The One Million Bones Project combines art and social activism. The organization creates large-scale installations in public places. The works are meant to bring attention to genocides and other crimes against humanity in countries like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and Burma.
The group explains: "At One Million Bones we are committed to leveraging the power of art to inspire activism. We believe that art is a powerful tool when used to effect social change and offers an immediate and visceral connection to difﬁcult issues."
The bones are made of plaster, paper, fabric, and even wood. Different chapters of the organization exist to bring awareness across the world. They partnered with Students Rebuild to raise $500,000 for CARE's relief work in Somalia and the Congo.
Very soon the organization will be unveiling what they hope will be their most impactful project yet. For the past three years the group has been organizing workshops meant to educate students about global conflicts. Following the talks, students make bones for the installation. With these bones, they will be holding a three-day 1,000,000 bone installation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 8-10 this year.
If you would like to participate in the action, you can donate to have a bone made in your name or you can volunteer to help out with the project in D.C. here. Below is a video that explains genocide occuring worldwide and the mission of the organization.