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 out as part of an exhibition centered on the ornithological contributions of John James Audubon titled For the Birds, became a multi-faceted project due to such unprecedented times. We are striving to create thousands of cranes to display throughout the museum and could use your help!

Whether you want to pass some time, need an escape, or would like to contribute to the exhibit, we have put together this video tutorial on how to fold a crane. If you would like to donate your masterpieces, you can drop them off in our mailbox with your name and contact information!

Check out our video tutorial on how to contribute to our project.