Peace Cranes for Ukraine - A Children's Peace Project
by the Diamond Dragons, a 2nd grade class at Fairmont Elementary School, led by Teacher Angela Brandt
The reception will be held onMonday, June 6 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall. This reception will give the chance for the Artists and their Parents to view and enjoy the final product of their efforts. Artist and COVID-friendly refreshments will be served outside. In addition, this event will be made open to the public for those interested in attending.
As background, the artwork is focused on the Artists’ desire to “chase the world by making it a more peaceful place” through the creation of a thousand paper cranes that each will have a handwritten note of peace and hope for Ukraine. The cranes will be made with blue and yellow origami paper, like the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The idea of creating paper cranes as a plea for peace originated from the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, which tells the real-life story of a young Japanese girl during post-WWII battling leukemia as a result of radiation poison from the nuclear bomb dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima. Sadako began folding over a thousand paper cranes with the hope that she would be freed from her illness.
This event is sponsored by the Arts and Culture Commission, who approved a mini-grant covering the costs of art materials and the reception at the April meeting. At this same meeting, the Artists provided a presentation to the Commission outlining their proposal and planned efforts.
We are very honored and excited to be hosting this event at City Hall!