In 2015, Armed with the Arts Inc hosted a Poetry Slam, encouraging teens to perform their original poems.
Here’s our winner, Shaun D’souza from Bangalore, India.
In 2014, we decided to produce a sing-a-long, inviting all the students folding cranes to also sing for peace. Rubia Braun wrote an original song for the event! Over the course of many months, schools, community groups, and individuals uploaded clips for us to edit together. Here are the incredible results. Don’t miss our notations in the corners, alerting you to the countries these amazing kids (and a few grown-ups!) come from.
Huge thanks to everyone that participated. We can’t wait to create another one someday!
In 2015 one of our participants asked us to create a project to celebrate the new year. We considered snowflakes at first, but too many of our students were in the middle of summer! One of the challenges of a global project is how school schedules and seasons vary around the world. After some thought, we did a riff on a paper snowflake and designed this project to unite the children of the world.
While we do not actively promote this activity now, you are welcome to watch this instructional video and download the template anytime. These make a great item for exchanging, or just sharing with family and friends.
In 2018, we held a tiny crane folding contest to celebrate the launch of “The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki.” After WWII, paper was in short supply in Japan. In order to assure she had enough paper to fold the 1,000 cranes required to make her wish come true, Sadako never used a piece of paper bigger than 3” square. And some cranes she folded were no bigger than a grain of rice! We decided to challenge our participants in a tiny crane folding contest and WOW were we surprised by the many, many tiny cranes that arrived here.
Thanks to everyone that participated. Maybe we’ll do it again sometime. Meanwhile…
Here are the Winners!
Robbie Fernandez and Zachary Green, Ms. Krudzlo’s Class at DeMasi Elementary School in New Jersey USA
Aaron, Maya’s class in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Isabella Delany Scheirer, Ms.Kleppinger’s Art Class at Ritter Elementary School in Pennsylvania USA
and our Runner Ups:
Donald Rothman, Alaska USA
Nathan Goucher, Ms. Z’s Class in South Carolina USA
Kristin Poole, Texas USA
Ms. Avery’s Class at Long River Middle School in Connecticut USA
Second place winner, Kaohsiung, Taiwan