Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Project go to Harvard

Last week the Harvard Graduate School of Education presented a Silk Road Project residency with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble musicians. The series of workshops, panels and discussions culminated in a performance and the presentation of the inaugural Harvard Graduate School of Education Thelma E. Goldberg Arts in Education Award to Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, a nonprofit artistic, cultural and educational organization founded in 1998 by Mr. Ma to promote innovation and learning through the arts.

“I am honored that our work is being celebrated with this award, which recognizes the arts as essential to mainstream education,” commented Yo-Yo Ma, artistic director of the Silk Road Project. “One of our principal goals at the Project is to promote learning that is driven by passion as opposed to learning simply to meet requirements. Our colleagues at Harvard have been voices of inspiration and valued counsels for our educational work, and I am looking forward to engaging with them deeply this week about innovative ways to bring about and support this kind of integrated learning.”

The October 2009 residency is part of a multi-year affiliation initiated in 2005 between the Silk Road Project and Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Since then, annual residencies have resulted in intensive artistic and intellectual collaborations. Silk Road Ensemble members have performed, interacted with students, conducted workshops, shared works in progress and composed new works. The Silk Road Project has worked with Harvard faculty to facilitate multicultural engagement in the arts, literature, history and music of the Silk Road region, giving rise to cross-disciplinary undergraduate coursework.

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