Thursday, August 20, 2009

Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project

Some of you may already be familiar with cellist Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project.

"Inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road, the Silk Road Project is a catalyst, promoting innovation and learning through the arts. Our vision is to connect the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe."

As one of its 10th anniversary programs, The Silk Road Project has created a New York City Education Program based around the many facets of indigo dye. Jenny Balfour-Paul is an advisor to the project and we were delighted to learn that one of the curriculum resources for the project is the Maiwa DVD "Indigo: A World of Blue". (We have since shipped a large order of Natural Indigo to New York City).

"Throughout the spring 2009 semester, educators trained at the workshop will be invited to teach the Along the Silk Road curriculum to their students. The interactive lessons draw from a variety of disciplines, offering students multiple paths to explore the many aspects of the historic Silk Road—its geography, culture, belief systems, arts, languages and commerce—and to make connections between their studies and modern cross-cultural influences in our globalized world."


Follow the links for more information about the Silk Road Project and press releases about the passion-driven education model for New York City.

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