SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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point of view One Million Bones Naomi Natale, Our Road of Bones, 2008. Naomi Natale I discuss what makes us different and n the spring of 2013, one million what makes us the same allows them bones will flood our nation's to understand global issues through capital. an individual lens. This is the first One Million Bones is an step towards change. international fundraising art installaOutreach efforts to educators tion and education project made by an across the country will help teachers international community of artists, create a curriculum that is age approactivists, and students designed to priate, and that encourages analysis recognize the millions of victims of and synthesis, as well as the creative genocide. Our mission is to increase consideration of global issues. global awareness of the ongoing devastation of genocide, raise $5 million Art and Action to protect and aid displaced victims, Apathy is often cited as the reason and educate students about tolerance that people fail to through art and act against injussocial activism. Offer people a tice, though perOne Million compelling, tangible way haps powerlessness Bones asks one milto make a difference and is a more useful lion people to create they will seize it. way to describe a bone representing such inaction. If a victim of genocide, we approach the problem from this and sponsor it for $5. Sponsorship perspective—that people don't act funds will go to service organizations because they don't feel capable of for survivor aid. affecting change—it has a very clear solution: Offer people a compelling, why Art? tangible way to make a difference and The arts are a powerful tool for engagthey will seize it. ing the community. We believe this This is the guiding principle behind type of hands-on education is necesOne Million Bones. In places like sary because addressing global issues Sudan, Burma, and the Democratic begins with the knowledge that global Republic of the Congo, millions have issues are local issues magnified by been murdered or displaced by sysdistance and intensity. Therefore, protematic killings and ethnic cleansing. viding a creative arena for children to 12 October 2010 SchoolArts The international community has neglected to effectively intervene and the violence, which has ravaged for years already, continues. One Million Bones aims to unite people whom oppose these genocides. It provides participants with the means to both demand government intervention and raise support for victims. It gives these ongoing tragedies an emotional presence and a powerful voice. opportunity for participation One Million Bones is looking for educators to bring this project into their classrooms. Regardless of the subject taught, we are convinced that One Million Bones can assist with student engagement and skill acquisition at all educational levels. We hope that you will consider bringing this project into your classes, perhaps even every semester until our 2013 installation. This issue is so important, and any awareness we can spread is incredibly valuable. Naomi Natale is the director of One Million Bones and of the Cradle Project. nnatale@onemillionbones.org Web Link www.onemillionbones.org www.thecradleproject.org

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