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Genocide awareness project to be on display April 24-29

April 23, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host an exhibit by the One Million Bones Eau Claire organization on the third floor corridor of Davies Center from April 24-29.

The installation of the exhibit, which will include clay bones created by UW-Eau Claire students, will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. April 24. The exhibit will be located opposite the "A Peace of My Mind" exhibit by UW-Eau Claire alumnus John Noltner.

"One Million Bones" is a national art and action project devoted to creating awareness of the ongoing existence of mass violence, human rights violations and genocide in our world. Through a partnership with Students Rebuild, every bone made will earn $1 for CARE International and its work with survivors.

Several social work majors, under the direction of Dr. Don Mowry, professor and chair of the social work department, participated in the project. For more information, read a news release about the project.

The bones created at UW-Eau Claire will be part of a national installation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from June 8-10. It is the hope of the organization that the dramatic visual of thousands, or even a million, bones will call national and international attention to the issue of mass violence.

"I'm not sure if the overall effort will achieve the 1 million bones goal, but the effort is well past the halfway point and growing," Mowry said. "This will be a very impressive and emotionally powerful sight to behold."

Mowry said he and two or three of the students are hoping to finance a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the national installation this summer.

For more information about the project, contact Dr. Don Mowry at 715-836-4435 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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