25th ANNIVERSARY SEASON – Bridging Legacy with a New Era: Golden Thread celebrates the lasting impact of 25 Years of Art, Activism, and Family while continuing to innovate and evolve with new digital programming!
February 20, 2021
These curated digital discussions invite artists of Middle Eastern and North African heritage to discuss the many layers of their identity and how it impacts their work and artistic choices.
March 8, 2021
The first event in our 25th Anniversary Season is our first digital rendition of What Do the Women Say? Celebrating 25 Years of Centering Women Artists! Golden Thread began producing a Women’s Day event in 1999 titled, From the Inside. The event was a multi-media performance involving eight women artists including performers and visual artists.
This year, we are speaking about Golden Thread’s legacy and impact with artists whose experience with Golden Thread ranges from one year to more than twenty years. What has Golden Thread’s impact been on these artists’ career? What is their hope for Golden Thread’s next 25 years?
When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal. Drawn from beloved Palestinian folktales, Leila’s Quest for Flight incorporates music, dance, and physical comedy. These dynamic shows are entertaining for all ages, connecting diverse cultural traditions to contemporary themes.
In response to the success of our in person tour and demand for digital programs during the pandemic, Leila’s Quest for Flight has been adapted to a radio play. Bring this inspirational story home to share with loved ones in a new imaginative format just in time for the holidays. Our digital content is free to access and to share with friends, family, and community.
August 2, 2021 - August 24, 2021
Golden Thread’s annual staged reading series engages its audience in the process of playmaking and allows writers of Middle Eastern and non-Middle Eastern descent an authentic and supportive space to develop work about the Middle East.