Over the next year, people may see a few more butterflies popping up around Papillion. Except these butterflies aren’t flying anywhere.
As part of the city’s 150-year celebration in 2020, the city is going to have several butterfly wings painted at various spots across the city as part of the nationwide Butterfly Effect program.
The Butterfly Effect was founded in 2013 by artist Tasha Wahl as a philanthropy movement. Butterfly art began cropping up in public places across the globe and since then, the group has raised more than $100,000 for more than 400 charitable organizations across the world.
Individuals can have their picture taken inside the butterfly wings and post the picture to social media. For each picture posted, the Butterfly Effect will make a $10 donation (up to $1,000) to Papillion 150.
Laura Schwartz, executive director for the Papillion Community Foundation, said the program is not only a great way to raise money, but leave a lasting impact on the city.
“When the Mayor (David Black) came to me to talk about Papillion 150, he talked about how we wanted to do something that would leave a legacy,” Schwartz said. “The Butterfly Effect is part of a social movement about being part of the change you want to see. We want this to create social awareness.”
The first butterfly is already on the west wall of Brownie’s Food and Spirits. The butterfly was sponsored by the Bianchi family in honor of Nicole Bianchi’s mother, Betz. Schwartz said the city wanted to have one butterfly in place before Papillion Days.
Beginning in January, one new butterfly will be appearing each month across the city, either indoors or outdoors. Schwartz said each butterfly will have a unique design that will be linked to a certain cause. There will be 13 total butterflies by the end of 2020.
“We will have groups color each butterfly and if it is for a certain cause, we will split the donations we receive with that cause,” Schwartz said. “This isn’t something for profit, this is about giving back.”
There is a stencil that will give each butterfly the same basic design, but different paint colors will allow for variety in each design.
“Anybody can paint these, you don’t have to be an artist,” Schwartz said. “It’s a two-day project to get it stenciled and painted.”
To submit a photo, take a picture inside the butterfly wings and text the photo to 402-215-2464 and a donation will be made to the Papillion Community Foundation. Post the photo on social media with the following hashtags: #papillion150; #butterflyeffect; #socialbutterfly.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a butterfly project can contact the Papillion Community Foundation at 402-331-3917.
To learn more about the Butterfly Effect movement, visit butterflyeffectbethechange.com.