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  •  LaGuardia Community College Foundation Receives $30,000 Gift from The Halal Guys

    LaGuardia Community College FoundationReceives
    $30,000 Gift from The Halal Guys

    Long Island City, NY (May 26, 2016)— The Halal Guys, the popular street-food vendor turned worldwide franchise, who have fans of their scrumptious chicken and gyro over rice flocking to their two restaurants and four carts throughout NYC, ten franchise restaurants nationwide, and with plans underway to open approximately 335 new franchise locations around the world, today presented a gift of $30,000 to the  LaGuardia Community College Foundation.

    HalalGuys
    The Halal Guys presents a gift of $30,000 to LaGuardia CommunityCollege President Gail O. Mellow

    They were joined by representatives of their franchise partner company, Fransmart, which underwrote the gift to LaGuardia as part of a celebration for closing an international deal to expand The Halal Guys franchise to South Korea.

     

    This is the third gift that The Halal Guys have given to LaGuardia—in 2013 they gave $6,000; last year, they gave $7,000. The gifts support The Halal Guys Scholarship Fund at LaGuardia, which was established in 2013 and gives full-time students in good academic standing $1,000 for two semesters of studies. Thus far, their support has gone to more than eight LaGuardia students.

     

    “The Halal Guys scholarship allowed me to complete my final semester at LaGuardia,” said Adeline Romero, who graduated from LaGuardia Community College with a 3.85 GPA, and is now studying political science at John Jay, with plans to pursue a career in public policy and advocacy. “The Halal Guys scholarship lightened my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my last class load. The generosity extended to me by The Halal Guys and LaGuardia has inspired me to give back to the community. I hope to pay it forward one day and help other students achieve their goals.”

     

    “The Halal Guys are the very best friends our college can have,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “They have been unwavering in their support of our students, and this very generous gift from their partner, Fransmart, will ease the financial stress of many of our students.”

     

    The Halal Guys have, for many years, operated a cart outside the LaGuardia Community College campus, and a friendship between a faculty member and Hesham Hegazy, The Halal Guys’s Director of Business and Brand Development, spurred their support of the college.

     

    “When my friend, engineering professor Yasser Hassebo, told me about the students in his classes who were working very hard to excel in their studies, while struggling to make ends meet and also balancing work and family obligations, I was moved to help out,” said Mr. Hegazy. “LaGuardia Community College students, faculty, and staff have been loyal supporters of our food cart on their campus, and so it felt right to give back by establishing The Halal Guys Scholarship Fund.”

     

    “We’re grateful to Dan Rowe of Fransmart, for making this gift that marks our expansion to South Korea,” said Mohamed Abouelenein, president and co-founder of The Halal Guys. “Three of my children studied at LaGuardia Community College, and all had excellent experiences—they enjoyed their time here and were very well prepared for the next chapters of their education—transferring to four-year schools. Through my children, I know the value of this college first-hand, and so I’m very pleased that we’re able to support it with this scholarship fund.”

     

    Abdelbaset Elsayed and Ahmed Elsaka, co-founders of The Halal Guys with Mr. Abouelenein, attended the check presentation at LaGuardia Community College. Two Halal Guys Scholars at LaGuardia attended as well.

     

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    The Halal Guys legend began in 1990, when the three founding partners opened up a hot dog cart on West 53rd & 6th Avenue in New York City. As business grew, they recognized a huge demand from Muslim cab drivers looking for a halal food meal. That is when the famous platter of chicken and gyro over rice was born (with white and red sauces!). Fast-forward 25 years, five carts, two New York City restaurants, and millions of diverse customers served, The Halal Guys is growing yet again. Fans no longer have to be in NYC to experience The Halal Guys as they look to share American Halal Food all over the country and the world. For more information, visit www.TheHalalGuys.com.

     

    LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.

     Laguardia Community College’s Theater Program Presents Passing Strange The Musical

    LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S THEATER PROGRAM PRESENTS PASSING STRANGE THE MUSICAL

    Theatrical Production Starring LaGuardia Students will run Through May 21st


    Graduates of the first LaGuardia Medical Billing cohort. The program is a result of ongoing partnership and collaboration among the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and LaGuardia Community College. 


    LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—(May13, 2016)— LaGuardia Community College’s Theater program is pleased to present the play PASSING STRANGE, running through May 21st in the college’s Little Theater. PASSING STRANGE by Stew, is directed and choreographed by Stefanie Sertich, Director of LaGuardia’s Theater Program and a LaGuardia faculty member. LaGuardia students star in this fantastic musical while they take on singing, dancing, acting – in both Dutch and German dialects!

     

    “This musical is an autobiography of a young African-American artist in search of himself, on an artistic journey of self-discovery through Europe,” said Sertich. In addition to performing in the musical, students are behind the scenes as the stage crew, lighting crew and costume design among many other roles for the production.

     

    Synopsis of the musical:

    PASSING STRANGE, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity.

     

    PASSING STRANGE is currently running in the Little Theater located in the M Building at LaGuardia Community College. For ticket information, please visit lpac.nyc or call the box office at (718) 482-5151.

    WHAT: PASSING STRANGE, The Musical 

     

    WHEN:  Thursday,May 12th 7:30pm

                   Friday, May 13th 7:30pm

                   Saturday, May 14th 7:30pm

                   Tuesday May 17th 7:30pm

                   Wednesday May 18th 2:30pm

                   Thursday May 19th 2:30 and7:30pm

                   Friday May 20th 7:30pm

                   Saturday May 21st 7:30pm

                         

    WHERE: LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater

    Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson& 47th Ave.,

    Main College address: 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, Queens


    Price: General Admission $10

     

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     Passing Strange 2016 Site



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    LaGuardia Community College’s Theater Program students have participated in theKennedy Center’s American College TheaterFestival for the past four years winning several awards and scholarships.  For more information about LaGuardia’s Theater Program or to learn more about PASSING STRANGE please visit Passing Strange 2016or LaGuardia Performing Arts Program on Facebook.

     

    Written by members of LaGuardia Community College’s Public Relations Student Club, which is overseen by Shaunee Wallace, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and a communications teacher.



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     LaGuardia Graduates 1st Medical Billing Cohort Through Collaborative Partnership Model

    LaGuardia Graduates First Medical Billing Cohort Through Collaborative Partnership Model

    Partners include Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the NYC Department of Small Business Services & LaGuardia Community College


    Graduates of the first LaGuardia Medical Billing cohort. The program is a result of ongoing partnership and collaboration among the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and LaGuardia Community College.

    Graduates of the first LaGuardia Medical Billing cohort. The program is a result of ongoing partnership and collaboration among the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and LaGuardia Community College.



    LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (May 5, 2016)
    — An innovative program designed to develop a pipeline of high-quality candidates for medical billing positions at Weill Cornell Medicine has graduated students from its first cohort at LaGuardia Community College. The program is a result of ongoing partnership and collaboration among the Harvard Business School Club of New York (“HBSCNY”), Weill Cornell Medicine, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare(“NYACH”), the NYC Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”), and LaGuardia Community College. It is supported and offered tuition-free for students through funding from SBS.

    “The Medical Billing Certificate Program reflects our commitment to helping New Yorkers find stable, well-paying jobs through education,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “This program is exactly the kind of investment that makes sense: City government dollars supporting training that leads people to jobs with higher salaries and good benefits, helping them build better lives for themselves, their families and our city. Today also celebrates the unique collaboration of our college with the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare and NYC Department of Small Business Services – which have helped us design a program that puts people to work.”

    The LaGuardia Medical Billing Certificate Program is intended for adults who are unemployed, underemployed, or employed but seeking a career with stable hours, benefits, and advancement opportunities. Entry level salaries in medical billing range from $35,000 to $45,000.

    Among the 23 students who graduated from the first cohort, 16 were unemployed, and those working full-time were earning as little as $10/hr. (approx. $20,000/year). To read more about the demographics of the graduates, click here.

