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One Million Bones

One Million Bones
Posted on: September 28, 2011

One Million Bones (OMB) is a social arts proejct that uses education and hands-on art making to raise awareness of genocide. Since January we have been hosting and/or facilitating workshops around the country where individuals of all ages are participating in values-based discussions about current world events in Sudan, Congo, and Burma. In the course of these discussions we ask them to create a replica human bone of clay. In 2013, OMB will take 1,000,000 of these hand made bones to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., creating a collaborative public artwork and site of conscience. Additionally, the installation in Washington will serve as a visible petition representing the voice and will of every participant that genuine action be taken to mitigate current genocides and atrocities. The second vital aspect of OMB is that we ask artists to participate by making bones in their preferred medium. These bones will be featured in special accompanying exhibitions, leading up to and after the main installation on the National Mall. These two components allow OMB to hold a strong artistic vision, celebrate the diversity of the arts, and involve individuals in the creative process in a meaningful way. OMB and its newly forming parent organization, The Art of Revolution, are committed to working at the intersection of art and social activism holding artistic excellence primary.

The SPREAD grant, if awarded, will allow One Million Bones to document our organizing and creative process as well as the installation. Funds will support video documentation and the creation of a catalog of images, and writings from artistic, activist and survivor perspectives.

One Million Bones will work through the spring of 2013 facilitating workshops and events with the installation in Washington D.C. scheduled for late May of 2013.

OMB is important in two ways. It is breaking ground in combining art and social justice work in a project which at its core has a strong aesthetic value. There are projects that use the arts as a way of engaging people with an issue. OMB’s approach is to ask people to make a commitment to be part of an artistic vision, and a social movement. This is especially important now for Sudan, the Congo, and Burma. The violence and destruction in these countries is continuing, and yet, there are hopeful signs. Now, more than ever, the work OMB is doing has the potential to use visual symbols to impact the world in a strong, positive and relevant way