SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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Editor's Letter T here are many definitions for the word "consideration," but the one I most prefer is "a thoughtful concern for others." To consider implies developing thoughtful, empathetic judgments or opinions, open-mindedly and respectfully comparing different perspectives. The visual language of art can contribute to this process of consideration without the need to know another written or spoken language. A focus on art ideas or artworks can foster understanding and consideration on social issues that resonate with all people. The continuing development of the Internet has provided a vehicle for reaching people around the world through art in ways that were not possible before. This past summer, at the SchoolArts Folk Art Extravaganza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we were delighted to meet Naomi Natale, a woman who has developed One Million Bones, an art-based program that brings attention to global genocide while raising funds to aid survivors. One Million Bones is asking people to become one of one million and each make a handmade "bone" to represent lives lost through genocide. A One Million Bones installation will be placed on the Mall in Washington, DC, June 8–10, 2013. Last year, an installation of 50,000 bones was laid in the street in downtown Albu- Students create bones for the One Million Bones Project. Follow me on Nancy and Naomi Natale at the SchoolArts Folk Art Extravaganza in Santa Fe. querque, New Mexico, in a moving ceremony. Other installations, called "The Road to Washington," are being displayed right now around the United States. Natale is presenting and leading a hands-on workshop on One Million Bones at the National Art Education Association Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, in March 2013. Naomi Natale came up with this idea as a response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. While working as a photographer in Kenya, she was struck by an irresolvable contradiction: an artistic desire to tell stories through images and a nagging doubt about the effectiveness of her own photography. She wanted to make a social impact through education, hands-on art-making, and public art installations. What most impressed our group about Natale was that this was her idea and that she was determined to make it work. Every aspect of One Million Bones—the website, the curriculum materials, the videos, the installations, and a TED talk—has been carefully considered and professionally presented. Art teachers so often work alone and don't always feel powerful, but Natale's example shows that one person can make a difference. She can be your inspiration; now consider what you can do. Choose a cause you believe in or enlist your students in choosing, and consider how art can share that concern. You can make a difference. Check out my blog at SchoolArtsRoom.com

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