As part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project, Moraine Valley Community College is offering free events that highlight the artistic and cultural diversity of Muslim artists living and working in the United States. All of the events will be held at the college, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
The “Cultivating Your Creativity” workshop, which features entertainers The Reminders, teaches participants to use sensory language in a creative context to generate powerful metaphors, imagery and ideas. It is Tuesday, March 20, at 11:30 a.m., in Building D, Room D116.
Hip-Hop artist Amirah Sackett hosts the “Hip-Hop Movement,” Wednesday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Building F. The workshop features top rocking, breaking and popping styles of hip-hop.
The “Expressions of Self” workshop featuring artist Omar Offendum showcases poetic self-expression from Hip-Hop influences, live recitations and a collaborative writing exercise.
The workshop is Thursday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m., in Building M., Moraine Room 1.
An Open Mic Night, cosponsored by the Muslim Student Association and the Arab Student Union, features special guests Omar Offendum and The Reminders. The event, which includes music and dancing, is Friday, March 23, at 6 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Building F.
A screening of the award-winning film, “MOOZ-lum,” starring Nia Long, Evan Ross and Danny Glover, is being shown Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Building F. Written and directed by Qasim Basir, the film depicts a Muslim college student around the time of the September 11 attacks and what it means to be a Muslim in America. Basir will be available at the end of the screening for a question-and-answer session.
Funding for the Mosaics project is 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.
For more information, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center Box Office at (708) 974-5500.