PUC to ’build community’ through multi-cultural program Saturday (4/9)

Purdue University Calumet is hosting a family-friendly, multi-cultural program that will represent cultures of community neighbors, Saturday (4/9) at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of the Student Union & Library.

The program, part of the university’s Building Community through the Arts cultural series, will celebrate Building Community…Through the Years. The celebration will feature highlights of performances, exhibits and food from the past 10 years of Building Community through the Arts.

Presentations include:

  • “The World on a String,” featuring music, theater and dance that use string,
  • “A Journey Around the World in Legends and Fairy Tales,” featuring stories, songs and dance from the fairy tales of countries around the world; and
  • “Percussion: The Heartbeat of Culture,” featuring music, dance and exhibits that use percussion.

Featured performers include Mariachi Sol de America, Kenwood Academy Choir, Bill Camp-NISO Brass Quintet, Ray Hanania, Dennehy Irish Dancers, Cathy Tadey, Indiana Ballet Theater and the West Side High School Theater Guild.

Mishkenut Mediterranean Cuisine of Munster and Taste of India of Merrillville will provide a sampling of ethnic food.

“Through this event, attendees can experience the beauty of diversity,” Event Coordinator LaShawnya Brunson said. “It also allows us to expand our perspective and see the world in a new way.”

Purdue Calumet’s Building Community through the Arts program seeks to celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of Northwest Indiana.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to enjoy such an overwhelming response, semester after semester, from our faculty, staff and students, as well as individuals and organizations that represent our ethnically and culturally rich communities,” Brunson said.

The Student Union & Library is near the south end of the campus, located one-third mile north of Interstate 80/94, three blocks east of Indianapolis Boulevard. More information can be obtained by visiting www.purduecal.edu/bcta or contacting Coordinator Brunson at 219/989-4034 or LaShawnya.Brunson@purduecal.edu.