Grammy Winner Musician and Humanitarian Miri Ben-Ari Launches the Gedenk Movement

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Gedenk, the non-profit organization formed by Grammy award winner musician cum humanitarian Miri Ben-Ari, has teamed up with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to launch the Gedenk Award for Tolerance.

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Miri Ben-Ari has just launched the Gedenk Movement in collaboration with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to encourage the youth, and is currently accepting entries for original creative art work.

You can read more about Miri Ben-Ari’s first-hand story posted on Huffington Post here

The goal of this movement is to encourage the youth to use creative arts such as music, literature, and other forms of art for self-expression, while considering their own role in creating a more tolerant world.

Students are encouraged to create original art works that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, and attempt to raise awareness about importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard the society. As a part of this new movement, five winners will be selected to receive a medal along with a cash award of $1,000 for their original work of art.

Miri Ben-Ari, the Grammy Award-Winning violinist, producer, and the CEO of Gedenk stated - "We are pleased to collaborate with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on this campaign. It’s not easy to encourage young people to learn about atrocities such as the Holocaust, but this unique and creative approach has engaged them to embrace tolerance."

Coinciding with the Scholastic Awards campaign, Gedenk is celebrating the launch of their newly designed website, GedenkMovement.org, which will serve as an information hub, and a nexus for young people to explore the themes of Gedenk’s mission of tolerance.

It will also feature forums, blogs, videos, and interactive dialogues that will encourage visitors to be a part of supportive community, and share their stories of fight-back against intolerance. Gedenk means “to remember” in Yiddish, and marking that spirit, site visitors can contribute to the virtual memorial by adding a name and message in honor of anyone who endured a form of genocide.

In 2011, Gedenk had partnered with MTV/Viacom and Public Interest, to launch three public service announcement campaigns “The Holocaust happened to people like us”, which received extensive coverage from the major networks.

The Scholastic Arts & Awards campaign is open to all the public, private, parochial, and home-school students in grades 7-12 in the U.S., and Canada. Submissions are now being accepted. To submit original art works, participants can log on to the website http://www.gedenkmovement.org

About Miri Ben-Ari,
Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy award winner, violinist/producer, who has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson and Armin Van Buuren.

She has been the face of many promotional campaigns, including Reebok’s “I Am What I Am” global print and TV advertisements, Vodafone, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and even Harman Kardon.

Miri Ben-Ari is the founder and chairman of “Gedenk” and a “Goodwill Ambassador of Music” at the United Nations. Her forthcoming yet-to-be-named album will be released in 2014.

For more information about Miri Ben-Ari visit http://www.miribenari.com

To learn how students can submit their work for the Gedenk Tolerance Award visit http://www.gedenkmovement.org.

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