These precious objects don't have to be expensive or have value outside of the personal connection they have to you; the museum is looking for a wide array of pieces that express and explore individual history. Though the permanent exhibit these submissions will compliment focuses on the history and culture of the Jewish people, these new additions are meant to tell many stories.
Kolber also shares that with events in Colorado's recent history like the floods, wildfires and the Aurora Theater shooting, there is a lot of conversation around feeling a deeper connection to places and things and a desire to protect them.
"I remember sitting at my desk the Friday morning after the Aurora shooting and feeling a deep sense of sadness for not only the people directly affected by this massacre but for the place itself -- the theater, the neighborhood, and the city of Aurora," says Kolber. "Similar to any other human case or natural disaster, the places in which they happen become scarred and require healing.
"I think each individual can point to a place in their neighborhood or city that they'd feel a protectiveness over -- I didn't experience fires and flooding in Colorado personally, but no doubt my friends living in those places feel a similar sense of protectiveness over the places that were so violently harmed in those events. From that night onwards, this idea about protecting the places that matter to us, became the focus of my attention and after enough discussion with my coworkers, we turned it into an overarching theme for the next two years of programming."
The Mizel Museum will be collecting objects through March 31. If you are interested in loaning a piece, contact Kolber at 303-749-5014 or [email protected]