Founded in 2012, Tolerance in Motion aims to provide youth—and all people—with the tools to be better human beings, in addition to smarter human beings.
The idea for Tolerance in Motion began with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), and its own educational program — Tolerance Minnesota — a highly successful program offering educators and school districts an award-winning way to teach students about reducing violence and discrimination in the community.
The JCRC conducted a feasibility study confirming there was a need - and a desire - for a permanent tolerance center that would serve Minnesota and the Dakotas. In addition to being costly, however, a single, stationary center would only be able to serve a fraction of the communities and school districts who were clamoring for this kind of program.
And, so, a group of professional and lay leaders with strong ties to the non-profit world and a deep commitment to advancing stories of the Holocaust as well as broader tolerance education began a dialogue about how they could most effectively reach young people. The idea to take a technologically rich “show on the road” took hold and project development was launched, leading to the establishment of a new non-profit organization, Tolerance in Motion.
Modeled after the mobile museums popularized by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, Tolerance in Motion will contain 1,000 square feet of exhibit space and include interactive, multi-media displays designed to take each visitor on a journey of identity, and discovery.