A new way of thinking is possible, a new consciousness — perhaps a new enlightenment — that brings the arts and science back together.
Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding.
Silkroad works to connect the world through the arts, presenting musical performances and learning programs, and fostering radical cultural collaboration around the world.
Since 2000, the musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble have been central to Silkroad’s mission. Under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma and representing a global array of cultures, the Ensemble models new forms of cultural exchange through performances, workshops, and residencies. The artists of the Ensemble draw on the rich tapestry of traditions from around the world that make up our many-layered contemporary identities, weaving together the foreign and familiar to create a new musical language.
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Vision and Mission
SILKROAD IS THE WORLD WHERE EXPLORING OUR DIFFERENCES ENRICHES OUR HUMANITY
SILKROAD IS THE EDGE WHERE LEARNING, CITIZENSHIP, AND THE ARTS COME TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD
SILKROAD IS THE MOVEMENT TO CREATE UNEXPECTED CONNECTIONS, COLLABORATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES IN PURSUIT OF MEANINGFUL CHANGE
Silkroad at Harvard
Silkroad has been affiliated with Harvard University since 2005, with offices on Harvard’s Allston campus since 2010. At the University, Silkroad encourages dialogue among artists and musicians, educators and entrepreneurs. Through mentorships and workshops, Silkroad acts as a working laboratory at the intersection of the arts and academics, collaborating across disciplines with Harvard faculty and students.
Partnerships are ongoing with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Office for the Arts, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, the Harvard Innovation Lab, among others. Each summer, Silkroad and Harvard Graduate School of Education co-present an institute for artists and educators from around the world on The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning.
Board of Directors
Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis
Vice Chair for Programs
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Eduardo A. Braniff
Staff & Artistic Leadership
Artistic Director and Founder
Director of Artistic and Learning Programs
Concert Programming Chair
Associate Artistic Director
Director of Communications
Digital Content Manager
We are pleased to share our annual reports — reviews of the most recent fiscal year in stories, pictures, and videos.
FY16 Annual Report: 2015 - 2016
FY15 Annual Report: 2014 – 2015
FY14 Annual Report: 2013 – 2014
FY13 Annual Report: 2012 – 2013
FY12 Annual Report: 2011 – 2012
FY11 Annual Report: 2010 – 2011
Silkroad (The Silk Road Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations. We are deeply grateful to the institutional partners whose generous support enables us to promote innovation, learning, and cross-cultural understanding around the world.