Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:37

15,000 Butterflies for 15,000 Children

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Teaching hosts Kate Thornton and Tenesha Murphy to make origami butterflies are l-r Liz Hein, Jen Marriner, and Rebecca Fox. The group from CNY Arts Center made an appearance recently on Channel 9's Bridget St.to solicit the public's help in folding 15,000 butterflies in remembrance of the 15,000 children who passed thru Terezin Ghetto during the Holocaust. Only about 100 children survived. Teaching hosts Kate Thornton and Tenesha Murphy to make origami butterflies are l-r Liz Hein, Jen Marriner, and Rebecca Fox. The group from CNY Arts Center made an appearance recently on Channel 9's Bridget St.to solicit the public's help in folding 15,000 butterflies in remembrance of the 15,000 children who passed thru Terezin Ghetto during the Holocaust. Only about 100 children survived. Submitted photo

With April being Holocaust Remembrance month, CNY Arts Center in Fulton is ambitiously trying to fold 15,000 origami butterflies to represent the thousands of children lost during the Holocaust.

Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin on their way to the gas chambers, and only about a hundred were still alive when the Ghetto was liberated at the end of the war.

Over 3,000 butterflies have been folded or donated but the Arts Center needs help from the public to reach its goal by May 4th when the butterflies will be put on display. The display will be open to the public during performances of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, a play which tells the story of the children and one survivor who saved the drawings and writings of children who passed through.

Butterflies are coming from all over with word spreading on Facebook through social media. “The butterflies are easy to fold and inexpensive to mail from anywhere,” said Project Coordinator Jen Marriner. “For anyone who doesn’t want to fold, we are also accepting donations of paper for volunteers to fold.”

Making an appearance on Channel 9’s Bridge St. the group recently made an appeal to the public to help. With only 3 more weeks to reach their goal, CNY Arts Center hopes to fold enough butterflies to make a significant impact on the importance of never forgetting the atrocities of the Holocaust.

The play runs May 11-20 at the Arts Center located at 11 River Glen Dr. on the Cayuga College Fulton Campus. Directions for folding the butterflies and where to find paper suitable for folding can be found on the organization’s website at CNYArtsCenter.com. Completed butterflies can be dropped off at the CNY Arts Center Arts HotSpot, 47 S. First St in downtown Fulton on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-2, or mailed to P. O. Box 477, Fulton, NY 13069.

Teachers and educators are encouraged to get children involved in the project. A school performance will be held on May 15 at 10 am for those interested. The connection in seeing the walls filled with butterflies they helped to fold and hearing the words of the play will teach a valuable lesson.

For more information please visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).

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