One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice, which means we combine education hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma.
At One Million Bones we are committed to leveraging the power of art to inspire activism. We believe that art is a powerful tool when used to effect social change and offers an immediate and visceral connection to difficult issues.
We are collecting 1,000,000 handcrafted bones for a three-day installation event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 8-10, 2013. The installation will exist as a collaborative site of conscience to honor victims and survivors, and will also serve as a visual petition against ongoing conflicts and a resounding call for much need and long overdue action.
Take a moment to watch these videos of the two 50,000 bones preview installations organized in both Albuquerque and New Orleans, as well as a talk by founder Naomi Natale at the 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum.
Oslo Freedom Forum-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbUJiKKWdsc
The National Mall installation will feature international speakers and performers, educational workshops, a candlelight vigil, and the opportunity to Act Against Atrocities during an advocacy day on Capitol Hill led by our partners at the Enough Project. For more detailed information and a full schedule, please visit our Plan Your Trip page!
Every bone created through the Students Rebuild challenege has generated a $1 donation, up to $500,000, to CARE for their work on the ground in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These funds are generously donated by the Bezos Family Foundation.
You may also have a biodegradable bone made in your name for a donation of $5. We will create the bone for you and place it on your behalf on the National Mall.
Over the last three years, the One Million Bones project has launched several major campaigns and organized two preview installations:
- Albuquerque 50,000 Bones Preview Installation on August 27, 2011
- New Orleans 50,000 Bones Preview Installation on April 7, 2012
We never cease to be amazed at how many people have only a vague notion of what genocide is, and how many more have no idea it’s happening today. While we must remember genocides throughout history and honor those lost to unimaginable horrors, the current crimes against humanity we focus on require immediate attention and action. We understand genocide to be defined as outlined in the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:
"Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."