Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
The Silk Road House presents: "Tales from the Steppes - An hour of stories from Central Asia for families" performed by storytellers Diana Shmiana and Dana Sherry.
Our guests will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the Central Asia of folk tales, where friendship can transform mere gold into a true treasure, rascally boys can trick their elders, and pumpkins can have extraordinary adventures.
Diana Shmiana grew up in a very funny family in Berkeley, California. From a young age she loved to sing, dance, dress up in costumes, and act very, very silly. Diana always dreamed of entertaining children, and in 1997 she finally made that dream a reality by becoming Diana Shmiana. Diana plays several musical instruments, & her dance background has run the gamut from Ballet to Jazz to Modern to Flamenco. She has studied Clowning and Theatre at Dell'Arte International, Clown School of San Francisco, the San Francisco Circus Center, & the Phil Bennett Theatre Lab. She has studied Storytelling at San Francisco State University and the Traveling Jewish Theatre, Improvisation with Bay Area TheatreSports, and Voice with several master teachers.
Dana Sherry was once simply a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at U.C. Davis, Stanford University, and St. Mary’s College. However, she has developed a second life as a storyteller, where she crafts adult stories that transform historical events into tales of wonder and horror. She also tells traditional and literary tales to young audiences. In her school-age programs, stories become a way for children to experience empathy, community, creativity, and joy.
October 12th Sunday, 1-3pm