1000 Cranes / / 1000 Wishes
A ReachArts Community Art Project

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep social distance.

These are the rules we are all asked to live by right now, but what about the future? What’s next?

What are our hopes and our wishes going forward - for ourselves, for our community, country, world and what has this got to do with wearing a mask?

Just as we all need to follow the rules in order stop the negative impact of this pandemic, we can put our wishes together in a positive expression of our hopes for a better future.

Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one's wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.

It is with this intent and with the slogan “we are all in this together” that ReachArts is launching the “1000 Cranes // 1000 Wishes” community art project .

The public is invited to fold paper cranes that will be collected and displayed inside the ReachArts building. Images of the installation will be shared online as well as offering small group access to view the art piece in situ.

We are asking the community to participate in a creative process, to switch off social media and be mindful, to work with their hands and to stay positive. The idea is simple: collect 1000 cranes and display them all as a show of unity and hope.

Everyone can participate! It’s easy, even if you have never done origami before. Make as many as you like, each crane will have a place in the final display.

Here is how it works:

  • Use printer paper. Keep it blank or write your wish, message or a poem. You can color, paint and decorate it any way you like. Get the children involved, let them express themselves and have fun.
  • Fold the paper by following the instructions here: https://youtu.be/KfnyopxdJXQ
  • Drop off your cranes in the “Community Art Project”  box on the ReachArts porch, 89 Burrill Street, Swampscott.
  • Optional: Send us a photo with your name for posting online at gallery@reacharts.org
  • Most importantly, have fun!!

Questions? Contact Ingrid at: ingrid.pichler@reacharts.org


89 Burrill Street
Swampscott, MA 01907
Open Sundays 10-1


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