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How do I explain what The Butterfly Project is to other people?
It can be intimidating to explain what The Butterfly Project is about to people who have never heard of it. You can use these simple bullets to spread the word and share the message in support of our cause:
- Ceramic Butterflies are being painted to memorialize the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust.
- TBP uses the lessons of the Holocaust to teach tolerance and to remember the past, act responsibly in the present and create a better future.
- Each person who participates in painting a butterfly becomes an ambassador for ARTIVISM, which is the word we use for art in support of change and activism!
How many butterflies are in a kit?
There are 36 butterflies in our kits.
How much time does the butterfly painting take?
Most people finish painting their butterfly in around 15 minutes, but we recommend allotting 30-45 minutes for the activity to include time for people to read their biography card and discuss.
How do I apply the butterflies to the wall?
You can use a product called Thin Set, which is available at Home Depot. You can mix a small batch to the consistency of peanut butter and use a pallet knife to apply the mix to the back of the butterfly. Here’s the link for our video that explains how to make your own butterflies – at 1:38, we give a demo on how to mix the mortar to apply the butterflies!
How many butterflies are required to qualify to be an installation?
We ask that a minimum of 18 butterflies be displayed to be considered one of The Butterfly Project’s installations.
How do I get a school assembly to happen?
Please contact us for more information on how to hold an assembly at your school. We are happy to provide guidance and support where we can.
How do I find a survivor? What should I say to ask them to come speak?
Please do not be nervous to contact survivors. In our experience, survivors appreciate the mission of The Butterfly Project and are eager to support the cause when they can. Feel free to contact us if you would like to guidance and coaching to reach out to a survivor.
What if I can't have someone come speak?
See our Education Resources page for more ways to bring the educational component to a butterfly event.
What if I don't have a kiln?
I have a kiln! What temperature are the butterflies fired to?
We use low-fire clay, so you will need to apply a top clear glaze, being careful to clean off the back of the butterflies before firing. Once loaded into the kiln, the butterflies need to be fired to Cone 05.
Is this age appropriate for kids under 5th grade?
Painting butterflies is appropriate for all ages, from young children to grandparents. The educational component should be tailored to be age-appropriate for those participating. Please feel free to contact us if you need ideas for appropriate resources for younger children.
How do I spread the word?
When will the film be finished?
The film is slated to be finished in 2016. Check out a short snippet of the film here!
What if I'm not Jewish - can I still participate?
Yes, definitely. The Butterfly Project’s message of acceptance and tolerance encourages interfaith participation.
What can I do if I have no place to hang the butterflies.
If you do not have a location to install or display your butterflies, please send them to us and we will include them in one of our many installations in the San Diego area.
How do I make a donation?
Please visit our Donate page to learn more about donating to The Butterfly Project.