Help us create thousands of cranes!

According to Japanese tradition, anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1,000 paper cranes will be granted their most desired wish, because they have exhibited the cranes’ loyalty and recreated their beauty. It has also become a symbol of HOPE and HEALING and PEACE during challenging times. They are usually created by friends and communities as a collective effort.

What started as part of a multi-faceted exhibition program centered on John James Audubon, titled For the Birds, has become even more important with this year’s trials. We are striving to create thousands of cranes to display throughout the museum during the upcoming exhibition, and we could really use your help!

Whether you want to just pass some time, need an escape, or want to contribute to the exhibit, we’ve put together this how-to video. And if you want to donate your cranes, you can drop them off in our mailbox with your name(s) and contact information. These may also end up in our collection to document COVID-19 and the current social climate. (Contact information is for our records only and will be kept private.)