January 22, 2013
Yo Yo Ma recently joined pianist Cristina Pato and former NYC ballet dancer Damian Woetzel for a visit to Waterside Studio School in Queens as part of Ma’s Arts Strike initiative. Launched in 2010 by Ma and Woetzel,Arts Strike was designed to have celebrity artists engage with students, educators and communities to promote learning through the arts. Still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the school welcomed the opportunity to create new music and dance with the artists and to show off instruments they made with debri from the hurricane. For Ma it was a chance to give back to a community devasted by Hurricane Sandy and to continue advocating the importance of music in education.