The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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How we began
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The Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education has a long, rich history: 

1960 - Artist and educator Ayala Gordon starts art workshops for children on the roof of the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts.
1966 - The Youth Wing is established in the heart of the new Israel Museum, endowed by the Kennedy and Sacher families from the UK, and the Ben-Shlomo family of Venezuela.
1978 - Renovation and expansion of the Youth Wing increase the number of workshops, and add outdoor activity areas, a library, a recycling workshop, and a center for teacher training programs. The wing is renamed the Ruth Youth Wing, in memory of Ruth Rodman-Friedman, the daughter of Morris and Gertrude Rodman.
2000 - Extensive renovation of the Youth Wing is completed.
2007 - The halls of the Youth Wing are used for regular exhibitions while the rest of the Museum undergoes its comprehensive construction and renewal project.
2010 - The renewed Israel Museum, Jerusalem reopens. The wing is renamed the Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education.