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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ABQ Artist and Founder of 'One Million Bones' Selected as Prestigious TEDGlobal Fellow

NaomiNataleCRBravo, well done, how exciting and what an honor for the woman behind some incredibly meaningful and moving art projects. Last week, organizers of the TED Conference introduced the first group of TED Fellows to participate in its new international conference, TEDGlobal. One Million Bones is proud to announce that its founder and director, local Albuquerque artist Naomi Natale (above), is among those honored, according to a statement released today. Natale is one of only twenty-five individuals from around the world who have been selected to participate in the TED community this year by attending TEDGlobal 2009, which will be held in Oxford, UK, on July 21-24.

In addition to participating as full members of the TEDGlobal Conference audience, each TED Fellow will participate in a two-day pre-conference where they will receive world-class communication training, deliver a short TEDTalk, and collaborate with their peers, among other benefits. Their TEDTalk may be selected for posting on TED.com, where it has the potential to be viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

“I am honored to be selected as a TEDGlobal Fellow and look forward to sharing my new project, One Million Bones, with the TED community,” said the 27 year old Natale. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with some of the most innovative and forward thinking people from around the globe.”

CradleProjectNatale was selected for her innovative work in socially focused large-scale art installations, having founded and directed The Cradle Project, which opened to rave reviews and large crowds in downtown Albuquerque last June (see my post). Designed to promote awareness of the estimated 48 million children who have been orphaned by disease and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, this fundraising art installation also raised over $100,000 to help feed, shelter, and educate these orphans.


Natale’s newest and most ambitious project, One Million Bones, is a fundraising art installation designed to represent victims of present genocides and create a visual demand for solutions to this issue. Our mission is to increase global awareness of these atrocities while raising the critical funds needed to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced and marginalized victims. One million people will each create one bone to represent one victim. Installed together, these one million bones will flood the National Mall in Washington D.C., unearthing the memory of these victims, while calling citizens to action.

“By inspiring action through art, you can change the world one person at a time,” said Natale.

You can follow Naomi Natale on FaceBook and MySpace.

About TED:
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then, its scope has broadened to include science, business, the arts, and the global issues facing our world. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives — in 18 minutes. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives and philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Isabel Allende and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TEDTalks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. TEDGlobal 2009, “The Substance of Things Not Seen,” will be held July 21-24, 2009, in Oxford, UK. TEDIndia will be held in Mysore, India, Nov. 1-4, 2009. TED2010, “What the World Needs Now,” will be held Feb. 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California. For details on all upcoming conferences and events, visit www.TED.com.

June 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM in Arts, Children and Families, Events, Genocide, International Relations, Poverty, Visuals | Permalink


This is so cool! Congratulations to the artist!

Posted by: JJ | Jun 2, 2009 2:53:52 PM

Awesome Naomi!! You are the best!!

Posted by: bg | Jun 2, 2009 5:03:40 PM

The cause is worthy but the art?
First thing I wondered was if it was anatomically correct. Did people just make their favorite bone and throw it on the pile?
It seems so sterile and clean as opposed to the reality it claims to represent. In this age of graphics, It needs to be more graphic to depict the reality of genocide. Where is the statement of what is happening to women? I am not moved by the piece at all.
It is a cute little idea I guess.

Posted by: qofdisks | Jun 3, 2009 7:59:58 AM

I think it will be a powerful fundraising and awareness raising tool when it's installed on the National Mall. gofdisks you need to go to the website to read the statement you ask about:


The bones have not even been made yet. The goal is to have 1 million people make them, from all walks of life, according to instructions. If you look further on the site you'll see that teachers and many others will be involved.

I think it's asking a bit much for graphic bloody objects to be included.

Posted by: Jamey | Jun 3, 2009 8:35:48 AM

A million bones is a HUGE pile, piles and piles, railroad cars full, or more.

It is just one idea to try to help people get a concrete idea of the enormity of the horror, gofdisks.

Have you got something better?

Posted by: bg | Jun 3, 2009 2:55:43 PM

What an ambitious project! while some may find it very easy to criticize,others will look at its scope and appreciate the thought and heart that goes into its creation.

Additionally , criticism that is legitimate can be beneficial , while criticism that is not well thought out is beyond useless. Get it golfdik ?

Posted by: Neil | Jun 10, 2009 1:24:49 PM