His plan was to put cameras in the hands of 24 Arab and Jewish children to give them glimpses into each other's worlds.
During the eight months he spent in Israel working on the project, Eskenazi learned that he had to teach the Arab and Jewish children separately.
He watched a 12-year-old girl spit when shown a photo taken by someone from the other class. Some kids slapped pictures from the other group and called them bad.
When Eskenazi arranged for an Arab girl and Jewish boy to sit on either side of him and look through a photo album for a picture to promote the project, the encounter lasted only moments.
Eskenazi's hope is that through months taking photographs of their own worlds and peeking at pictures of life on "the other side," these two dozen children will grow up with a perspective and compassion that many adults in the region lack.
"It's harder to hate someone once you see and understand their life," he said.
This month, York becomes the fourth city in the nation to display "Beyond the Wall: Kids with Cameras -- Jerusalem," and the second to use the idea for a local project.
Last week, Eskenazi stopped by the York Jewish Community Center to give a slideshow presentation.
Afterward, York Daily Record/Sunday News visual editor Christopher Glass handed out disposable cameras to a diverse group of 20 York 12- and 13-year-olds who will spend much of April and May capturing their lives on film after a short primer on photography.
The local children's photos will be assembled for a fall exhibit at the York JCC.
"I thought it was an important message," said Linda Seligson, adult programming director for the York JCC. "If children can learn about each other and learn to get along, then there's hope for peace."
In other arts news around the county:
Make a CD clock
In honor of Earth Day, The National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia will give visitors a chance to create a clock with recycled materials during a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday. Visitors will learn how to decorate a CD, attach hands and a battery and mount it on a stand to make a fun timepiece. Cost is $10 per person and includes materials for the workshop as well as museum admission.
Registration is required. For details, call 684-8261, ext. 237.
Art in residence
YorkArts' Art in Residence fundraiser will be 7 to 10 p.m. April 26 at The Bon-Ton Corporate Center, 2801 E. Market St., York.
Tickets are $70 ($65 for YorkArts members) or $100 (includes one drawdown ticket) for individuals or $160 for a couple's package that includes two admissions and one drawdown ticket. Complimentary beer, wine and soda and heavy hors d'oeuvres are included, as well as a silent auction and a raffle drawing. For details, call 848-3200.
The Land Conservancy of Adams County will hold its annual art auction April 20 at Blue Parrot Bistro, 35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg. Doors open at noon, and the auction begins at 1 p.m. All works will be displayed at Blue Parrot Bistro for three weeks prior to the auction.
Those who attend will have a chance to bid on artwork donated by local artists, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and more. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the conservancy's general fund, which pays for preservation of open space in Adams County. For details, call 334-2828.
Art at B&Bs
Lancaster County bed and breakfasts will host open houses from 1 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in April to showcase works by local artists. For a complete list of participating B&Bs and artists, visit www.padutchcoun try.com.
Take a spring class
--- Learn to make glass beads, a mosaic table, painted floor cloths and more during spring workshops at the York Town Craft Guild. For details, call 845-3206 or visit www.ytcg.org.
--- Explore poetry in art, learn to paint with texture or figure out how to restructure socks during a Friday art class at The Studio & Art Bar this month. For details, call 718-0907 or visit www.thestudioandartbar.com.
Talk art at CityArt
Art history teacher Sally Hawthorn will lead a talk on Pennsylvania artists who have achieved worldwide recognition such as Warhol, Wyeth, Demuth, Moss and Koons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15 and 17 at CityArt Studio Gallery, 118 W. Philadelphia St., York. Cost is $40. For details, call 699-2278.
--- Works by Debra DeHoff are on display through May 31 at the York Lutheran Home The Village at Sprenkle Drive, 1801 Folkmere Circle Drive, York. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For details, call 757-5914.
--- Works by New Freedom artist Sue Myers will be on display through May 3 at the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury. Commissions from sale of the pieces will benefit the library. For details, call 235-4313.
--- Watercolor landscapes and floral still lifes by York artist Joyce Copeland are on display and for sale through April 30 at the Hufnagel Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock.
--- Watercolors by Glen Rock artist Kathy Fugate are on display through April 25 at The Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown.
--- Photography by Bill D'Agostino, Nanette Hatzes and Bruce Neylon will be on display through May 2 at the Unitarian Universalists of Gettysburg, 136 S. Stratton St., Gettysburg. It is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. For details, call 334-2920.
Artisans at work is a monthly column about the local arts community. To submit an item for the column, reach Jennifer Vogelsong at 771-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
What: "Beyond the Wall: Kids with Cameras -- Jerusalem"
When: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through the end of April
Where:York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, York Township
For details: Call 843-0918.