Saturday, June 8, 2013

One Million Bones

Today, volunteers from all around the world are working to set up One Million Bones on the National Mall in Washington, DC. I have been following the hashtags all weekend. I am so glad that I found out about this project and was able to get my students involved. 

Fifth grade completed a unit on One Million Bones. They learned about social conflict in countries around the world. They watched video's about artist, Naomi Natale, and her installation project, One Million Bones. The idea is to have students and artists from all over the word make a bone to be used in a "mass grave" installation to create awareness of genocide and give a voice to the voiceless. 

Watch this video to learn more.

Each 5th grader made bones from clay to be used in installation. They put one word on their bone that expressed what their bone represented.

Only a few weeks after we completed this art lesson, I recieved an email from Students Rebuild. They asked if they could visit our school for a presentation and bone making activity. I was really excited to expand until this lesson and it provided an opportunity to involve 3rd and 4th graders.

On May 10th, we welcomed Stephanie and Eric from Students Rebuild to our Campus.

Together we made around 1,000 bones that we mailed to Washington DC to be part of the installation on the National Mall. This time we used newspaper and masking tape to sculpt the bones. We took over the gym for nearly 2 hours.
The Anniston Star and Daily Home covered the story. 

I wish I was in DC right now to help. I've gotten really attached to this project. Students Rebuild just emailed me a picture from the site. They have up packed one of our boxes.

You can watch the live feed today.
Click here to see ONE MILLION BONES.

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