Apr 1, 2011 1:02 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

For Peace Sake

Marmalade at Smokebrush moves into a new space and adopts a new mission statement to be a place "where the creative arts and the healing arts meet."

With their re-birth, Marmalade is inviting all members from the community to participate in their free, three-day grand opening festival that kicks off on Friday.

Marmalade will be welcoming everyone from the community to fold a paper crane for peace, which will become part of a permanent art installation in their space. They hope their ceiling will be adorned with a 1000 paper cranes by the end of the weekend.

"If you come, you make something, and you leave it here as part of this greater collective that will remain here. It basically puts that feeling into the world and the feeling that we're trying to promote over this weekend, and with this space, [there] really is a feeling of peace," says one of the event's organizers, Electra Johnson.

In Japanese legend, one who folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

The symbolism of peace associated with the crane did not emerge until after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. A young Japanese girl's only wish was to live after suffering from and eventually dying from leukemia as a result of the bomb's radiation. Her story, and her attempt to fold 1000 cranes, is told in the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

In the wake of the tragic events that occurred in March during Japan's earthquake and tsunami, donations will be accepted and matched by the foundation, and all funds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Belly dancing, Zumba, poetry readings, yoga, and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be featured at the event. Click here for a full list of events and times.

In the future, Marmalade hopes to adorn their ceiling with many more origami animals from elephants to frogs.



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