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Playing for Life: Art Under Tyranny

February 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 pm

Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture

Included with Museum admission



The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. This multimedia presentation features stories based on filmed interviews with members of this unique group plus other contemporary artists living around the world.  We will explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom and response to unjust control and repression.


As founding executive producer and project director of the Jüdische Kulturbund Project, Gail brings to this project a deep and first-hand understanding of the Kulturbund’s spirit and recognizes that their issues of living under tyranny continue with artists around the world today. Her interviews with the survivors form the basis of her passion and vision for this project, which is rooted in the Kulturbund’s strong regard for music and the performing arts.  In 2001 Gail started researching and gathering material about the Kulturbund. Several years later she has brought together select talent, partners, and like-minded supporters to make this project possible. Her hope and dream is that the project will serve as a beacon of inspiration to all people.


Gail PrenskyThrough her Meteopa Productions, Gail produces independent projects focusing on advocacy, art, human rights, international, and music themes.  Gail also serves on the board of The Welders, the newly formed DC-based playwrights’ collective.  For the last 20 years, Gail has written, produced, and directed a broad range of media projects in film, multimedia, books, and exhibitions for Banner Health’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, the New America Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Communications, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Time-Life Books, and Glaxo-Wellcome.


Gail holds a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science-Applied Art from the University of Wisconsin.


February 21, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm