MIFA takes the persistence of racial and economic inequality in our country seriously. Artists and the arts have always outed cruelty and mistreatment. Think of Aida and Radames sealed alive to die together in a stone tomb because of their forbidden love. Think of the flip side, the joyous finale in The Marriage of Figaro when all the lovers get the love they want. We need more finales like that! The arts know that whatever else we can’t solve, fairness can bring people and a country economic and emotional prosperity.
Big-world diversity, equity and justice were inherent in MIFA’s founding 26 years ago, bringing finest examples of contemporary practice in the arts to our Valley neighborhood. Contemporary practice means the new, the rethought, the refreshed, the re-questioned and even the re-respected.
MIFA reaffirms listening and learning freshly. MIFA reaffirms supporting those nourishing voices who support the special power of the arts, education and social justice. MIFA reaffirms the power of fixing something that needs to be fixed, like the Victory Theatre, a beautiful big room in one of our most diverse communities, where daily and nightly knowledge and feeling can sing, dance and act, joining the long line of those who have sung, danced and played while keeping dust from settling on the long curve that bends toward justice.
” We are one people with one family. We all live in the same house.” – John Lewis
Executive Artistic Director
MIFA Victory Theatre