In 2008, a diverse group of organizations and individuals came together and created an amazing series of events in Pittsburgh under the banner Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace. That year, our kickoff action events from August 6 – 9 in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to a more concentrated month of activities in September which included art, film, workshops, lectures, and events for children – focused on peace as well as a city council resolution. Emily Laychak, a young Pittsburgh artist, inspired us to use the crane as our symbol. She told us that after learning about the project, she left her receipt in the form of an origami crane at a restaurant.  That evening a friend returned the crane to her; it had passed through several hands.  That small story inspires our efforts to communicate a message of peace and opposition to nuclear weapons throughout the Pittsburgh community in a way that is both creative and dynamic.

Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace is a volunteer effort involving the participation – in some or all of our events – of an unusually broad group of organizations and individuals, including:

We are concerned not only with the past, but the future and seek to encourage activism and hope.  Please join us!


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  1. Robin Berson says:

    I am teaching a course this summer on Quilts as voices of community, conscience, protest, and memorialization. I would very much like to include the Shibori quilt project–can you please send me literature on the origin/process of making the quilts, and any images you would prefer that I use. (This is for the lifelong learning center at Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts.) I have sent you the website for the large memorial quilts I’ve made for the victims of the Triangle Factory Fire (1911) and the garment workers of Bangladesh.

    Many thanks,

    Robin Berson
    80 La Salle Street, #20F
    New York, NY 10027

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