What is the Cradle Project
While solemnly recognizing the tremendous loss of potential due to AIDS, the cradles powerfully reveal the strength and hope of children and communities all across sub-Saharan Africa. This installation inspires positive action.
How The Cradle Project is helping Firelight
The Cradle Project was conceived by Naomi Natale, an artist and activist in New Mexico. Over 500 artists stepped forward to create cradles for the original installation in 2008, which was viewed by over 1,000 people and raised over $70,000 for Firelight. We in turn gave 100% of these proceeds to African organizations directly serving children in need.
Most of the cradles are now in private collections, however, we sometimes partner with others to bring the exhibit to their communities. In 2012, we partnered with Aid for Africa and The Washington Studio School to bring 21 of the cradles to the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. Seven new cradles, produced by Washington, DC-based artists, were also created and on display. Read more about the exhibit in this Huffington Post feature.