The Bali Art Project The Bali Art Project was created in 2000 to permit young Americans, with limited financial means, to learn about the world outside the boundaries of their own country. Zenia Victor and Gaylon Duke, of Santa Fe, New Mexico take 8 high shool juniors, 4 girls and 4 boys, to Ubud, Bali for 4 weeks to study local art forms with master Balinese teachers: painting, dance, gamelong, puppet-making, and how these arts relate to Balinese cultural and spiritual life. They also study language, religion, history, social etiquette, attend temple ceremonies, performances, and take day trips to other areas of the island. I met Gaylon and Zenia on assignment for Santa Fe Living Treasures in the Fall of 2009. The couple was honored as Living Treasures for their work with young people and the Bali Art Project. After hearing the kids life-changing testimonials at the Living Treasures event, I was inspired to join Gaylon and Zenia and produce a short documentary film about the initiative, in hopes of using it as a teaching tool and model for other communities, as well as ensure continual support and understanding of the program in Santa Fe. The project is a "personal project" as they say. Self-funded, with help from my community, and driven by a shared set of values and belief in: education, cross-cultural learning, and the arts. The full length film is still in post-production. To learn more about the Bali Art Project, visit their website.