Family Sunday event at the Museum of Tolerance features hands-on art project, photography exhibit, celebrity guest and more
ATLANTA (October 8, 2012) – Around the world, students and others are joining Students Rebuild and the One Million Bones Project to create 1,000,000 handmade bones to raise awareness of the humanitarian crises affecting people in places, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. The bones, a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors in these ongoing conflict-prone regions, will be displayed in a massive art installation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in June 2013.
To generate more bones and engagement in the Student Rebuild One Million Bones challenge, the Museum of Tolerance will host a “Family Sunday” event that will offer hands-on bone-making workshops, a tour of the new photo exhibition One Person Crying: Women and War by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth, as well as actress and Students Rebuild Ambassador Annabeth Gish and other special guests discussing the challenges and opportunities for young people in conflict-affected areas. Additional activities include remarks from Holocaust survivors, a human rights treasure hunt and more.
WHERE: Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (directions)
WHEN: October 14, 2012; 1:00-4:00 p.m.
WHY: The bones will cover the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as part of a global memorial to the millions of victims of mass atrocities worldwide. Through the Student Rebuild One Million Bones challenge, each bone generates $1 to support CARE’s humanitarian relief and rebuilding work in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – up to $500,000 – donated by the Bezos Family Foundation.
About the Partners:
Students Rebuild: Students Rebuild is an initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people to connect, learn and take action on critical global issues. Learn more about Students Rebuild and the One Million Bones challenge.
Museum of Tolerance: Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.
CARE: Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 84 countries and reached 122 million people around the world.
Global Nomads Group (GNG): GNG is an international NGO whose mission is to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth. GNG engages and empowers young people worldwide using media, including: live-interactive videoconferencing, webcasts, social networking, gaming, and participatory filmmaking. Founded in 1998, the organization has conducted virtual exchange programs in more than 50 countries on all seven continents, reaching more than one million young people.
One Million Bones: One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice using education and hands-on art making to raise awareness of genocides and atrocities going on around the world, this very day. The one million bones collected from across the country and installed on the National Mall offer a visible petition, to remember victims and survivors, to bring awareness to the issue and to call upon our government to take much needed and long overdue action.
Think Peace Workshop: The ThinkPeace Workshop for Girls teaches global awareness and sensitivity to girls, 6th – 12th grade, who want to make a difference in their lives, their communities and the world. ThinkPeace believes that in order for a girl to make sense of her world, she must know herself. Through interactive conversation, self-esteem building exercises, art and storytelling, they foster a safe place for self exploration.
Welling Savo Justin, Students Rebuild and Bezos Family Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-275-2048 x113
Sarah Moser, CARE, email@example.com, 415-874-4530