Cranes of Hope
Cranes of Hope is a monthly meeting for those on a healing journey to make works of art as an act of community healing and service.
Cranes of Hope and Sharing is community collaborative art project supported by the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. Each month participants meet to create paper cranes which are attached to small pocket sized art pieces reflecting hope and positive statements.
The art pieces are then given away to others on a healing journey. Currently the “Crane” creations are given out to patients through Virginia Piper Cancer Institute clinics, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing outpatient clinics, care givers, and Minnesota Oncology.
Drop-ins are welcome. Materials are supplied - although you may be inspired to bring some of your own to future groups.
Cranes of Hope meets in two locations:
- Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Piper Building, 6th floor conference room, on the fourth Thursday of the month*
- United Hospital, Ritchie Medical Plaza, Suite 300, on the first Thursday of the month*.
*Holidays excluded; check schedule for details.
The original inspiration for Cranes of Hope is the Thousand Cranes project, an international project promoting healing and good wishes. Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and is said to live for a thousand years: That is why 1000 cranes are made, one for each year. Cranes that are made by one person and given away to another.