The fundraiser for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's children's arts and music education programs.
Below is the item description texts appeared on the online auction site for the Beastie Beast 2004.
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road
Just completed, this stunning Beastie is a valuable treasure.
It bears the autograph of world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who signed it when he played with the MSO last season.
The charming and generous Harvard graduate performs all over the world and is the recipient of many awards. He is also the creator of The Silk Road Project, a program of concerts, festivals and educational outreach activities, which feature the cross-cultural influences between the legendary Silk Road and the West.
The artistry on the Beastie is the work of San Diego-based Fujiko Isomura. In 1992, Fujiko left Tokyo to attend Coe College and then received her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is recognized nationally for her unique and imaginative pop art, which blends American and Japanese images.
After intense research, Fujiko came up with a work of art that truly reflects The Silk Road Project. It includes beautiful painting and gold leafing, a process that dates back to the 16th century in Japan.
Yo Yo Ma and Fujiko Isomura share many traitsgood hearts, a passion for their art, and a devotion to education - the focus of the Beastie Beat project.
Related article used to be on the BeastieBeat.org:
PUBLIC ART EXHIBIT AUCTION FEATURES LANDMARK ARTISTS, CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHS
Yo-Yo Ma's "The Silk Road Project" (SilkRoadProject.org)
SonyClassical.com -yo-yo ma & the silk road ensemble
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