Greetings! I am thrilled to celebrate my 10th season as managing director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. It is always a privilege to curate the performances and exhibitions for this beautiful facility. Here’s a look at what’s new this year.

First, all of our Academic Music performances – with the exception of the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers – are now free admission.

Second, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the college, and we have booked four special performances to help celebrate. In the brochure, you will see a special 50th anniversary logo to pinpoint those performances.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce we have been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. Moraine Valley, along with one consortium and three other individual organizations, received funding to build knowledge and appreciation for arts and culture with roots in Muslim-majority societies. This grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and helps support mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America.

Moraine Valley’s specific project is titled Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America, and our focus is to highlight the artistic and cultural diversity of Muslim artists living and working in the United States. All Mosaics projects are denoted by a special logo designed by Moraine Valley student Jacob Carbonara as part of a logo
design competition.

The arts, particularly the performing arts, are a powerful tool for transformation. When you bring people together in a shared cultural experience, you begin to dissolve boundaries, and people have the chance to recognize our common humanity. The negative stereotypes the media and politicians have perpetuated about Muslims in America are false and damaging to everyone in our society. Our nation has always stood with pride in the fact we are a diverse culture–a melting pot. This project will help remind everyone we are all one, that human experience and artistic expression are universal, and that we are all stronger when
we treat each other with dignity and respect.

I look forward to seeing you during this exciting season at the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
All the best,
Tommy Hensel
Managing Director