Monday, August 23, 2010

The Butterfly Effect OPEN is calling YOU!

I was just over at my girl Two's blog (Two Dresses Studio) and I just saw the most beautiful blog post EVER and I am joining in on the project and I urge everyone to have a go too!

The Holocaust Museum Houston in Texas, USA has project underway called "The Butterfly Project" and their mission is as follows:

The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
And the tag line following it reads:
Stop Hate. Starting Here.

The Butterfly Project mandate is  to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.

 In Spring 2013, these butterflies will then become a break-taking exhibition to serve as a memory of this event.

 Can you imagine? 1.5 million children translated into 1.5 million butterflies....?  If you wondering why a butterfly, the project is based on this poem:

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing 
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure 
because it wished 
to kiss the world good-bye.

 For seven weeks I’ve lived in here
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly. 
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written  by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

Pavel Friedman was only 23 years old!
I knew instantly as soon as I started reading Two's post that I want to be a part of this moving and beautiful project. I have spent a lot of time reading books about the Holocaust and it saddens me to think that any human being could do this to another human being and innocent children of all things! This is such a great cause and I encourage each and everyone one to join in with us all as we make a special butterfly for each of those 1.5 million children who's lives were taken way to soon!

Two will be collecting all of the beautiful butterflies we make. She will open the envelopes, photograph the butterflies and begin collecting a box full of butterflies to send on behalf of us all!

Will you play with us? Would you love to be a part of this? Join in and make a butterfly?

 We'll call it ....

The Butterfly Effect "OPEN" - anyone, any place, any age....

...borrowing from chaos theory, but much more importantly based on the wonderful notion that if enough people think enough healing thoughts, then slowly our world will be at peace. No one said it better than Gandhi - Be the change you want to see in the world.

 The power of the collective consciousness. Wouldn't this be a great place to start?

Consider yourself invited!

How it will work - 

Follow the instructions  as outlined by the Holocaust Museum highlighted in blue below.  When your copyright free butterfly is completed, pop it into an envelope including your name, email and blog or web address and mail it to:

Two Dresses Studio
1554 - 20 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB  T1K1E9

Deadline -  yet to be decided

When Two receives your butterfly, she will email you and then snap a photograph and post it in a central post with a link back to your blog or website. The day after the deadline, she will send them on their way....

Or, if you'd prefer to bypass the group project,  (though it won't be as much fun!) and still want to contribute,  mail it directly to this address:

Holocaust Museum Houston

Butterfly Project
Education Department
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

~Here are the Instructions for Making the Butterfly ~

•Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.

•Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.

•Glitter and all glitter-related products should not be used.

•Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

Want to play but time broke?  Well, I have an 'app' for that!   Here's a simple, quick and easy solution for you. If you head on over to Two's blog HERE, you can grab up some beautiful butterfly images to get you on your way with your project.

Want to get others involved? Here are a few ways - 

1. Click on the image of the hand holding the butterfly above,  add it to your sidebar and link it back here.

2. Or write a post about it, or post your butterfly to your sidebar.

3. Or tell two people and ask them to tell two people.

4.  Are you an educator or a teacher? Get your class involved. The organizers have a special section devoted for this very purpose here along with five activities, objectives, lesson plans and examples.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email Two (Trudi) at or check out her blog post
and watch the butterflies flutter all over her blog.

 Finally - here are  a few links for more information:
1.  Holocaust Museum Houston
2.  The Butterfly Project
3.  Butterfly Utopia (direct link to the black and white butterfly images Two has on her blog)

Remember, don't forget to include your email address and your website or blog address so Two can link your butterfly photo back to you.
Make sure to bookmark Two's post too so you can go back and watch the butterflies appear on her blog!

And a huge thank you in advance for playing along. I so can't wait to see what you all create!
Really hope you can join in on this amazing project!


Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Oh you are such a doll!!! I can't wait to see yours - it'll be my first glance at an Aussie butterfly! Thank you so much Tara. I'm choking up just typing this. a damn good way too!!

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

ok - can you believe what the little 'password' was that I had to type in to get my other post through to was herryb - now, if this next one is fish flakes, I'm going to pack it in and commit myself!

Eryn said...

wow thanks for posting this tara! What an inspiring project!

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting, tara....
my daughter, sofia & i are in. i will post the butterfly in my humble blog's margin & write a post, as well as giving the project a mention on my FB page.
thank you so much for informing us about this amazing event.

Tara said...

Ohhhhhhhhh Twomatossa I can't stop LAUGHING soooo hard. LOL LOL! Fish flakes. I wonder if I can set that up??? HAHAHAHAHAHA! Nah you'd end up in the mad house each time you commented over here. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I can't wait to get my Aussie butterfly flapping it's wings over to you and just just gave me another idea for my butterfly! YAYYYYYYYYY!

And Eryn and Dani, you are sooo welcome. Isn't it an amazing project. I can't wait to get my butterfly done and see everyone else's too. Thank you so so much girls.

Love Ya's

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