In 2012, Sue DiCicco began to wonder how ordinary citizens could guide the world’s youth towards a conversation about peace, community, harmony, and connectedness. As a former Disney animator and longtime author and illustrator of children’s books, Sue began exploring the idea of connecting students through the arts. While mulling the possibilities on Facebook, the discussion caught the eye of Deborah Moldow, then chair of the United Nations Peace Day NGO. Deborah asked if Sue could create a project for Peace Day. This was the beginning. Soon, the Peace Crane Project took flight.
Since launching the Peace Crane Project in late 2012, the goal to arm our children with the skills to express themselves creatively, and connect them to one another through the arts has been met with astounding enthusiasm and support around the world. The United Nations Peace Day team has been incredibly generous in their support and encouragement. Rubia Braun, an Australian filmmaker, has been instrumental as well, producing a series of global videos to capture the essence of the Project. Our web guru, Boris D’Zino, and an incredibly generous and capable Board of Directors now help to keep the cranes in flight. But, at its core, is all of you. The teachers, parents, and community leaders that have joined in, one by one, have come together in ways I could never have imagined, to make the Project their own and build a more harmonious world of tomorrow.
To date, nearly two million children, from 154 countries, have participated. These students engage and communicate with one another every day of the year, often building on the network the Peace Crane Project has created, bringing a new level of compassion, appreciation, and understanding to their communities.
To join this incredible adventure, sign up here.
Fold a crane. Meet the world.