This Giving Tuesday, support art that is changing the narrative about race, religion, and belonging.

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One question has dominated our national conversations in 2018.

Who qualifies as American?

If your family comes from the Middle East, Asia, or Latin America, you have probably heard the answer: Not You.

The United States has a long history of embracing people of different lands, different cultures, different religions. But, we have a darker history, that traces back just as far, of shutting people out because of the language they speak, their mode of worship, the color of their skin. As we near the end of 2018, the conflict between these two histories has never been louder or more hurtful. 

As a young artist of Korean and  European descent, playwright Preston Choi talks about the impact this has on artists like him. "We've seen so many white, Caucasian stories. . . I don’t see a lot of art trying to work through the mixed-race experience. This is a very real population . . . that want to be seen and not have to choose between being one race and another.”

“When I heard about Silk Road Rising . . . I got this calm. Everything is going to be fine. This place exists and I am in here and everything will be good.”

At Silk Road Rising, we help audiences see beyond these impossible choices and false divisions. 


You can support art that changes our national conversations on race, religion, and belonging with a contribution to Silk Road Rising this Giving Tuesday.

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$50 pays for a professional actor to read students’ original plays in our EPIC playwriting program for middle and high schools.

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$100 brings open dialogue to colleges, universities, churches, and neighborhood centers with our Creative Conversations program.

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$200 pays an actor’s salary for one week in a Silk Road Rising production, bringing diverse, inclusive, humanizing stories to the stage or screen.

Silk Road Rising is the business name of Gilloury Institute, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization. FEIN 01-0693025. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.