Barnsdall Arts

1000 Cranes Projects

In Japan, tradition calls for folding 1000 paper cranes to make a wish for health, peace and good fortune.

Barnsdall Arts created Project 1000 Cranes with schools throughout Los Angeles. Students made 1000 origami cranes with their best wishes for Japanese children in the wake of the tsunami.

Project 1000 Cranes embodies our hope for health, happiness and recovery
for the children of Nagoya's adopted city of Rikuzentakata in the disaster area. We hope that our children will be linked together by more exchanges in the years to come.

Exhibition: A Tribute to the Children of Japan: Art from Japan In the Barnsdall International Child Art Collection and Project 1000 Cranes
These cranes were on display together with the Barnsdall Arts UNESCO International Child Art Collection of Japanese artwork in a large exhibition at the Main Concourse of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center from April 2011 to February 2012. Over 100,000 people viewed this exhibit. The Los Angeles/Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA) "flew" the cranes to Nagoya in April 2012 to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy.

Participating schools included: Ivanhoe Elementary, Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles Elementary, Mayberry Elementary, Temple Israel Elementary and Westside Charter.

In April 2012 the cranes were flown by the Los Angeles/Nagoya Sister City Affiliation to the children of Japan to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy. Project 1000 Cranes will go on display in Nagoya this month, June 2012. Then the display will be sent to Rikunzentakata, Nagoya's adopted city in the disaster zone.



This program is supported in part by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Los Angeles Sister City Affiliation and Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge supported this program.


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For more information, contact Program Director, Shelah Lehrer - Graiwer:

(323) 363-4628