The Sunflower Project

The Sunflower Project

In response to Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal’s poignant memoir, The Sunflower, which grapples with the limits of forgiveness, HEN teacher Diane Williams developed the Sunflower Project with her students at ANSER Charter School in Boise, Idaho. Beginning with book salons in her students’ homes, the project sparked debate among her seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents about the very definition of forgiveness. Then, working with the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and Boise artist Ward Hooper, Diane and her students created a public art mural that brought the dialogue to the community.

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