Project also comes from federal and municipal offices and institutions in Vienna, foundations in Austria and the US including the National Fund, Zukunftsfond, BMUKK, MA-7, Karl Kahane Foundation, Otto and Marianne Wolman Foundation, the US Embassy and the Israeli Embassy, Kickstarter backers, and corporate support from Kapsch AG in partnership with CSS GmbH. We received additional assistance from our partnerships with the Jewish Museum Wien, the IKG, Wien Museum, Erinnern.AT, as well as from other partnering organizations in Vienna, and from private donors in the US.
Austrian journalists from der Standard, Wiener Zeitung, and other major newspapers, as well as ORF television and radio broadcasters did a superb job reporting on the projectâ€™s many successes, especially in reviewing our opening events at the Odeon Theater, it was a full house of 300+ guests, to include President Heinz Fischer of the Republic of Austria. A rich program of music, poetry, and performance was followed by Parcours des Erinnerns/video projections along the canal, and the very next day we began our Sidewalk Installation Program of 38 sites in 16 districts, in and around Vienna.
Holding true to our vision of combining rigorous research with bold and imaginative artistic intervention, The Vienna Project reflects in eight presentations, the tragic history of seven different Austrian victim groups, persecuted under National Socialism. We are honored to be given the responsibility of remembrance, at this important juncture in history. We thank you for your trust in our work and most importantly, for your support. We could not do this work without your support.
Please visit our web site for periodic updates and watch for our performance art, education, and touring programs starting this spring. We hope to see you in Vienna on May 6-8, for our closing events!
We wish you a very good 2014, and may it be a year of peace and continued remembrance.
Karen Frostig and The Vienna Project team for opening events