With the encouragement and generous support of our friends in Germany, the Village is developing, in the framework of the Pluralistic Spiritual Community Center, its Museum, including a gallery, archives and sculpture garden. The concept grew slowly (read description) and began to acquire financial and moral support from friends in the country and from around the world.
The Museum represents an alternative vision that reflects the concept of the village and thinking beyond differences and conflicts, to develop a common human identity and the concept of peace.
The Museum is located on the ground floor of the Peace Library Building, including the surrounding space.
The target audience for the Museum will be local and international groups and individuals of all ages - children, youth and adults.
- The main entrance – Display Room: will display in statements and images the history and ideology of the village. Personal stories of residents will raise a variety of issues and give expression through moving personal narratives, folklore, culture, roots, history, the Holocaust, the Nakba, the countries of origin of Jews and others. It will provide a rich and varied picture of the past, present and future. Departments and institutions of the village will be shown on the opposite wall.
- Corridor and stairwell: artists of both nations will display mainly political and cultural artwork. They will show a way of life, thoughts and ideas, that touch upon our holistic dimension that connects to the universe. Art exhibitions will change each month.
- Small room: will portray lifestyles that promote the perception of our common humanity. Will present ideas of special people from the village and from around the world who have conceived, believed and trodden courageous ways to bridge over conflicts - and inspired us and entire nations.
- Drawers and audio-visual or computer stations: Materials that cannot be presented on the walls will be collected in physical drawers and audio-visual or computer stations. Visitors will be able to explore both textual, photographic and audiovisual materials. For example, they will be able to watch videos that village residents or others have produced, inspirationals and informative films on the work of Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom, leaders and heroes of civil rights movements, those who acted to save the lives of endangered minorities,etc.
- Outdoor areas: The paved pateo at the entrance will be used for gatherings and events. The surrounding grounds will be used to establish a sculpture garden that is relevant to the museum’s theme.
The Museum will be developed gradually: at first it will function as a gallery and exhibit artwork.
During this year, the gallery will be open on certain hours or by invitation.
In parallel there will be a process of collecting materials from persons and from the village archives.
There will be a modular workflow in stages, that will include extended work on content, exhibitions, videos, etc.
There will be a process of creating permanent exhibition.
This is a significant step of making contact with those interested to participate in and lead the ideas.
We plan for the Museum to become fully operative by the end of 2016.