POINT OF VIEW
One Million Bones
Naomi Natale, Our Road of Bones, 2008.
In the spring of 2013, one million bones will flood our nation’s capital. One Million Bones is an
international fundraising art installation and education project made by an
international community of artists,
activists, and students designed to
recognize the millions of victims of
genocide. Our mission is to increase
global awareness of the ongoing devastation of genocide, raise $5 million
to protect and aid displaced victims,
and educate students about tolerance
through art and
Bones asks one million people to create
a bone representing
a victim of genocide,
and sponsor it for $5. Sponsorship
funds will go to service organizations
for survivor aid.
discuss what makes us different and
what makes us the same allows them
to understand global issues through
an individual lens. This is the first
step towards change.
Outreach efforts to educators
across the country will help teachers
create a curriculum that is age appropriate, and that encourages analysis
and synthesis, as well as the creative
consideration of global issues.
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
Art and Action
Apathy is often cited as the reason
that people fail to
act against injus-
tice, though per-
is a more useful
way to describe
such inaction. If
we approach the problem from this
perspective—that people don’t act
because they don’t feel capable of
affecting change—it has a very clear
solution: Offer people a compelling,
tangible way to make a difference and
they will seize it.
This is the guiding principle behind
One Million Bones. In places like
Sudan, Burma, and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, millions have
been murdered or displaced by systematic killings and ethnic cleansing.
Offer people a
compelling, tangible way
to make a difference and
they will seize it.
The arts are a powerful tool for engaging the community. We believe this
type of hands-on education is necessary because addressing global issues
begins with the knowledge that global
issues are local issues magnified by
distance and intensity. Therefore, providing a creative arena for children to
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
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.