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 Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & 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.

In 2019, Holocaust & Humanity Center opened its new permanent home at Cincinnati's Union Terminal. The new 12,000-square-foot museum chronicles the rise of Nazism and the dismantling of democracy, recounts the stories of survivors who rebuilt their lives in Cincinnati, and uses the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action today. JRA was honored to provide exhibit design and production alongside internationally renowned firm Berenbaum Jacobs and Associates.
Mapping Our Tears exhibit design
Mapping Our Tears exhibit design

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