Fold a Crane, Join the Movement

Tsuru for Solidarity

“Tsuru” (鶴) means “crane” in Japanese.

Exiled to Motown is an exploration of histories of injustice and interconnectedness, community empowerment and responsibility.

An ikebana-inspired installation with multiple large tree branches, from which multi-colored paper cranes are hung in strings.
Photo Credit: Gary North (Detroit Historical Museum)

The tsuru that are part of Exiled to Motown are a tribute to the movement work of Tsuru for Solidarity, a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American activists working to end detention sites and support directly impacted immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. Tsuru organizes around fighting for reparations in solidarity with Black Americans.

The cranes we collect through the Exiled to Motown exhibit will be strung and shipped to the national organization Tsuru for Solidarity, where they will join protests and stand as an emblem of peace and healing. We invite you to contribute to this exhibit by folding a crane. After the exhibit closes, all cranes will be sent to Tsuru for Solidarity.