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Cardinals and Butterflies: Union Academy commemorates the late children of the Holocaust

If you visited Upper Campus recently, you were greeted by the beautiful colors of about 2,000 handmade butterflies, courtesy of our K-12 art students.


The artwork display is UA’s take on “The Butterfly Project,” a 12-year-old call to action based on the poem “The Butterfly” that remembers the millions of children who died in the Holocaust. It was made possible thanks to a grant our art department received from the Union County Community Arts Council.


For the first time ever, kindergarten through 12th-grade art students from Union Academy came together for an impactful project. Each student created at least one butterfly, and each butterfly honors and represents a thousand children who were victims of the Holocaust. The art forms consisted of ceramics, paintings, collages, and more.


Art teacher Susan Helms said the project is one of the most impactful projects she’s done as an educator.


“The least we can do is glorify [the children of the Holocaust] with these beautiful colors.”


Union Academy students are extremely proud of their memorial project, especially because it was a school-wide effort.


“The K-2 students were so proud to be a part of something K-12,” art teacher Stacy Ferguson said.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the beautiful artwork, please check it out next time you are on campus! The artwork will be on permanent display at Union Academy.