Jan 15, 2014

Peace Cranes Adorn Portland’s Parkside Neighborhood

Neighborhood Groups Welcome New Year with Symbols of Peace

For Immediate Release


Contact:           James Gemmell

Director of Communications, The Opportunity Alliance



For Immediate Release – January, 2014


Peace Cranes Adorn Portland’s Parkside Neighborhood

Neighborhood Groups Welcome New Year with Symbols of Peace

(Portland) – With the help of residents of Serenity House in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland, origami peace cranes appeared on the front porches and in the doorways of nearly every residence in the neighborhood as the New Year began.  As symbols of wishes for peace and healing in the year ahead, the peace cranes were created by neighbors and organizations in the Parkside community, under the direction of The Opportunity Alliance’s SPIRAL Arts program.  “The cranes, small as they are, are touchingly beautiful,” said Priscilla Dreyman, Director of SPIRAL Arts,  “I could have cried as I rode around the neighborhood looking at them.”


This project is part of a larger initiative entitled Lifting Our Voices: The Many Stories of Parkside. Celebrating the rich diversity of the people and history of Parkside, Lifting Our Voices seeks to build community, strengthen connections among residents, and encourage neighborhood pride through creative expression and cultural appreciation.  Hundreds of peace cranes were created by many people from the neighborhood and beyond, most recently in an origami workshop at Hope.Gate.Way, a United Methodist faith community in the Parkside neighborhood. Parkside neighbors happily received the peace cranes.  One man clearing snow with a large truck took a peace crane from a volunteer and hung it on his rearview mirror.


Volunteers shared the story of Sadako Sasaki, a little girl in Japan who had leukemia.  She knew the legend that if one folded one thousand cranes, one would be granted a wish -- for her it was to get better.   She died before she could complete a thousand cranes, but she inspired thousands of people from around the world to make cranes in her honor. They continue to do so to this very day.


For more information on any aspect of this story, please contact: Jim Gemmell, Director of Communications: 207-523-5014,


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