The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America.

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

Mosaics strives to identify and engage artists from both the Middle East and non-Arab countries, including North African nations, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Albania and Turkey. Contemporary Muslim-American culture and identity is also explored.

The projects, including five major public events, spans 2016 to 2019 and works to deepen the relationships between diverse Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Four of these activities are integrated into the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Season of public performances in the fall and spring semesters. The fifth activity will be integrated into the spring 2018 Academic Theater season. In conjunction with each major program, the college provides an extensive series of educational activities including artist residencies and interdisciplinary programming.

More to come on this exciting endeavor.

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The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

About APAP

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it.  APAP|NYC conference information, APAP membership information, Twitter @APAP365, Facebook .

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The Arts Program of DDCF focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theatre artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them. For more information, please visit

About the Building Bridges Program

The Building Bridges Program is the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA), which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). Based in New York, the Building Bridges Program supports national efforts to advance relationships, increase understanding, and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. For more information, please visit