Dear Fine and Performing Arts Center Patrons,

As we celebrate the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s 25th anniversary, I am grateful for those who volunteered their time so many years ago to get a referendum passed that would allow Moraine Valley to build an arts center for the southwest suburbs. Because of their vision and commitment to the arts, the Fine and Performing Arts Center is a cultural hub in which our students learn and perform, as well as a place for community members to experience the arts in myriad ways.

Stroll through the Fine and Performing Arts Center, and you will find a bevy of art studios, music practice rooms, theaters, and other wonderful hands-on learning spaces for our students studying the arts. Many of our neighbors come to the center to let their inner star shine as members of our band and choral programs, and artists of all ages have exhibited their work in our gallery and atrium. I am always happy to see children attending programs in the Fine and  Performing Arts Center. Exposing our young residents to arts and live theater helps them build confidence and creativity.

Our center also is a gem for people to enjoy live entertainment in their community. Throughout the last two decades, we have hosted thousands of events, including big-name mainstage personalities such as legendary blues pioneer Buddy Guy; singer/songwriter Judy Collins; entertainer extraordinaire Ben Vereen; “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor; and award-winning actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera, to name a few. Audiences also have delighted in outstanding academic music and theatrical shows, musicals, concerts and comedy shows. I am looking forward to another strong season of diverse performances.

My family and I have joined hundreds of families in experiencing all the Fine and Performing Arts Center has to offer over the years. I am filled with pride to see the extraordinary support of this arts center by our community. It has been an incredible 25 years, and I wish the Fine and Performing Arts Center all the very best for many more decades to come.

Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins