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The planting of a peace sculpture for the community at peacePlace Jan 4, 2015

Vietnamese refugee finds answers, home in his art, an Arizona Republic news release about Thuong Nguyen on Dec, 15th 1994. A quote from article: "... he uses found objects in his art as witness and evidence of the struggles of man and nature over time." Today 20 years later Thuong delivered a totem sculpture to peacePlace made of a bomb casing and rods of metal coming together at a point from the top of the container. This form is now buried within the brick work of the patio to receive written intentions of peace making, from anyone wishing to contribute. As the full moon was rising, the sun was on fire and the snow on the Superstition Mountains was melting, an origami crane and Tibetan prayer flags were integrated into the metal structure... Thank you for this gift to the community Thuong. Namaste

Michael Butzine first met Thuong 15 Years ago this week when Thuong presented an installation and book reading, Sadako, at Burton Barr library followed by a community of children and adults learning how to make an origami crane... Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes – August 15, 1979, by Eleanor Coerr & Ronald Himler (Illustrator)

Michael as a 10 year old learning from Thuong how to make a crane & 1,000 cranes made by children in a high school Thuong had attended as a student which hung at Burton Barr January 200.

Curriculum was developed for Dr. Mary Stockrocki’s art education class at ASU and has been disseminated in many classrooms, community spaces and Lower Buckeye Jail with youth and adults. Lesson Objectives:

1. "Engage & Persist:" Teachers in visual arts classes present their students with projects that engage them. When they teach their students to stick to a task for a sustained period of time, they are teaching participants to focus and develop introspection.

This visual arts lesson plan is multifaceted integrating literary arts, music, art making and reflective writing... Lesson Plan for Sadako - by judy butzine

Student at ASU art ed classLowell Elementary School where this activity occurred. International Peace Pals exhibition featuring large origami cranes and Ikebana arrangements...

Lower Buckeye Jail: Melanie Ohm working with youth and bringing the crane project to them as a means of focusing on positive ways to identify the youths’ strengths and more responsible choices in the future.

Thuong discusses his print DREAMINGThe youth experience this multidisciplinary activity

Following the very exacting folding of an origami peace crane the youth assess their outcomes through a reflective process of questions: Steps I took to reach a goal; Potenital obstacles I may encounter; My resources with or without others; and How I will persist when the problem solving gets tough. A process that is transferable into all aspects of anyone’s daily life!

Following the Tsunami that hit Japan, 7 April 2011, the world watched in horror as to the effects of this natural disaster... Persons around the world responded with incredibel acts of kindness and compassion from all walks of lyfe!

School children across the country responded as well

My adult children and some of Michael’s friends created cranes that went to a philanthropist in Washington State who sent $1.00 to Japan for each crane he received...

(Angel of Nature painting by Luis Gutierrez)

Thank you for bringing this awareness to us Thuong and enriching our many communities throughout these past 2 decades... Namaste

Michael was in Hiroshima, Japan, this past year and folding a crane, left at the Sadako Peace Sculpture... He will experience many more opportunities in his lifetime as his circle continues to take this art of peacemaking to others and so will YOU!. At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads: "This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world."

Everyone is invited to peacePlace to make a crane or write an intention and leave it at our sculpture for peace...

Photo narrative my judy butzine, MSW, Director of the CAC (602) 375-9553

It is an honor to work with so many artists who contribute to our humanity through our non-profit: Cultural Arts Coalition: celebrating global communities

The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.