TED Senior Fellow and Artistic Director of The Art of Revolution
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. Now the Artistic Director of The Art of Revolution, Natale is working to engage and educate the public, nurture artists and activists, and strengthen social justice movements through art.
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.
The Art of Revolution
Naomi Natale is a social activist who uses art to bring about and inspire social change. She accomplishes this by creating art that engages hundreds and thousands of artists, activists, and children to act on behalf of a social cause. 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. She 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.
I just wanted to write to say thank you for bringing Naomi Natale here for your daVinci Lecture program. Everyone who had the pleasure of attending her Birke talk or VAC presentation is still talking about their experiences. I believe we will start to see the effects of this exposure to social practice trickle down into our students’ artworks and, hopefully, inspire them to be more conscientious world citizens. I spoke with Don Van Horn, our Dean of the College of Art and Media, and we both felt like we had not seen students this engaged in a long time. I am so pleased that our galleries could be the venue for both of these events.
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