For the second year, The University of Toledo will participate in the One Million Bones Project, which is designed to bring awareness to genocides that occur worldwide.Through this movement, bones are created from clay to represent the thousands of lives lost each year to genocides all over the world. There are two events this year where UT students and members of the community will be invited to help create bones. The bones are a visual tool to help present the tragedies in a more easily understood way.
Last year, UT students in the Arts Living and Learning Community participated in the project, creating approximately 2,600 bones. Led by Jeanne Kusina, UT coordinator of participatory learning and research, the UT Chapter of One Million Bones will be encouraging other students as well as the community to participate this year.
Karen Roderick-Lingeman, UT senior lecturer in art, will involve her students with the project throughout the year. She will tally her students’ handmade bones and register them on the One Million Bones website.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UT students are encouraged to make bones outside of the Student Union by the fountain. All materials will be supplied, and artistic abilities are unnecessary.
There also will be a community bone-making event Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Toledo Arts Commission Holiday Gallery Hop at the Center for the Visual Arts. UT students are welcome to join the community in this event.
For every student-made bone nationwide, the Students Rebuild organization has pledged to donate $1 to the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) up to $500,000. CARE is an organization that focuses on assisting women in poverty in order to end global impoverishment.
In June 2013, there will be an installation in Washington, D.C., of bones made nationwide. Roderick-Lingeman said she hopes some of the students who participate in the bone-making can attend the delivery and installation of them.
For more information, visit onemillionbones.org or contact Jeanne Kusina at firstname.lastname@example.org.