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Making History: The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project

Posted Mar. 14, 2011

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The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project


Poland Summer Travel Programs 2011

A once in a lifetime opportunity to help make the painted ceiling of a 17th century Wooden Synagogue for the Core Exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland.  

Over 200 magnificent Wooden Synagogues of Poland were destroyed by the end of World War II.

Travel Program Dates: Aug 8-26, 2011

This travel program is for students from all disciplines to work with an international team to make this 85% scale replica of the Gwoździec Synagogue vaulted painted ceiling.  Students will work alongside architects, artists, historians and educators to paint the wooden ceiling panels using traditional painting techniques.  The workshops will be located in a surviving masonry synagogue in a significant Polish market town where students will experience contemporary Polish life, visit historically important sites, and investigate the varied origins of Polish and Jewish culture.  Every skill level is welcome and everyone will have an opportunity to participate in the process in the Handshouse Studio Learn-by-Doing approach.

Information and application:

Information Meeting: Tuesday, March 15th

Kent State University, Main Campus, Kent, OH
Bowman Hall Room 110 2:15pm
Art Building Room 206 7:00pm


Rebecca Cross, M.F.A. Adjunct Professor, Surface Design, Professional Practices
School of Art, Kent State University