    The Harvard Business School Club of New York served as a catalyst for the medical billing training program through its Skills Gap Initiative, where club members developed strategies to address critical gaps that exist when employers cannot fill well paying positions due to a shortage of adequately trained candidates. Research showed that in the New York area, this gap is particularly acute in the growth sector of healthcare services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the health info tech field is projected to grow by 22 percent through 2022.

    “We set out to address this hiring gap by connecting a healthcare provider facing a hiring shortage with a community college with the expertise to provide the training, and are very pleased that our work has resulted in this highly productive, tuition-free medical billing program as a result of the additional support provided by NYACH and SBS,” said Barry Puritz, co-chair of the HBSCNY Skills Gap Project. “As soon as we met LaGuardia Community College President Mellow, it was clear that she understood the value of what we were trying to accomplish, and her leadership and involvement has been key to the project’s success.” 

    Before the first medical billing cohort, a pilot was conducted. Eight students completed the pilot, including Leticia Moreno Leal, who had been working as a food industry server but wanted a better job with more opportunities. She applied to the pilot of LaGuardia’s Medical Billing Certificate Program. Upon completing the program, she obtained a position as a medical billing specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine—and in less than a year on the job, she recently earned a promotion.

    “Everyone at LaGuardia was very helpful, training me for a professional field in which I had no previous experience,” said Leal. “I have received accolades in my job as Account Representative; my supervisor and managers are tremendously supportive, and I feel very content because I have been promoted to Accounts Receivables Specialist. These are the kinds of opportunities that Weill Cornell Medicine has to offer. My goal is to one day be a great example to other students and give them motivation that if they have the will, they can accomplish all of their goals at Weill Cornell Medicine.”

    Based on the success and learnings from the early pilot, LaGuardia partnered with NYACH to enhance the program model and offer it to students tuition-free as a result of funding support from SBS. NYACH aims to share the best practices from this Medical Billing program with other CUNY schools.


    Graduates of the first LaGuardia Medical Billing cohort. The program is a result of ongoing partnership and collaboration among the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and LaGuardia Community College.

    LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow congratulates graduate Aliya Kassam, while (from left to right), Susan Shevlin, Director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Talent Acquisition & Onboarding, Ann Adenbaum, Senior Director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Physician Organization Revenue Cycle, and Jane Schulman, Vice President of LaGuardia’s Adult and Continuing Education division, look on.


    "This program is a great example of an education institution working closely with a healthcare employer with the goal of ensuring the training teaches the skills being sought after by industry, for an occupation that is in demand, and through a program model that best situates New Yorkers for success,” said Shawna Trager, Executive Director of NYACH.

    The LaGuardia MedicalBilling Certificate Program is designed to graduate adults who understand health care finance and who are prepared to work in leading healthcare facilities.

    The program’s robust 267-hour training program – with classes four nights a week for five months – teaches participants job-readiness skills (resume preparation, communication skills, etc.) as well as technical skills (medical billing, data analysis, etc.). There is no cost to participants. Weill Cornell Medicine is closely involved at every stage of the program—from recruitment, to curriculum, to on-site training, to job placement, and more.

    Each student who successfully completes the program is guaranteed an interview at Weill Cornell Medicine. “Our ideal candidate has experience in the business side of healthcare, technical and analytic skills, and an enthusiasm to work at a world class organization like Weill Cornell Medicine,” said Ann Adenbaum, Senior Director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Physician Organization Revenue Cycle. “The opportunity to collaborate with LaGuardia creates a pipeline for us of students who want to be employed in healthcare with experience.”

    Noting that program graduates who have been hired by Weill Cornell Medicine so far are “dedicated, well-educated and enthusiastic,” Ms. Adenbaum added, “I like to think this collaboration is the beginning of a revenue cycle academy for future employees.”

    Among the students graduating in the first cohort, 12 have been offered jobs at Weill Cornell Medicine thus far, including four who received multiple job offers from various departments within the provider. Students who are not hired by Weill Cornell Medicine will interview for positions at other NY-area healthcare providers in May.

    “The skills the students learn in this program are highly transferable to other healthcare providers, so there are many opportunities for employment for these graduates,” said Jane Schulman, Vice President of LaGuardia’s Adult and Continuing Education division.

