On this International Museum Day 2020 celebrating “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion,” we introduced a year-long transmedia program of interviews rooted in the spirit of one of the earliest global networks that embodied diversity and inclusion for five millennia: the Old Silk Roads.
The Silk Road (or Silk Routes) connected millions of people across tens of thousands of miles speaking dozens of languages. It included a vastly diverse range of races and religions hailing from China and Japan to Constantinople and Egypt, terminating in the Iberian Peninsula.
We are also looking forward to participate in the first international Silk Road Week, June 19 to June 24, 2020. The annual event was in Hangzhou, on the theme of “The Silk Roads: Mutual Learning for Future Collaboration.” The event was conceived in 2019 during a meeting of International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT), Chinese Museums Association’s Committee of Museums, and China National Silk Museum, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. We thank IN ZHEJIANG, our media partner in China (on Facebook).
Inspired by Silk Road Week, SILK ROAD Conversations are a part of our new initiative which is based on a long history of “Conversations with …” artists, curators, collectors, dealers and filmmakers we have undertaken since 2010.
Poster by New York-based Chinese artist Vikki Zhang.