Art Meets Activism: Naomi Natale Brings One Million Bones To Washington
As Natale explains, the project lies at the intersection of art and activism. The TED Fellow believes that art can act as a powerful tool to emotionally connect people to issues happening thousands of miles away. Why did she choose bones as her medium? "The bone was chosen as a symbol to attest to the gravity of these issues," Natale says. "But more significantly, it was chosen as a symbol and as a reminder that we belong to each other and that we’re responsible to one another." Her project both draws attention to these incidents of intense violence, and connects participants to the conflict. And, perhaps just as importantly, connects them to each other.
In her moving keynotes, Natale explains creating something tangible is a vital component to inspiring social change. She provides audiences with both the tools and the inspiration to participate in social justice. Even after the Washington event concludes, Natale says she plans to continue to complete similar projects (she co-founded the Art of Revolution organization to do just that). While these intense topics can be difficult to discuss—and seem even more difficult to change—Natale's talks provide us with the hope that changing a little bit at a time is the key to one day changing the world.