CCS involved in One Million Bones project with HFA:SCS

On November 9, 10 and 11, students from CCS and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, CCS's charter school. participated in a grassroots effort designed to bring awareness of genocide and other atrocities against humanity through education. Approximately 50 CCS students worked with 9th, 10th and 11th grade students at HFA: SCS to gain a better understanding of what genocide means and how it impacts cultures around the world. For two weeks prior to the project, SCS students learned about atrocities of war from varying points of view including historical, social and scientific. They also learned that through art they could make a difference and their voices could be heard. Over the three days of the project, students heard from Naomi Natale, the founder of OMB; created 1,983 bones out of clay; wrote letters to their state and federal representatives; and participated in a very moving performance art installation in the gym. Students from CCS and HFA placed all 1,983 bones on a tarp. The bones will be added to other bones that are being made around the country and become part of an installation on The National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2013. SCS students made a total of 1,983 bones, translating into $1,983 raised for the cause. Through CCS Photography and Art Education student Mara Magyarosiâ??s leadership, the project has grown well beyond a one-time event. The bones produced by the HFA: SCS students will represent the state of Michigan in an installation in Lansing in April 2012. From there, the bones will be moved to Chicago to be included in a five-state installation on their way to the final One Million Bones installation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2013.