Drawing on his training as a musician and what he has learned traveling the world for more than 30 years as a touring performer, Yo-Yo Ma discussed where in nature, society, and human interactions we can find the greatest creativity, and what we can all do to help students grow up to be contributing and committed citizens.
Joining Yo-Yo Ma for the performance portions of the lecture were: bagpiper and pianist Cristina Pato, jooker Lil’ Buck, MusiCorps wounded warriors: Specialist Nathan Kalwicki, Lance Corporal Josh Cawthorn, Sergeant Rex Tharp, Corporal Marcus Dandrea, Lance Corporal Tim Donley, teaching artist Greg Loman and founder Arthur Bloom.
In addition to remarks by Yo-Yo Ma, speakers also included Victoria Reggie Kennedy; Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts President; and Abel Lopez, Chair of the Board of Americans for the Arts and Associate Producing Director of GALA Hispanic Theater.
The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy is a leading national forum for arts policy intended to stimulate dialogue on policy and social issues affecting the arts. It is held each year on the evening before Arts Advocacy Day at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
The annual lecture is named for Nancy Hanks, former president of Americans for the Arts and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who devoted 15 years of her professional life to bringing the arts to prominent national consciousness.
Lately, at the end of a long day, I’ve been looking for something to uplift my spirits.
This video with its many unusual guest entertainers who live at the edge fills this bill in such a wonderful way! It demonstrates how exciting is our diversity!
Can you feel the energy from these people? Can you feel Yo-Yo’s excitement?
I know this energy exists all over America — and the planet, but it has been suppressed. Can you imagine what life will be like when it becomes really free — maybe, as we free ourselves from centuries of domination, for the first time?
Please fill your hearts and souls with the performances of these various guests and carry their energy with you.
The energy of Yo-Yo’s words makes me want to share:
Here are snapshots of three paintings I did just by putting some lines on a paper and ‘seeing’ what they said to me. I consider them to be ‘on the edge’.
Without my art and music, I don’t think I could survive the world right now. We need to understand how important our cultural expressions are and support them. They were such fun to do 🙂 I hope you will enjoy them!