Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

One Million Bones

One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice, which means we combine education, hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma.

Local Gateway Arts District organizations, Red Dirt Studio and Art Works Studio School  have been contributing to the One Million Bones project with their own bone-making events. Art Works has created the bones, and Red Dirt fired all the bones at no cost. Abigail Lafertte of Thomas Stone Elementary gathered the community’s children up for each event and brought them to the events herself. 

Last night a couple representatives from Art Lives Here had the privilege of attending Art Works Studio School’s 10,000 Bones Ceremony. This intimate celebration was a precursor to the June 8-10 installation of bones on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

We were joined by One Million Bones founder Naomi Natale. Listen to her 2010 TED talk here.

Please take a moment to sign up to volunteer to be a part of the installation team by clicking here.

Check out Art Lives Here’s photos and video of last night’s event. Thank you Art Works for inviting us:



About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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