    “Meanwhile, the second cohort begins May 31 and we’re hopeful for continued support,” said VP Schulman.

    “Everything we do will support LaGuardia's effort to expand the program,” said Richard Kane, co-chair of the HBSCNY Skills Gap Project. “Based on the program’s success thus far, we plan to spread the word about this extraordinary program locally through our website and other HBSCNY media, and perhaps more broadly through Harvard Business School in Boston (where HBS's Skills Gap Initiative began) and our national alumni/club network.”

    “The Harvard Business School Club of New York has become a great friend to LaGuardia Community College. In addition to our partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine, HBSCNY served as the catalyst for our work with EntrepreneursRoundtable Accelerator (ERA), a NY incubator, to provide technology internships leading to full time jobs for our students,” said LaGuardia President Mellow. “We’re tremendously grateful for the club’s visionary dedication to public service, and for the generosity of its members, who have provided stipends for LaGuardia ERA interns and scholarships for early pilot students.”

    Graduates of the Medical Billing Certificate Program receive nine college credits. Leal, who participated in the pilot of the Medical Billing Certificate program, plans to continue her education at LaGuardia by applying the nine college credits she received through the program towards an associate’s degree in Business Administration: Healthcare Management. She hopes to eventually transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree and continue working her way up the healthcare career ladder.

    About LaGuardia Community College

    LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.

    About New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare

    New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (“NYACH”), a public-private partnership between SBS and the NYC Workforce Funders, is an industry partnership, bringing together multiple stakeholders of the healthcare workforce development system in order to address the industry’s rapidly changing workforce needs. NYACH’s mission is to build an effective healthcare workforce development system in NYC by identifying employers’ needs, helping education and training organizations adapt to those needs, and ensuring low income and unemployed New Yorkers have access to viable career opportunities in healthcare.

    About NYC Department of Small Business Services

    The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. SBS works with industry partnerships like NYACH to scale and sustain industry informed training models that support New Yorkers in advancing in career pathways.  



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    Watch a video of five graduates in the first cohort discussing the LaGuardia Medical Billing Certificate Program.

    Learn more about Crain’s New York Business Health Pulse (subscription required) 


    Demographics of the First Cohort of LaGuardia’s Medical Billing Certificate Program

    ‌-2 Male; 21 Female
    -16 unemployed

    ‌-7 employed full-time, avg. current salary $15/hour (range from $10-18/hour)

    ‌-18 of the 23 graduates self-identify as among racial/ethnic minorities

    ‌-80% are bilingual or multilingual

    ‌-Average age is 36 (range: 21-52 years)

    ‌-13 graduates hold degrees (1 Master’s, 10 Bachelor’s and 2 Associate’s degrees)—majors range from nursing to computer science

    ‌-Remaining graduates have some college and are interested in finishing degree once employed

    ‌-There is one 2008 Fulbright scholar from the University of Utah

    ‌-The graduates have prior work experience in bookkeeping, finance, healthcare, technology and/or customer services

    ‌-5 graduates have some healthcare experience and are looking to advance their career


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     Weil Corrnell Teams up with Community College
    Crain's New York Business Health Pulse
    (Subscription required for full article) 
    May 2, 2016


    View Full article here: Weill Cornell teams up with community college





    LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—( May 2, 2016) —
    When LaGuardia Community College held the graduation ceremony last week for the first class of students in its Medical Billing Certificate Program, many had already found jobs. The vocational program was developed in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine… The Harvard Business School Club of New York facilitated the partnership between the two organizations as part of its Skill Gap Initiative, which seeks to address shortages of qualified candidates for job openings. "Most of the time, educators come to employers and say, 'We have this training program. Take our graduates,'" said Kimberly Kendall, executive director of adult and continuing education at LaGuardia Community College. "This time we started with, 'What do you need?'"…

     


     
     


     Spring Into Theater in Long Island City
    Spring Into Theater in Long Island City!

