Mapping Our Tears

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


  • Master planning
  • Writing and content development
  • Exhibit planning and design
  • Graphic design
  • Executive media production
  • Project management
  • Art direction

Project Description:

Stories from survivors of the Holocaust came to life in a interactive exhibit presented by Cincinnati's Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education (now the Holocaust and Humanity Center).

“Mapping Our Tears” immersed visitors in an environment designed to resemble an attic from a European home of the 1930s, surrounding guests with artifacts, clothing, memorabilia, and props. Through special lighting effects, sound and visual multimedia elements, the Jewish experience in Nazi-dominated Europe unfolded through taped testimonies, photographs and images. In addition to survivor stories, visitors explored common motifs that ran throughout each testimony—motifs such as Love, Courage and Loss.

The Holocaust and Humanity Center recently began construction of its new permanent home at Cincinnati's Union Terminal. The new 12,000-square-foot museum will chronicle the rise of Nazism and the dismantling of democracy, recount the stories of survivors who rebuilt their lives in Cincinnati, and use the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action today. JRA is honored to provide exhibit design and production alongside internationally-renowned firm Berenbaum Jacobs and Associates. The museum opens in early 2019.
Mapping Our Tears exhibit design
Mapping Our Tears exhibit design

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