As ashes of the Holocaust fell to the ground, hope rose from the strings of violins.

The Knoxville Jewish Day School is honored to bring Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust to Knoxville in January 2019. Violins of Hope is a collection of over 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, ghettos, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. The collection was assembled and restored by Israeli master violin maker and restorer, Amnon Weinstein.

In some cases, the ability to play the violin spared Jewish musicians from more grueling labors or death. Nearly 50 years ago, Amnon heard such a story from a Holocaust survivor who brought him a violin for restoration. This man survived the Holocaust because his job was to play the violin while Nazi soldiers marched others to their deaths. When Amnon opened the violin’s case, he saw ashes. He thought of his own relatives who had perished, and was overwhelmed. Amnon put out a call for violins from the Holocaust that he would restore in hopes that the instruments would sound again. Violins of Hope was born.

This life-changing program will reach tens of thousands of people in our region through unique, inspirational, and interfaith multimedia events that will include:

  • EDUCATION - Avshi Weinstein, Violins of Hope founder and educator, along with The Violins and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Musicians will visit East Tennessee middle and high schools. Reaching tens of thousands of students, this educational program will bring the violins’ stories to life and will discuss the importance of tolerance, hope and resilience.
  • EXHIBITION - Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust will be exhibited at the UT Downtown Gallery from January 4-27, 2019. This educational and historical exhibition will be designed by world renowned architect and exhibition designer, Lou Gauci and will lead visitors through the horrors of the Holocaust as well as the hope of the violins with a message of tolerance and resilience.
  • PERFORMANCES – On January 23rd and 24th, the Violins of Hope will be played by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in two performances at the Tennessee Theatre where Hallerin Hilton Hill will narrate and dramatic readings will bring the stories of the violins alive.
  • COMMUNITY EVENTS – A yearlong partnership with local nonprofit organizations, will continue the conversation of social justice, hope, resilience and tolerance—through community initiatives and service opportunities throughout 2019.

We hope that you will accept our invitation to become a sponsor for this powerful and transformational event.

Contact us to become a sponsor of Violins of Hope. Click here to download a full sponsorship packet.

Presenting Sponsor

$100,000

  • As presenting sponsor your name will be synonymous with Violins of Hope Knoxville.
  • As presenting sponsor you will have the opportunity to be a Violins of Hope VIP reception host.
  • As presenting sponsor you will have a speaking opportunity – Introduce Violins of Hope Knoxville main events.
  • Recognition as the presenting sponsor at Violins of Hope Knoxville performances, exhibition and school events.
  • Prominent signage at Violins of Hope Knoxville exhibition, performances and school events.
  • Name and logo on all printed materials and digital communication (including paid advertising).
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville website with a link to your website.
  • Name included in media coverage before and after Violins of Hope Knoxville main events.
  • Private, guided tour of Violins of Knoxville exhibition upon request.
  • VIP seating for sixteen (16) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Seating for sixteen (16) to Violins of Hope Knoxville VIP reception.
  • Seating for twenty (20) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Full page in the Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program with choice of location - inside front cover, inside back cover or back cover.

Exhibition Sponsor

$50,000

  • As the Violins of Hope exhibition sponsor, you will have a speaking opportunity at the exhibition reception and/or ribbon cutting.
  • As the Violins of Hope exhibition sponsor, you will have a special acknowledgment from the performance stage and by Violins of Hope exhibition docents.
  • As the Violins of Hope exhibition sponsor, you will have prominent name and logo signage at the Violins of Hope exhibition and performances.
  • Name and logo on signage at Violins of Hope performances.
  • Name and logo on all print materials and digital communication (including paid advertising).
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville website with link to your website.
  • Name included in media coverage before and after Violins of Hope Knoxville main events.
  • Private, guided tour of Violins of Knoxville exhibition upon request.
  • VIP seating for ten (10) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Seating for ten (10) to Violins of Hope Knoxville VIP reception.
  • Prominent recognition as the exhibition sponsor in Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program.
  • Full page ad in Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program.

Education Sponsor

$50,000

  • As the Violins of Hope education sponsor, you will have a speaking opportunity at the school presentations.
  • As the Violins of Hope education sponsor, you will have a special acknowledgment from the stage at Violins of Hope Knoxville performances and exhibition opening and/or ribbon cutting.
  • Prominent name and logo on signage at all school presentations.
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville performance signage.
  • Name and logo on all print materials and digital communication (including paid advertising).
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville website with link to your website.
  • Name included in media coverage before and after Violins of Hope Knoxville main events.
  • Private, guided tour of Violins of Knoxville exhibition upon request.
  • VIP seating for ten (10) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Seating for ten (10) to Violins of Hope Knoxville VIP reception.
  • Prominent recognition as the education sponsor in Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program.
  • Full page ad in Violins of Hope performance program.

Conductor Sponsor

$25,000

  • As the Violins of Hope conductor sponsor, you will have special acknowledgement from stage at Violins of Hope Knoxville performances and at the exhibition opening and/or ribbon cutting.
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville performance, exhibition and education presentation signage.
  • Name and logo on all Violins of Hope Knoxville print materials and digital communication (including paid advertising).
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville website with link to your website.
  • Private, guided tour of Violins of Knoxville exhibition upon request.
  • VIP seating for eight (8) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Seating for eight (8) to Violins of Hope Knoxville VIP reception.
  • Half page ad in Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program.

Concert Master Sponsor

$10,000

  • Name and logo on all Violins of Hope Knoxville print materials and digital communication.
  • Name and logo on Violins of Hope Knoxville website with link to your website.
  • Private, guided tour of Violins of Knoxville exhibition upon request.
  • VIP seating for four (4) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Seating for four (4) to Violins of Hope Knoxville VIP reception.
  • Quarter page ad in Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program.

Opportunities listed on the sponsorship levels above are subject to print deadlines.