Shared Humanity Through Art

Collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma

Liza Donnelly
4 min readMay 20, 2023

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Last Wednesday, I was given the privilege to be onstage and draw and improvise with master cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It was an incredible honor.

I drew, he played. I watched him, and the audience; he watched me and my drawing as it appeared onscreen. It was a multiple collaboration. I responded to what he was playing, he responded to what I was…

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Liza Donnelly

Visual journalist/writer for New Yorker, New York Times, WaPo. TED, SXSW speaker. Looking to change world w humor. newsletter:https://lizadonnelly.substack.com