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Chicago schoolchildren playing drums at Millennium Park

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Passion-Driven Learning
Chicago schoolchildren participated in The Stone Horse: A Silk Road Journey, a story-concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble. Students had a hands-on learning experience with different percussion instruments before having a chance to take the stage with professional musicians before an audience of more than 10,000.


Yo-Yo Ma speaks to students at Detroit’s Arab American Museum.

Yo-Yo Ma speaks to students at Detroit’s Arab American Museum

© JOE CRACHIOLA

Educational Resources

The Silk Road Project has partnered with leading organizations to produce educational materials relating to the Silk Road, music and the arts.

Silk Road Connect is our flagship arts integration program. We have offered weekend institutes in 2012 and 2013, open to all educators and teaching artists, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and plans are in the early stages for 2014. Learn more about "The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning."

Materials for Teachers

The Silk Road Project has helped produced the following curricula and lesson plans:

Calliope Magazine for Students

Calliope, a world history magazine for ages 9-14, has worked with the Silk Road Project to produce three special issues that help students connect the world with their classrooms:

"Music Travels the Silk Road" focuses on musical migrations along the historic Silk Road, featuring musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble.

"Music Travels the Silk Road" teacher's guide
For teachers using the "Music Travels the Silk Road" issue of CALLIOPE in the classroom, a free teacher's guide is available, created by The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) in collaboration with the Silk Road Project.

"Indigo: A Color That Links the World" reveals a world of connections through the history and uses of a remarkable dye, indigo. This issue was developed in part based on dyeing activities with indigo in our arts education approach Silk Road Connect.

"Rivers: The Key to Life" connects music and rivers and examines the influences of the world's waterways on cultures around the globe.

Reading Lists

The Silk Road Project is pleased to recommend books about the Silk Road, music and intercultural exchange.


“The Silk Road Project was founded to encourage deeper understanding and appreciation of other cultures and beliefs, with the hope that we may better address our differences if we appreciate our commonalities.”
- LAURA FREID