This holiday season, support art that changes the way we see race, religion, and belonging.


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So many people are afraid of those who look different, love different, or pray different. People fear what they don’t understand. And fear thrives in the absence of connection between peoples.

Stories connect us.

They build bridges that let us reach out to our neighbors. They open doors for us that let us see into the lives and hopes and fears of people who look so different but are, in fact, so much like us.

Now, more than ever, we need to hear each other’s stories.

You can help us tell stories that will tear down the walls of fear and hate that divide us.

In giving to Silk Road Rising, you help us tell the New American story.


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

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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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$250 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.