Welcome to the 25th anniversary season at the Fine and Performing Arts Center. In 1984, Dr. Margaret Lehner, then dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences (now vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive assistant to the President), had a vision of making Moraine Valley Community College the cultural hub of the southwest suburbs. A huge team of supporters began to work on the vision. The road was long and often uncertain, but on Jan. 9, 1994, that vision
became a reality. Since that date, we have presented hundreds of performances representing dozens of different genres, exhibited nearly 100 professional artists in the art gallery, and seen over a half-million patrons come through our doors to explore the power of the arts.

This season, as always, we strive to provide options to appeal to many interests. We are bringing back some old favorites, mixed with some thrilling new experiences. We even have a special “dinner and a show” anniversary celebration event featuring a gourmet dinner followed by a performance of Jim Peterik’s World Stage.

2018/2019 marks the second season of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America initiative. These special projects are made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Additional funding has been provided by Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This year, the Mosaics program highlights the Moroccan blues with Innov Gnawa and brings two world-premiere performances to the Dorothy Menker Theater. Innovative hip-hop choreographer Amirah Sackett has created a thrilling new choreographic work which will have a world premiere Nov. 17 as part of the performance by Chicago Dance Crash. Our Academic Theater program then hosts another world premiere, the play American Griot in February 2019. Moraine Valley can be proud that our name will forever be part of those two works as they are made available for worldwide performance in the future.

For 25 years, local and regional audiences have supported the Fine and Performing Arts Center through both attendance and donation to the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation. It is my hope that audiences will continue to support our work for the next 25 years. After all, it is for you–the audience–that we do what we do. And now . . . on with the show!

All the best,
Tommy Hensel
Managing Director