Sima Cunningham speaks music to cross cultures and break barriers at TEDxYerevan 2012.
Sima Cunningham is a musician, activist, and cultural ambassador working to bridge political differences through the arts. She is now partnering with several international organizations to develop a music and arts festival in the Caucasus region. Cunningham has traveled to and performed in 19 countries on four continents.
Cunningham spent 12 years with the world-renowned Chicago Children’s Choir where she was exposed to music from all around the world, sang for international leaders such as the Dalai Lama, and toured to South Korea as part of the first civilian group to perform at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. She began composing and performing folk-rock music at the age of 15 and has recorded three albums of original content.
She was recently named an Artist Ambassador by the United Nations organization Arts for Peace and represented the organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Rio+20 Conference to help develop a global network of artists committed to social change and environmental protection.
Cunningham has recently graduated the New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Upon graduating from NYU, she received both the Léo Bronstein Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement in the Arts in recognition of her work on cultural diplomacy and the Dean’s Award for Graduating Seniors.