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"A small wish for peace"

A First Night Austin parade member with his shadow box in memory of
Sadako Sasaki.

CNN is highlighting stories about acts of kindnesses and generosity for the holidays. Today’s story is about Sadako Sasaki, a young woman who inspired hope for peace in people all over the world though making paper cranes.

TAP’s 2008 First Night Austin theme was based on the non-fiction children’s book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

The story is of a girl, Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing. She developed leukemia from the radiation and spent her time in a nursing home folding paper cranes in hope of making a thousand, which supposedly would have allowed her to make one wish, which was to live. However, she only managed to fold 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold one more, and died shortly after. People made the rest after she died and made a statue for her. (

TAP staff and volunteers made thousands of peace cranes for our First Night Austin parade and even sent some to Japan! Check out our previous blog about the project!

Make your own peace crane!!

Also get involved with TAP’s First Night Austin theme this year, The Neighborhood Project. Help us inspire austinites to look for beauty and room for improvement in their neighborhoods!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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