Families belong together.   No human being is illegal. All people have human rights. "Never again" is now.

In June, Immigrant Heritage Month, the Immigration Action Coalition celebrates our heritage as an immigrant nation by featuring, and reviving, the Butterfly Project in which we participated at the beginning of 2020. This page shows the tiles UUAA congregants have created and where they have been placed in Washtenaw County.

The Ann Arbor Jewish Sanctuary and Immigration Network uses butterflies as a symbol of both migration and beauty to emblematize the notions that migration is beautiful and universal, that no human being is illegal, that child detention is a travesty. Most of all, “Never Again is Now.”. Through public art, the project intends to raise awareness of the on-going violations of basic human rights occurring in this country. The Butterfly Project is inspired by the stolpersteine stumbling stones embedded in the sidewalks of German cities. These small plaques serve to commemorate victims of the Holocaust who were forced into detention centers, or forced to emigrate to escape persecution.

The project adopts the butterfly, a symbol of the immigration rights movement. Butterflies migrate across borders to survive. Similarly, people migrate to survive, to reunite with family, to live in safety and without fear.

This is a "distributed" art project. Individuals across the community were asked to decorate the tiles and flyers provided with the symbolic butterfly and messages that address the humanitarian crisis at our borders.

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Download a map of the tile locations


ALL TILESButterfly tiles created by UUAA congregants


Look for UUAA butterfly tiles around town!

If you would like to find our congregation's Migration is Beautiful butterfly tiles around town, you can download a map that gives a tour of the tiles, or read on to find out where each tile is located.


The Hair Station 48 E Cross St YpsilantiThe Hair Station 48 E Cross St Ypsilanti


Silver Lake Recreation Area Pinckney1Silver Lake Recreation Area Pinckney


Sidetrack Bar GrillSidetrack Bar and Grill


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Cultivate Coffee TaproomCultivate Coffee Taproom


Creature Conservancy Creature Conservancy


Cafe Racer Antique MotorcyclesCafe Racer Antique Motorcycles

1200 block of Wines Drive1200 Block of Wines Drive


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church SalineTrinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Saline


Saline Jazzercise Saline Jazzercise


Morris Lawrence Building WCCMorris Lawrence Building WCC


McPherson Local SalineMcPherson Local Saline


Maureen s Designs SalineMaureen's Designs Saline


Jerusalem Garden A2Jerusalem Garden A2


Carrigan Cafe SalineCarrigan Cafe Saline

 Ann Arbor Main Library Friends of the Library Bookshop 2Ann Arbor Main Library Friends of the Library Bookshop












Ann Arbor YMCA Learning GardenAnn Arbor YMCA Learning Garden


















Graffiti Alley Ann Arbor 2Graffiti Alley Ann Arbor (E. Liberty Street)


















Jefferson MarketJefferson Market (Jefferson St)

























Near 3rd St Entrance to Wurster Park Wurster Park- Near 3rd St Entrance

























Saline InnSaline Inn

























Saline Senior CenterSaline Senior Center









































Matty J Bakery and Cafe, SalineMatty J Bakery and Cafe, Saline

 Cranbrook Park in Ann ArborCranbrook Park in Ann Arbor





















Bridge on Maiden lane Ann ArborBridge on Maiden Lane, Ann Arbor

302 E Liberty302 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

WholeFoods on EisenhowerWhole Foods Market, Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor

StJosephsMercyReichert Health Bldg, St Josephs Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor