Peace Crane Project in Muskoka this summer
PORT CARLING — Muskoka Chautauqua is rounding up a large origami flock this summer to take part in an international project for world peace.
The Port Carling-based non-profit is holding a series of workshops from June to August, where locals and visitors will be encouraged to fold paper cranes, which will be part of Muskoka’s contribution to the Peace Crane Project. The project is a global, grassroots initiative, through which people around the world can make and inscribe origami cranes with peace-themed messages.
Once cranes are folded, the project encourages participants to arrange displays of their creations in community centres, schools and other public venues. Participants are also encouraged to send photos of themselves with their creations to the project’s organizers, who will feature them on an online global map showing placed cranes around the world.
“Muskoka is nothing short of a fitting location from which a contribution to world peace can be made. This region has historically been a place for reflection, contemplation, harmony, healing and creative expression,” said Gayle Dempsey, Muskoka Chautauqua’s director of festival development. “Those who attend our events will have an opportunity to inscribe their names, hometowns and their own messages of peace, which will be sent into the Peace Crane Project as part of this region’s overall contribution to the cause.”
Founded by accomplished artist, animator and NGO leader Sue DiCicco, the Peace Crane Project began in 2013 as a symbolic response to the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Since its beginnings at the United Nations International Day of Peace, the Peace Crane Project has grown to include thousands of participants worldwide from 84 countries.
Locally, Muskoka Chautauqua held a peace cranes workshop on June 28 at the Clevelands House resort in Minett, as part of the Kaleidoscope Children’s Festival. A second, week-long peace cranes display will take place at the Muskoka Place Gallery during ChautauquaFest – a new, 10-day celebration of arts and culture being launched by Muskoka Chautauqua between Aug. 14-23.
DiCicco herself will join Muskoka Chautauqua that week to lead peace crane workshops within the Muskoka region. Currently, Muskoka Chautauqua is also exploring the possibility of creating other displays throughout the region.
So far, Muskoka Chautauqua has already gotten a head start on collecting peace cranes, having held with a workshop at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort and Spa last December.
Dempsey said she is anticipating an enthusiastic response from locals and visitors this summer.
“Collaboration, harmony and peace are themes that already have deep roots within Muskoka,” she said. “Through this project, we hope to not only celebrate these values, but also to pay them forward in a uniquely creative and hands-on way.”
More information on Muskoka Chautauqua’s contribution to the Peace Crane Project will be available in the coming weeks at www.muskokachautauqua.ca. For more information on the Peace Crane Project, or for information on how to submit a photo of your creations to the project’s global map, please visit http://peacecraneproject.org/.
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