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FIRST PITCH: THE US MANIPUR BASEBALL PROJECT, founded in January 2005, supports baseball in Manipur, an Eastern Himalayan state in India bordering on Myanmar. Equipment support is provided by Spalding Company in the US. "First Pitch" plans to build a center of baseball for South and Southeast Asia in Imphal. A documentary on the project is being made by New York filmmaker Mirra Bank.

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THE MAHATMA AND KING is a 5-day film exhibition on the life, philosophy and connections between Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Co-curated for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, in January 2007. More info to come.

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APPALSHOP IN CHINA, the exchange of media artists from Appalachia and Southwest China, completed its third phase in December 2005. Two Chinese filmmakers worked in Eastern Kentucky for a month on shared environmental, preservation and representation issues of regional cultures. A fourth exchange is in the planning stages.

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KHADISHOP is an arts-and-commerce collaboration between Somi and fashion designer Lata Karna. It repurposes Khadi, the all-natural, organic, homespun from India. KhadiShop was launched in May 2005 and its summerwear is available on the web and through arts outlets and artists' homes.

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digitizeMANIPUR! is a multi-media project to digitize and preserve the medieval Manipuri manuscripts in the archive of Oja N. Khelchandra.

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A PAGE OUT OF ORDER is a performance and media installation work on Macedonia and Manipur by New York choreographer Yoshiko Chuma. We took a preliminary trip to Skopje, Macedonia in October 2005 with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York. The first workshop is slated for the Skopje Summer Festival in 2006.

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