The community is invited to a free viewing party for a celebration of international arts Thursday, Nov. 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. “Building Bridges, Crossing Boundaries” will begin at 7 p.m., in the Moraine Business and Conference Center.

Featured performances include Heather Raffo from her opera “Fallujah,” Ping Chong + Company with the cast of “Beyond Sacred,” dancer Hind Benali, poet Omar Offendum, musician Amir El Saffar, The Reminders musical ensemble, and comedian Mo Amer as the emcee.

This event is sponsored through The Cultural Exchange, which hosts performing artists with roots in Muslim-majority countries and cultures. It is produced by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The Cultural Exchange Lab has received funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

The virtual festival is being hosted by the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC). For more information, contact Tommy Hensel, FPAC managing director, at (708) 974-5500.


For news media inquiries, call Jessica Crotty, assistant director of Communications, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at crotty@morainevalley.edu.