Working to combat the continuing attacks against Asian Americans Pacific Islanders (AAPI), Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds has joined Casion Jewelry in Bothell, and two other local art establishments, in the “Cranes for Peace” fundraising campaign.

Cascadia kicked off the partnership campaign in conjunction with its new exhibit featuring Japanese American modernist artist Kenjiro Nomura’s artwork and artifacts from the artist’s internment during World War II.

The exhibit, “Kenjiro Nomura: Works From 1920-1950,” continues through Feb. 20.

“We strongly feel that creative expression through art provides diverse experiences which is at the very core of our ability to serve our culturally diverse community,” said Cascadia Art Museum board member Gwen Johnson.

“In partnering with this fundraising campaign, our organization embraces diverse and wide-ranging perspectives and demonstrates that our actions speak louder than words.”

“It’s exciting to have an addition partner like the Cascadia Art Museum join us in this worthy cause as we use art to promote peace, and stop the harassment and violence against AAPI,” Casion Jewelry founder and designer Fay Lim said.

“This partnership will expand our outreach in sharing our message of peace and inspire more individuals to support ending the violence.”

The “Cranes for Peace” fundraising campaign offers the purchase of Washi Origami Crane earrings, in which a portion of each purchase will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate Center. This organization is a collaboration by the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University.

The center tracks and reports incidents of hate, violence, harassment, and discrimination as well as providing translation services, advocacy, and more.

The Asian tradition of 1,000 paper cranes represents granting a special wish, happiness, long life, and often used to symbolize peace. Using “Washi” or traditional Japanese paper that is processed by hand and made in the traditional manner, these cranes are also treated to prevent UV fading and are water-resistant.

The Washi Origami Crane earrings will be available in the Cascadia Art Museum at 190 Sunset Ave S.,

Edmonds. They are also carried at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett; or can be

ordered online at the Bellevue Arts Museum: Prices start at $60.

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This article was originally published by the Edmonds Beacon, on November 4th, 2021.