April 11, 2013: TED Fellow Naomi Natale presents 'The Intersection of Art and Activism'

by Michelle Saport  |   

Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Senior Fellow Naomi Natale will be on campus April 11 and 12. The keynote of her visit will be a free, public lecture titled "The Intersection of Art and Activism" on Thursday, April 11.

She will also meet with students in the Student Union Gallery in four sessions to make bones for her installation "One Million Bones," scheduled to debut on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this June.

The Student Activities Gallery Team is presenting both events.

About Naomi Natale: Installation artist and photographer Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind "One Million Bones," a large-scale social arts project that fuses education and hands-on artmaking to raise awareness of genocide occurring worldwide. A TED Senior Fellow, Natale speaks internationally on the topic of art and activism, and what one can do for the other. She 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 to and raised funds for the 48 million children orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa. More than 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 will collect one million handmade bones created by individuals all over the world. In 2013, they'll install them on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the victims of genocide.

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 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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