Our mission is to celebrate diversity and multi-cultural appreciation of the Asian and Asian American experience through cultural events.
Silk Screen was created in June 2005 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit media arts organization. Silk Screen’s goals include educating communities about Asian and Asian American history, culture, experiences and issues, fostering understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region, and sustaining growth and encouraging excellence in Asian American culture.
In May 2006, Silk Screen held its first annual Asian-American Film Festival. This was the first event of its kind in the Pittsburgh region. The Festival begins with an Opening Night Gala, where over 350 guests enjoyed performances and food from across Asia. The eight-day Festival showcased 22 films, drawing an audience of over 2,000 people. Ten actors and directors came to Pittsburgh to present their films and engaged with the public in various events during the Festival. National press coverage was achieved. The Wall Street Journal mentioned the efforts of Silk Screen in a complimentary way.