Local art museums help jewelry artist Bothell sell origami crane earrings to fight hate

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Three local art institutions have partnered with Casion Jewelry in Bothell to promote awareness and end the ongoing harassment and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Together, the Schack Art Center in Everett, the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, and the Bellevue Arts Museum successfully helped the “Cranes for Peace” fundraising campaign raise its second $1,000 donation for Stop AAPI Hate. Since May 2021, a total of $2,000 from Washi Origami Crane Earring sales has been donated.

The Stop AAPI Hate Center is a coalition of the Asia-Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. The organization tracks and reports incidents of hate, violence, harassment, and discrimination, and provides translation, advocacy, and more.

“I am very grateful to my partners for their collaboration in this campaign and our success in fundraising, as well as to all the people who support our fundraising by purchasing these Washi Origami Crane earrings,” said said the founder and creator of Casion Jewelry. Fay Lim. “It means so much to me that people believe in our mission to raise awareness and end the ongoing violence against AAPI.”

The “Cranes for Peace” fundraising campaign was launched in May 2021 in conjunction with Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month. The first $1,000 was paid out in October 2021, six months after the campaign launched. Fundraising is planned to continue with the upcoming Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2022.

The Asian tradition of 1000 paper cranes represents the granting of a special wish, happiness, long life and is a symbol of peace. Using “Washi” or traditional Japanese paper that has been hand treated and made in the traditional way, these cranes are also treated to prevent UV fading and are water resistant.

Washi Origami Crane earrings are available at:

Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA 98201

· Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds, WA 98020

Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 or order online at https://shop.bellevuearts.org/collections/jewelry?sort_by=title-ascending.

Casion Jewelry, based in Bothell, WA, offers contemporary, stylish, unique and handmade jewelry as well as custom pieces. View Casion Jewelry’s portfolio at https://casionjewelry.wixsite.com/casionjewelry.

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