Yo-Yo Ma, Lil Buck Team up for Arts Strike at Detroit Public School

April 14, 2014

2013 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Yo-Yo Ma and dancer and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel host an “Arts Strike” in Detroit, Michigan.

Recently, cellist and 2013 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Yo-Yo Ma and dancer and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel visited Detroit Public Schools’ Spain Elementary-Middle School to stage an Arts Strike, a dialogue between artists and communities first piloted in 2010 by Woetzel and Ma. The event engaged students in interactive dance, music, and poetry exercises in language arts and science classrooms.

Joined by 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence and choreographer Charles “Lil Buck” Rileyand Sphinx Organization founder, violinist, and writer Aaron Dworkin, Ma and Woetzel worked with students and led an all-school assembly for an audience that included Detroit Public Schools leadership, national arts and government officials, and members of the media.

The Arts Strike was presented in conjunction with the larger Aspen Arts Strategy Group, convened by the Aspen Institute Arts Program in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Strategy-based roundtables on arts education and creative place-making followed with the participation of close to 40 leaders in various sectors, including:

Prominent press coverage of the Arts Strike can be found below:

Erica Sheftman is projects manager of the Aspen Institute Arts Program.