Lafayette seeks to foster cross-cultural knowledge and understanding through cultural activities that focus on arts and culture with roots in contemporary Muslim-majority regions of the world.

Recognizing the vibrant diversity of Muslim arts, cultures, and identities throughout the world and at home in the United States, Lafayette College and the Williams Center for the Arts‘ Performance Series will explore a variety of contemporary Muslim artistic expressions, hosting three semester-long festivals under the appellation Tapestries: Voices Within Contemporary Muslim Cultures.

Each festival—scheduled for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Fall 2018—will feature mainstage performances at the Williams Center and related interdisciplinary activities throughout the campus. In collaborative experiences between artists and our campus and local communities, Tapestries seeks to reach new audiences, deepen understanding and awareness, and cultivate broad-minded citizens of the world.

Tapestries 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. Read more about the Building Bridges program here.

Plans are underway for Fall 2017; watch this space for announcements about programming.

Add Your Voice

Interested in getting involved? Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, or one of our neighbors from the greater Lehigh Valley area, we welcome your participation. Contact us:

  • Hollis Ashby, Director of the Williams Center for the Arts Performance Series, via ashbyh@lafayette.edu
  • Rachel Goshgarian, Assistant Professor of History, via goshgarr@lafayette.edu
  • Alex Hendrickson, Interim Dean of Equity & Inclusion and College Chaplain, via hendrica@lafayette.edu
  • Jennifer Kelly, Director of the Arts, via kellyjw@lafayette.edu