Arts of Tolerance is committed to promoting and educating on tolerance through the arts and other disciplines.

About Us

Arts of Tolerance

A dynamic year-round educational and outreach program that uses high quality artistic creations to bring people of different beliefs together, the program was created as a direct response to the current wave of intolerance sweeping the country and many other parts of the world.  Operating under the umbrella of the Boniuk Institute, directed by Dr. Paula Sanders, Arts of Tolerance first season was launched in 2018.

Boniuk Institute

Established in 2004 at Rice University with a generous gift from Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk, the Boniuk Center was dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faiths, especially youth, and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. In 2013, once again with support from the Boniuks, the center established the Boniuk Institute as a vehicle to focus on areas the center does not address: research, education, community engagement and now, the arts.   


Dr. Paula Sanders


Director, Boniuk Institute

Paula Sanders is a Professor of History. A historian of the medieval Islamic world, she focuses in particular on the history of the Fatimid dynasty and its legacy, the history of Jewish communities in the lands of Islam in the middle ages, and the history of Cairo. She has previously served as director of Rice's Program for the Study of Women and Gender; as interim director of the Program in Jewish Studies, as Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She joined the Institute in July 2015.  

Raul Orlando Edwards


Executive Director, Arts of Tolerance

As the recipient of a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, a Jefferson Award, and official recognition from four consecutive City of Houston’s Mayors, Raúl continues to use the arts to positively impact communities. His 20+ years of artistic work have been featured in more than 25 newspaper articles and over 35 appearances on TV and radio. Artistic professional and teaching engagements include VH-1's movie The Way She Moves, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Society for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Theater, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and others. He has been part of over 30 civic and cultural collaborations with the City of Houston, American Heart Association, Institute of Hispanic Culture, and several more. He has served as a panelist for the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Houston Arts Alliance.