Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll

2014 Exhibit

This page is for information related to the 2014 Massillon Museum main gallery exhibit,  Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll. If you are looking for additional information, please also see information on our Traveling Exhibit: Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll.

On exhibit March 8 - May 18, 2014
Nelly Toll was a child living in Poland when forced into hiding from the Nazis during World War II. She dared to dream, imagining a better world that manifested in her creation of nearly 60 watercolor paintings. Journey through her imagery of hope and imagination while viewing the most complete assembly of her original artwork.

Educators Resources

Nelly Toll full biography

Behind the Secret Window vocabulary guide

Window Activity (all ages)

Lesson Plan: Documenting & Photography Activity (Grades 7-8)

Lesson Plan: Storytellers (Grades 9-12)



Related 2014 Events:

Saturday, March 8: Opening Reception
7:00–9:00pm | FREE, No reservations required | Massillon Museum
1:00–3:00pm | Book Signing with Nelly Toll in conjunction with The Big Read Kick Off event
presented by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

Monday, March 10: Legacy Lecture Series presentation
11:00am | FREE | National First Ladies’ Library, Canton
Limited seating, call 330-452-0876, ext 307
Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon will present a lecture on Dr. Toll’s life and work.

Saturday, March 22: Rhythms Concert, Steven Greenman (Jewish and East European folk music)
Doors open at 7:30pm, Concert at 8:00pm  |  Tickets ($12.50; $10 for Museum members; $7 for students with ID)
Available in person, by phone: 330.833.4061 x114, online here.

Saturday, April 5: Do the Mu, The Art of Transformation with Amber Smith
Noon–2:00pm | FREE, All ages, No reservations required | Massillon Museum

Tuesday, April 8: Walsh University’s Lifelong Learning Academy presents the film Schindler’s List
6:30–10:00pm | FREE, No reservations required | Barrette Business and Community Center

Monday, April 28: Yom Hashoah Memorial program with featured speaker Dr. Nelly Toll
7:00pm | Beit Ha’am, Canton | Call 330-445-2404 for more information

Tuesday, April 29: City of Akron’s Holocaust Commemoration and Nelly Toll presentation
Noon | FREE, No reservations required | Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron
Dr. Toll’s presentation will follow the 11:30AM Awards for the Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest

Thursday, May 8: Film screening of Sugihara: A Conspiracy of Kindness
6:30pm | $10/members, $12.50/non-members | Lions Lincoln Theatre
Special appearance by director Diane Estelle Vicari

Tuesday, May 27: Brown Bag Lunch lecture series
presents Barbara Turkeltaub, “Surviving the Holocaust as a Child”
12:10pm | FREE, No reservations required | Massillon Museum
Pictured on Front: from the collection of Nelly Toll

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