One Million Bones

Sadly, the Holocaust was not an isolated event.  Genocide and crimes against humanity continue to occur today. The international community is often uninterested in getting involved during these complex, violent outbreaks, and the public is often unaware of current atrocities as they seldom capture the media’s attention. 

bonesOver the coming year, the Virginia Holocaust Museum is partnering with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in support of the One Million Bones installation.  

The project’s artistic mission is to raise awareness about the humanitarian crises in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Burma in a simple, creative way:

We are collecting artwork bones for a collaborative installation of 1,000,000 bones on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2013. This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a visible petition to raise awareness of the issue and call upon our government to take much needed and long overdue action.

In the coming months, we will be holding workshops at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond to create bones for the final installation on the National Mall. Dates will be announced and workshops will be available for both children and adults. If you are interested in attending a workshop or organizing a bone-sculpting event contact Sally Kemp at the Visual Arts Center.    

Workshop Dates

Sunday, January 27 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 24 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 


As the bones are completed, they are being displayed on the second floor of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in what will become a permanent modern genocide gallery. This allows visitors to see the progression of the project and learn more about atrocities that are currently taking place.  Our goal is to create 2500 bones by April 2013.


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