Make a Butterfly

Help memorialize those who perished in the Holocaust by making a butterfly. Information as how to participate during Spring semester is forthcoming.

As part of The Butterfly Project, Wolf Performing Arts Center (based in Philadelphia, PA) is collecting 15,000 handmade butterflies to honor the memory of each child who passed through Terezin.

How can I help?

Submit your own hand-crafted butterflies, as an individual or group.

  • Butterflies should be no larger than an 8 by 10 inch piece of paper.
  • Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses (two-dimensional submissions preferred)
  • Glitter and all glitter-related products should not be used.
  • Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

What happens to my butterfly once submitted?

The butterflies will be displayed in public spaces throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area during the 2012-2013 Season. Ultimately, butterflies will be assembled into an art-installation piece to accompany our final performances during the Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts, surrounding Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 7, 2013. At the end of the season, our butterflies will join hundreds of thousands of others from all over the country and even the world at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Houston, TX where they will become part of a beautiful exhibit honoring the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.

Will I be able to see my butterfly once it’s displayed?

Yes! We would like to keep you updated on the whereabouts of your butterflies, and invite you to our final performances in April 2013 to see your butterfly joined by thousands of others. If you cannot join us in Philadelphia in April 2013, you will be able to view your Butterfly through our interactive website at

Please include the following information with your submission:

Submitting as an individual

  • On the back of each butterfly
    • Artist’s First Name, Age, and Hometown
  • With your submission
    • Mailing Address, Email Address
    • “In honor of…” or “In Memory of…” optional

Submitting for a group

  • On the back of each butterfly
      • Artist’s First Name, Age, Hometown and Organization/School Name
  • With the group submission:
    • Organization/School Name and Mailing Address
    • Primary Contact person’s E-Mail Address
    • Total number of butterflies submitted

Where to Submit

There will be tables set up around campus. You may also drop them off with Dawn in the Student Programming Center (307 Union Building), or with Cherylyn in the Multicultural and International Center.

Ideas for Making Your Own Butterfly

Feel free to contact us and let us know of other ways to make a butterfly that we can share.

Printable Butterfly Templates

Origami Butterfly


Tissue Paper Butterfly