Making Hope

Paper cranes, Oliver, CC BY-NC 2.0

Take part in an origami art installation celebrating Peace Days

Peace Days is an annual festival that promotes the cause of peace by nurturing understanding and compassionate action. September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace.  On this day, the Museum is proud to partner with Peace Days in exploring the role that peace plays in the protection of international human rights. 

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb fell on her home city of Hiroshima. She soon developed cancer from radiation exposure. While receiving treatment in the hospital years later, she learned about an ancient Japanese legend that claims anyone capable of folding one thousand origami cranes would be granted a wish by the gods. Eager to experience a more peaceful world, Sadako immediately set to work. She eventually made more than 1,300 origami cranes to fulfil her wish for peace, before passing away at the age of 12. Today, Sadako’s story has become an inspiration for those who wish to live in peace and harmony.

In honour of Sadako and the millions of others affected by violence, join us in the beautiful Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation for Making Hope. In this hands-on activity, we will explore how origami cranes have become an international symbol of peace and hope. Learn how to make your own origami crane, and hang it in a community art installation in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation.

Making Hope is one part of a celebration taking place in communities throughout Manitoba for Peace Days from September 15 to 24. For a full calendar of events, please visit http://www.peacedays.ca/


Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation on Level 3
Cost: Free with admission; free for members


Please note that programs are subject to cancellation or changes without notice