Hill City artist helps students heal after CT school shooting - KOTA Territory News

Hill City artist helps students heal after CT school shooting


In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, one Hill City artist is using art to help heal a Black Hills community.
After the December mass shooting, Sculptor and former elementary arts teacher Lori Acott was inspired to teach students to use art to send messages of love and peace to Newtown, Connecticut.

She, along with hundreds of students from Hill City schools have created thousands of paper cranes, many of which are inscribed with a personalized message or prayer.

The cranes will be sent to a community close to Newtown, to be organized and eventually distributed in Newtown. Acott is also working with communities in Florida, Switzerland and Italy to create more cranes.
"[It will] show them one by one by one all the people that care about them and how much they outnumber the people who want to hurt them. It would benefit both the kids there in Newtown and our kids and ourselves in our communities," said Acott.
A 13 foot sculpture by Acott entitled Peace will also be donated to the Newtown community in the coming months.
For more information on how to make the cranes, visit www.DreamBigSculpture.com

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