Maltz Museum Announces Launch of 2021/22 Stop the Hate Program

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage announces its 14th annual Stop the Hate program launch. The theme for this year is courage, inspired by Cambodian-born American human-rights activist, author, and Cleveland resident, Loung Ung who famously said, “Courage is when you dare to be yourself, in whatever ways you want to be – to not be afraid, to just do it.”

The contest, which annually awards $100,000 to 6th – 12th grade students and schools in Northeast Ohio, has expanded to include free online museum tours and classroom workshops.

Meet the top twenty finalists from last year’s essay writing contest >
Hear last year’s winning essay by Thomas Smyers of Shaker Heights High School >
Listen to last year’s original songs, written by students and sung by teaching artists >
Watch last year’s Stop the Hate Teachers of the Year learn they won >

Schools that participate in free classroom workshops will:

  • Take a Stop the Hate tour (online or in the museum)
  • Have the chance to meet with a Holocaust survivor
  • Work with a teaching artist to reflect on bias in history and share their own experiences
    • Lake Erie Ink leads personal essay writing workshops (students can win money)
    • Roots of American Music leads group songwriting workshops (schools can win money)
  • Receive anti-bias education grants to be used the following year
  • Get a 2021 Stop the Hate School of the Year plaque

A Virtual Info Session will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:00pm on Zoom. Meet representatives from the Maltz Museum and its partners, Lake Erie Ink and Roots of American Music and learn how to participate as a school or student. Hear from the 2021 Stop the Hate Educator of the Year, Kari Beery of Mayfield Schools, and contest finalists about tours, workshops, and contests. Followed by Q&A.

To register for the info session or to learn more about Stop the Hate, visit