Culture for Kids in the Arts’ (CKA) 2015 Artasia Project, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, is a collaborative installation inspired by the Japanese tale of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Folding 1,000 paper cranes was originally thought to grant a wish, but over time the paper crane has evolved into a symbol for hope, peace and community collaboration through Sadako’s story. In its entirety, Hope is the Thing with Feathers is a collaborative project that involves four generations of community members, from children, to teenagers, to young adults, to professional artists.

Children across the city were invited to create cranes using scraps of old paper repurposed into origami paper. This reflects the Japanese practice of Mottainaii—which emphasizes the importance of having respect for the resources around you, and using them with gratitude—and encapsulates one of Artasia’s principles, to incorporate environmentalism into our art practice to invoke positive change in our community. Through this practice, children across Hamilton discovered that together they could transform the world: a piece of overlooked, abandoned scrap paper became an origami bird.

Folded into the origami cranes was a “right” that each child felt was vital to their development and wellbeing. These rights have been gathered and organized by Culture for Kids in the Arts, they were then shared with the City, and have grown into the Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth.

Click here to view our Artasia 2015 Program.