About Full Disclosure
Full Disclosure is an innovative program that weaves together story collecting, artistic representation, and community celebration to honor the lives of Jewish women and to encourage them to reflect on themes and influences that have shaped their lives. What sets Full Disclosure apart is its flexibility. This program is designed to be adapted to a wide range of institutions serving a variety of populations, ages, and institutional missions. Through community celebrations where the art pieces are displayed, Full Disclosure fosters connection, care, and communal narrative.
Thanks to generous funding from The Covenant Foundation, a Full Disclosure Facilitators’ Workshop will be held in March 2023. During the 2 ½ -day workshop, participants will learn the skills and context necessary to bring Full Disclosure to their own communities. Participants will explore a wide array of personal and communal narratives. Educators Barbara Ellison Rosenblit and Sheila Miller will demonstrate art models that both the artistic and the avowed non-artist can use to translate ideas into visual form to be shared with the wider community. We will learn to work with JWA’s story-collecting app, Story Aperture. Finally, participants will share their ideas for designing a program for their institution or school based on the culture of their institution.
About the Educators
Barbara Ellison Rosenblit is the former Dean of Faculty Mentoring at The Weber School in Atlanta. For 46 years, she taught widely on subjects including women’s history, Tanakh, literature, classics, and history of the ancient world. Rosenblit has taught in Yerucham in the Negev and at the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem. She is an innovative curriculum designer and teacher, having pioneered individual and schoolwide programs linking subjects across disciplinary silos. Rosenblit is the recipient of the 2004 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program award, two National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and the Robert M. Durling Prize for Teaching from the Dante Society of America. She served as a member of the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Board of Directors and holds degrees from Brandeis University, Columbia University, and Emory University.
Sheila Miller is an artist and art educator who has been teaching for more than 35 years. She utilizes the language of art to address and transmit personal exploration incorporating social, intergenerational, and identity perspectives. She specializes in the integration of art into interdisciplinary curricula. She has designed permanent student art exhibitions across the city of Atlanta including in schools, women’s shelters, children’s hospitals, human service agencies, and community clinics. She was commissioned to design a traveling art exhibit in collaboration with three high schools to promote greater interfaith understanding. She was commissioned to create and exhibit several commemorative art installations in Atlanta. Miller graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Art Education.
Starting in 1997, Rosenblit and Miller collaborated on a course in which high school students collected life stories of older Jewish women and translated those interviews into the language of visual art. They documented the impact of their work in the book Pentimento: Revealing Women’s Stories and in a short collection of films documenting community-wide celebratory events.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "About Full Disclosure." (Viewed on September 30, 2023) <https://jwa.org/fulldisclosure/about>.