Holocaust Museum Houston Welcomes New Exhibit of Unique Butterfly Art by International Students
HOUSTON, TX - In response to Holocaust Museum Houston’s “Butterfly Project,” students of The Awty International School of Houston have created unique and beautiful butterfly art, which is now on display in the Boniuk Library of Holocaust Museum Houston through October 8, 2004.

Twenty 11th graders created the works of art with butterfly imagery and Holocaust related themes in a variety of media. From painting to photography and from collage to life-sized sculpture, the students have crafted artistically and historically meaningful pieces, which serve as a remembrance of the Holocaust and its horrors.

The museum’s “Butterfly Project” was established to collect 1.5 million butterfly-related pieces of art from around the globe in memory of the 1.5 million children whose lives were lost during the Holocaust. Both the school and the museum projects were inspired by the Friedl Dicker-Brandeis compilation of artwork and poetry by children of the Terezin concentration camp. The compilation is entitled “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

“I truly was not prepared for the effect that this simple project would have on my 11th grade International Baccalaureate art students,” said Rebecca Johnson of the Awty School. “The results were stunning.”

To date, the museum has collected over fifty thousand pieces of butterfly art from students and others throughout the United States and countries around the world. The works span the spectrum from crayon drawings and Popsicle stick creations to those created in complex art media.

Says museum Associate Director of Education Richard Grisham, “ 1.5 million is certainly a lofty goal, but we continue to be pleased and overwhelmed by the number and variety of butterflies we receive. We hope teachers and parents will continue to learn about the project and work with their kids to create and send us more.”

Holocaust Museum Houston continues to collect butterflies and encourages the art projects in conjunction with Holocaust or tolerance education to children. Butterflies can be sent to the museum at 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Questions can be directed to the museum’s Education Department at 713-942-8000.
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