Please share your mission.
Silk Road Rising creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses.
Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission.
Our Mission: Silk Road Rising creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we advance a polycultural worldview. In today’s climate, characterized by divisiveness and distrust, our mission is more relevant than ever. American narratives are overrun with blame and otherizing, with ideologies swinging between alt-right and alt-left extremes. Silk Road Rising exists to extend bridges of empathy from community to community. If our mission is our guiding spirit, our programming is the means by which we bring that spirit to life in the world. While our communities number of 1.5 million in the Chicago metropolitan area alone, we remain woefully underrepresented in arts and culture. Silk Road Rising, since our founding, has remained the only Chicago theatre dedicated to telling Asian American and Middle Eastern American stories—on stage, online, and in communities. In the media, on a daily basis, we bear witness to representations of our communities that focus only on the crimes of a few. But where are the stories that don’t stoke fear, but instead reveal us in all of our humanity, for our contributions to society, and our struggles to do better? It is this narrative gap that Silk Road Rising bridges through our contributions of live stage work and digital storytelling.