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April 30, 2013 > Girl Scout activism through art

Girl Scout activism through art

Submitted By Steffi Kwok
Photos By May Chen

On April 21, as part of earning their Collage Artist badge, Girl Scout Senior Troop 31509 joined the One Million Bones project, which takes a stand against genocide and mass atrocities in the world today. While working on the badge, the girls learned about the history of collage, composition, color, usage of various kinds of objects, and how to share a message through art. After learning the basics, they each made a bone with newspaper, tape, wire, and paint, and wrote a personal message against violence on the bones.

These bones will be on display along with others sent in from around the world, one million in total, in the National Mall in Washington DC, June 8-10, 2013. This collage of handmade bones will become a visible petition against humanitarian crises around the world, symbolizing a mass grave of the millions killed in countries like Syria, Sudan, and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

For every bone sent in to One Million Bones, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1 to CARE, which works on the ground in war-torn countries. CARE, an international humanitarian organization, helps women and children eliminate poverty through food aid, education, and medical care. The girls hope the bones they and others around the world have made will inspire activism through art.

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