SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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education of students by providing the means to move discussions about serious social issues to a deeper level of understanding. The project addresses issues of civic engagement, conflict resolution, and hands-on exploration. all associated with the conflicts in Africa and other parts of the world where genocide continues to o happen. The arresting photographs s pulled students deeper into discussions about race and intolerance. We followed up by analyzing songs such as James Blunt's "No BravIn the Classroom ery" and John Lennon's "Imagine." At Delta Learning Center, located in Students categorized the song lyrRobbins, Illinois, and part of CHSD ics into deep-rooted themes such as 218, we combined ignorance, truth, the efforts of memory, idenEach bone created was a our art and Engtity, fear, and replica of a part of the human power. These lish students to anatomy, but once collected themes were participate in an and displayed by One Million posted around interdisciplinary unit incorporatthe room, along Bones, it became a visual ing the One with the phosymbol, tool, and catalyst Million Bones tographs, time for social change. project. lines, maps, and The unit began quotes docuwith a photo walk in which students menting the history of genocide. walked through the classroom and Inspired by One Million Bones, analyzed the photographs displayed students created their own bones out on the walls. The photographs were of plaster, newspaper, or clay. They 18 February 2013 SchoolArts examined human anatomy, improved skills with a new medium, analyzed literature, and explored history and current events, all the while exploring how their own art can affect, inform, and persuade. Each bone was a replica of a part of the human anatomy, but once collected and displayed by One Million Bones, it became a visual symbol, tool, and catalyst for social change.

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