    Tickets Available for May Theater Productions at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

    LaGuardia English Professor to Debut Work in Which Audience Members
    Will Be Part of Cast—Free & Open to Public


    LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—( May 2, 2016) —Tickets are available for May 2016 theatrical productions of The Sensuality Party and Passing Strange at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, a non-profit professional theater located at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. See prices below.

    As well, playwright David Rimmer, who teaches English at LaGuardia Community College, will debut his new work, The Reunion Guy, in which audience members will be part of the performance staged as an actual college reunion. In lieu of payment (members of the public are invited to attend at no charge), Mr. Rimmer asks “that audience members bring their imagination.”

    Two additional performances honoring veterans, Project: (Her) Voice and Ajax in Iraq are free and open to the public. See details below.

    Credentialed media who want to attend a performance, or speak with theater directors or artists, should contact Luda Spajic at (718) 482-5060 or lspajic@lagcc.cuny.edu.



    Featured Show

    Sensuality Party

    The Sensuality Party, brought to life in common rooms and student unions at college campuses across all 5 NYC boroughs, is a new play written by Justin Kuritzkes. Directed by Danya Taymor, the play portrays six college students – 3 women and 3 men – who reflect on an afternoon of group sex they shared during their first semester, and how what began as a rather casual experiment went suddenly and horribly wrong.

    • What: The Sensuality Party
    • When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM & 7 PM
    • Where: LaGuardia Community College’s C-Bldg., 29-10 Thomson Ave., C-401, Long Island City, Queens
    • Price: General Admission: $35 (students with valid ID $10) 


    To purchase tickets for The Sensuality Party, please visit: http://www.thenewgroup.org/.


    Additional Productions


    Project: (her) voice. Come and hear true stories of women fighting for rights of women veterans, women who have gone to war for our country, and family members supporting our men and women in the military. For more information or to RSVP e-mail vets@lagcc.cuny.edu or call (718) 482-5386.

    • What:  Project: (her) voice
    • When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6-8 pm
    • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Mainstage Theater (31-10 Thomson Ave.)
    Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens
    • Price: Free & Open to the Public


    Ajax in Iraq. Hear narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war. For more information or to RSVP e-mail vets@lagcc.cuny.edu or call (718) 482-5386

    • What:  Ajax in Iraq
    • When: Tuesday, May 5, 2016, 6-8 pm
    • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Mainstage Theater (31-10 Thomson Ave.)
    Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens
    • Price: Free & Open to the Public

    Passing Strange

    Passing Strange, which The New York Times described as “a sprawling work of performance art, complete with angry rants and scary drag queens” when it was performed on Broadway in 2008. Written by singer-songwriter and playwright Stew (Mark Stewart), who describes the piece as “a rock concert with a story to tell,” the piece is written as an autobiography of a young African-American artist who embarks on a journey of self-discovery through Europe.

    • What: Passing Strange
    • When: May 11-21, 2016, 5/12-5/17, 5/19-5/21 at 7:30 PM & 5/18, 5/19 at 2:30 PM
    • Where: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Little Theater. Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens
    • Price: General Admission: $10

    The Reunion Guy

    The Reunion Guy, an original work written and directed by David Rimmer, who teaches English at LaGuardia, about a guy who goes to other people’s college reunions and the effect he has on the people he meets at the events. Audience members will “attend” a college reunion, featuring refreshments, awkwardness, self-aggrandizement, insecurity, and other usual happenings at school reunions (in the style of the award winning off-Broadway hit, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding). 

    • What: The Reunion Guy 
    • When:
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM 
    • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Poolside Café Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens 
    • Price: Free
     

    For More Information & To Reserve Tickets:
    Visit LPAC.NYC or call (718) 482-5151



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    About the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College

    Reflecting the College’s values of helping individuals fulfill their potential, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center serves as an arts incubator—offering a creative home for artists to showcase and workshop their pieces before moving onto festivals or other venues. As well, the Center serves as a front door for members of the community to become familiar with the College, and its well-regarded theater program. Productions that spark discussions across cultures and communities about social justice, such as Beyond Sacred, a work about the Muslim culture and experience, are regularly featured at the Center. Additionally, the Center is a site of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series annual spring and fall productions.

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