AFP Teaching Artists with students in a story-building workshop
AFP provides tools and vocabulary for conflict resolution, community building, and identity exploration in communities and schools world-wide.
The mission of the Anne Frank Project is to use storytelling as a vehicle for community building, conflict resolution, and identity exploration. Inspired by the wisdom of Anne Frank, AFP surfaces and shares stories stifled by oppression.
In 2006, Professor Drew Kahn directed a unique production of The Diary of Anne Frank at SUNY Buffalo State that paralleled Anne’s story with that of a Rwandan genocide survivor, based on Immaculée Ilibagiza’s story Left to Tell. Throughout the production, the audience witnessed Anana, a young Tutsi girl hiding from Hutu extremists, share Anne’s monologues. Juxtaposing these two girls who are worlds apart, showed that they had the same hopes, dreams, and fears.
The production united our diverse student body with a story about social justice, showing that there is an “Anne Frank” in every genocide— in every conflict. Since the Holocaust, the world has been busier than ever with genocide and mass atrocities, and so the audience left with this question: How many diaries have we missed?
Buffalo State’s inspired administration and the SUNY system’s support helped the 2006 production give rise to the Anne Frank Project, which has developed local, national, and international story-based learning programming for students and professionals. We believe story matters, and that telling our stories will improve the world.
What We've Achieved
125 visits to local schools and organizations since 2013 reaching over 10,000 students!
10 National Social Justice Festivals with over 18,000 attendees!
International artistic and educational collaborations with theatre and non-profit organizations.
6 original productions.
AFP story-building and story-based learning model is used locally, nationally, and internationally.
Teacher training in the U.S.A, Rwanda, Kenya, and Switzerland.
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant (2014) in partnership with the City of Buffalo, Friends of the Buffalo Story, and Young Audiences of WNY.
Residencies at Lafayette International Community High School, Roosevelt Elementary School #65, International School #45, Our Lady of Hope Homeschool, City Honors School.