In the first phase of the proposed project, to begin in the fall, six American specialists in architecture, urban studies, sociology and preservation will travel to China to visit Beijing and another city to hold meetings on urban planning and organization.
Following their visit, Chinese specialists will travel to New York and other cities in the Northeast to confer with American experts on these subjects.
The Center has also received new grants of $131,000 from the Ford Foundation for the Yunnan Nationalities Cultures Project, bringing the foundation's total funding for the program since it began in 1992 to more than $l million.
Two grants of $450,000 each from the foundation were earlier awarded for the project to collaborate with Yunnan Province on creating strategies to preserve and develop the indigenous arts and cultures of their minority nationalities.
The new grant will help fund a project review in Yunnan this May by 19 arts and culture specialists from the United States and Asia.
A grant of $10,000 from the Asian Cultural Council will support the participation of two dancer educators from Indonesia, and $2,000 from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia will fund the travel of a composer educator from the Philippines.