Thanks to the New York State Assembly, $1.5 million of capital funding has been announced for the construction of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s New York-based Mobile Museum of Tolerance (MMOT).
This state-of-the-art mobile education center will utilize innovative technology and interactive lessons becoming a critical expansion of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s educational resources in New York State.
The MMOT will allow easy access for tens of thousands of students, educators, law enforcement agencies, faith groups, and professionals to critical educational training on issues such as anti-Semitism, racism, bullying, stereotyping, hate, and intolerance and to promote diversity and human dignity.
“The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s New York-based Mobile Museum of Tolerance will educate New Yorkers on the importance of tolerance and acceptance and illustrate the detrimental effects hatred has had on the global community,” said Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, adding, “I want to thank Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein and Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright for their leadership in bringing this innovative museum to New York so that people of all ages can learn from the past and celebrate our diverse communities.”
The New York MMOT will represent the third such initiative for the SWC that currently operates highly successful Mobile Tolerance Museums in Illinois and Canada. MMOT in Illinois, launched in February 2021 to great acclaim, has educated almost 4,000 students in person and 2,000 students virtually. The Tour for Humanity Mobile Tolerance Center has educated over 150,000 students at 750 schools and communities across Canada.