This June, “one million bones” which have been crafted out of clay at workshops by tens of thousands of children and young adults, will be installed all across the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to the human costs of genocide and ongoing conflicts around the globe.
On May 20, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts will host a similar installation of bones that have been made in Kentucky before they are transported to the national exhibition in Washington.
Local community members, school children and participants in The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach program worked with artist in residence Aletia Robey to create bones which will be temporarily installed at the Center. The installation will be open to the public for viewing during regular Kentucky Center hours.
The installation is timed to coincide with the Dalai Lama’s visit to Louisville, in an effort to reinforce his message of, and our community’s commitment to, compassionate engagement.
The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach program regularly collaborates with community centers throughout Metro Louisville to provide quality, hands-on arts experiences and professional development to engage and educate in new and eye-opening ways.
The national One Million Bones initiative, conceived as a visible petition against genocide and conflict-related crises, is designed to raise awareness of the suffering and struggle of people in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma and Somalia.
More powerful than a signature, these bones become tangible ways for ArtsReach students to engage in art, culture, and global issues.