The Seven Billionth Person Project

September 23, 2010 to January 31, 2011

In the next 1,000 days, the seven billionth person will be born … What would you tell him or her about the world we live in?

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, in partnership with The Parachute Factory, Proof: Media for Social Justice, and the Yale World Fellows Program, presents The Seven Billionth Person Project. It has been estimated that the seven billionth person will be born somewhere in the world in October 2012. The Seven Billionth Person Project, a participatory exhibition curated by Valerie Belanger and Leora Kahn, asks: What would you tell him or her about the world we live in?

The exhibition will be on display at The Parachute Factory, Erector Square, 319 Peck St., Bldg. 1, New Haven, from September 23, 2010 through January 31, 2011, with special City-Wide Open Studios hours on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and September 26, from 1-5pm. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, from 5-7pm. The public is invited to attend.

The genesis of The Seven Billionth Person Project was Ali Hakan Altinay’s essay 1000 days to the 7th Billion Human: What Do We Tell Her? which was published by The Huffington Post in October 2009. Altinay was the 2009 Duncan Greenberg World Fellow at the Yale World Fellows Program and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Belanger, director of programs and admissions at the Yale World Fellows Program, said her long-term goal in putting together The Seven Billionth Person Project is to build interest in the question: What would you tell him or her about the world we live in? and to collect submissions — answers — from around the world to “share” with the latest human arrival.

The Seven Billionth Person Project is presented by The Parachute Factory (a collaboration of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and Community Services Network of Greater New Haven), Proof: Media for Social Justice, and Yale World Fellows Program.

For more information about The Seven Billionth Person Project contact Debbie Hesse at 203-772-2788.

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