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TJC participating in One Million Bones project

Published Wednesday, 3rd April 2013

TJC is participating in an art project to help raise awareness of atrocities in Somalia, Burma and Sudan.

One Million Bones is a social arts practice working to raise awareness about the atrocities occurring in Sudan, Burma, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the creation of one million handmade bones crafted by artists, activists and students nationwide.

The handmade bones are to be placed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on June 8.

In partnership with One Million Bones and Students Rebuild, the students and faculty of Tyler Junior College will participate in a bone-making event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, in Jenkins Hall Room 316, on the TJC main campus.

The public is invited to attend an open event from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“The outpouring of students has been incredible and TJC art professor Chris Stewart and his staff have allowed us to enter the classrooms and educate our students about human rights and extend their learning into a global perspective,” said Paige Parrish, special projects coordinator for the TJC School of Continuing Studies.

Parrish also serves as state social arts and justice coordinator for the Million Bones Project.

“We have created more than 500 bones to be donated for the June 8 installation at the National Mall,” she said. “We invited the public to join us Friday evening, to see a demonstration of the bone-making process and to learn more about this important cause.”

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.

For more information on One Million Bones, go to www.onemillionbones.org.

To learn more about the Students Rebuild challenge, go to www.studentsrebuild.org.

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