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Naomi Natale

TED Senior Fellow and Founding Artist of One Million Bones

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An installation artist and photographer, Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones—a large-scale social arts practice that fuses education and hands-on artmaking to raise awareness of genocide occurring worldwide, at this very moment. A TED Senior Fellow, Natale speaks internationally on the topic of art and activism, and what one can do for the other.
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Naomi Natale wants to bring people closer to the atrocities occurring near and far. As the founder and
director of The Cradle Project, her first large scale installation, Natale called attention and raised funds for the 48 million children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 550 cradles were created and donated by artists from around the world who were drawn to Natale’s vision. With One Million Bones, Natale and her team collected 1,000,000 handmade bones created by individuals all over the world. In 2013 they installed them on the National Mall in Washington, D.C to bring attention to the victims of genocide. The short film about the project, also titled One Million Bones, can be found online.

Natale has received numerous awards, including the prestigious TED Global Fellowship (2009), and the Professional Achievement Award from the School of Arts and Humanities at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (2009). Naomi has served as an artist-in-residence at Columbia College of Chicago in 2008, 2010, and 2011. She is currently a TED Senior Fellow and was a 2010 Carl Wilkens Fellow.

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  • One Million Bones: Tangible Social Activism

    Naomi Natale is a social activist who uses art to bring about and inspire social change. She accomplishes this by creating large-scale art installations that engage hundreds and thousands of artists, activists and children to act on behalf of a social cause. Through her experiences, Natale has come to realize that the tangible—giving people something they can physicially do, or create, to help raise awareness—is crucial.

    In this engaging, visually stunning and emotionally moving talk, Natale shares her story: she talks about what brought her to humanitarian through work, what she wants to achieve through her art, and urges her audience to find their own artistic way to participate in social justice. Natale discusses her work with One Million Bones, and how the experience of making a bone connects people in a very real, personal way to the difficult and complex issue of genocide. The action of creating a bone is the first step that brings a new activist to the cause and inspires hope. Natale believes that by inspiring action through art, you can change the world one person at a time. She leaves her audiences with the tools, the ideas, and plenty of the motivation to do just that.

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