Despite the economic downturn of early 2009 Silk Screen maintained the momentum. As recommended by foundations and other sponsors the 2009 programming roster was reduced to fit within the means available. The film festival showed only 40 screenings and invited only 8 filmmakers for the festival. Due to the quality of films presented the average attendance per screening increased.
Silk Screen continued to provide year round Asian arts & cultural programming. Events were often presented in collaboration with other Pittsburgh arts organizations such as: Childrenís Museum, Toonseum, Confuscius Institute, Winchester Thurston School, Asian Studies Center- University of Pittsburgh, Net-IP, Confucious Institute, Indian Nationality Room and others.