Chico, CA - The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful is in the foyer at monca through November 3, 2019. It is an art and activism project led by youth in the Bay Area to raise awareness for the 15,000 immigrant children who have been and are currently in US detention. A secondary goal of the movement is to inspire the community to take action to end child detention permanently.
The youths worked with their community to make butterflies out of recycled and upcycled materials. Butterflies are then displayed on strings hanging from old bike wheels and displayed in public institutions in the Bay Area including libraries, hospitals, schools, and city halls.
Chico heard about the project and stepped up to join. Local youths from Parkview, Marsh, Chico Jr and Bidwell Jr High plus their families made 700 butterflies in the front yards of their homes and in their school libraries. Those butterflies helped the Bay Area reach its initial goal of 15,000. A number of those butterflies are now on view at monca.
The project has exceeded its goal of making 15,000 butterflies. But, to their credit, have decided that they will keep making butterflies until the children in detention are free.