The arts are a powerful medium to build community and raise awareness of social issues. Studio 550 will be hosting monthly Craft & Social Consciousness Community Workshops to raise awareness (and do something) about social issues. The workshops will either be based around the Empty Bowls Event, or some other timely craft-related or public art event.
The May Craft and Social Consciousness Workshop will be focused on The One Million Bones Project. It is a national effort to raise awareness about Sudan, Burma, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo through the creation of one million handmade bones crafted by artists, activists and students to be laid on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 2013. Beyond raising global awareness, each handmade bone will generate a $1 donation through Students Rebuild for CARE’s humanitarian relief and rebuilding work in Central Africa – up to $500,000 – from the Bezos Family Foundation.
This workshop will be open to the public, drop-in only, from 3-6PM with a suggested sliding scale fee of $5-$15 to help cover the cost of materials and firings for the ceramic projects that will be made. No experience is necessary as all materials and instruction will be provided. Projects will be left here, fired, and sent to D.C. with the N.H. Million Bones representative.
“My parents survived a communist and auto-genocidal Cambodia in the 1980s,” said Studio 550 Programs Director, Monica Leap. “Genocide is a horrible thing. Even though a public art project may not end it worldwide, it brings people together to make a very powerful statement. Schools around the country have been building bones for this project, and by impacting young lives now, we are raising a generation of informed and socially empowered individuals.”
Read more about the One Million Bones Project at www.onemillionbones.org.
Suggested sliding scale fee of $5-$15
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