social change | November 11, 2012

Naomi Natale: Socially Crafted Art Can Change The World [VIDEO]

Naomi Natale is on a mission to bring awareness to the atrocities—genocide, war, poverty—occurring at this very moment all over the world. A photographer, installation artist and TED Senior Fellow, Natale wants to spark change, ignite the humanitarian spirit, and create “visible petitions” through her large-scale, socially crafted art. As a new Lavin exclusive speaker, she talks about the marriage of art and activism, and the importance of tangible experience for charitable causes: we want to see our donations of time, money and effort leave a real mark on society.

Enter Natale. With The Cradle Project, one thousand cradles and cribs made by artisans from around the world filled an abandoned warehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose of the empty cradles—all made entirely of scrap materials—was to raise funds and draw attention to the 48 million children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 550 cradles were created and donated by artists from around the world, who were inspired and moved by Natale's vision. As the founding artist behind the One Million Bones collaborative project, Natale encourages anyone to make bones, donate money and volunteer at mini-installations across the country, in recognition of the millions of people killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and crises in Burma, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. The 1,000,000 bones will be displayed in Washington, D.C in the spring of 2013 as a call for the American Government to take necessary and overdue action to help end human suffering.

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