The Covenant Grants

The Hating Pot

Organization: National Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York, NY

Grant Year: 1993

Project Director: Ms. Elizabeth Swados

Type of Grant: Signature

Grant Amount: $142,600 (2 years)

Arts and Culture
Social Justice

This grant funded the creation of a work of musical theater on the subjects of anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry, with a multicultural cast of teen and adult performers. In the performance, actors told stories about their own attitudes toward people who are different. The goal of The Hating Pot was to create dialogue with young people through music and movement and to understand what underlies issues of hatred amongst and within different ethnicities and races.

This piece was performed for young audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was also presented on tour. Artist Liz Swados blended the musical styles of Yiddish song, African and Spanish rhythms, and incorporated a variety of dance genres.

A curriculum guide was also developed for teachers, to support classroom preparation and post-performance discussion with students.