FULTON – 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.
More than 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin on their way to the gas chambers. Only about a hundred were still alive when the ghetto was liberated at the end of the war.
More than 3,000 butterflies have been folded or donated but the Arts Center needs help from the public to reach its goal by May 4 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 NewsChannel 9’s Bridge Street, the group recently made an appeal to the public to help.
With only three more weeks to reach its 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 Drive on the Cayuga College Fulton Campus.
Directions for folding the butterflies and where to find paper suitable for folding can be found at CNYArtsCenter.com.
Completed butterflies can be dropped off at the CNY Arts Center Arts HotSpot, 47 S. First St., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 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 a.m. 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).