Central College News

Artist and activist to speak at Central convocation

November 8, 2013

Naomi Natale, prominent artist, activist and founder of “The Cradle Project,” will host a convocation at Central College on Nov. 14.


Natale is known for engaging other artists and individuals to help create large-scale pieces of art on behalf of social causes. She started “The Cradle Project” to raise awareness and funds for orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa. The project gathered 550 cradles created and donated by artists from all over the world.

Her most recent work, “One Million Bones,” was exhibited in June. As a part of the project, over one million handmade human bones contributed by artists from around the world were displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The exhibit was created to call attention to genocide in Sudan and Somalia.

Natale has received a TED Senior Fellowship, the Arts and Healing Network Award, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship and the Professional Achievement Award from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

While on campus, Natale will be involving Central students in a project to raise awareness for the education of women in Pakistan. Students from participating classes will submit pictures and complete the sentence: “With my education, I hope to___.” The project will be displayed during the convocation.

Natale will be speaking in Douwstra Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.