CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Annual WOW program will bring third-grade students to UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 900 third-grade students from 19 local schools
will visit the University of Iowa Museum of Art in February through the "Widen
our World" (WOW) enrichment program.
WOW is a collaboration among the Museum of Art, the Iowa City Community School
District and First National Bank. Participating students will come from Iowa
City elementary schools, as well as Regina Elementary, Willowwind School and
Lakeview Elementary in Solon.
Now in its seventh year, WOW is intended to introduce students to art and
art museums as life-long resources for learning and enjoyment. By exposing
the children to art from many cultures, the museum also hopes to deepen the
children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.
Under the auspices of the WOW program, third-grade classes will visit the
museum throughout February. Museum docents will guide the children, their
teachers, parent volunteers, school administrators and First National Bank
volunteers on one-hour tours of selections from the museum's permanent collection
and special exhibitions. Student docents from City High School will also be
on hand to work with the teachers.
The groundwork for the tours was laid by a teacher training in-service meeting
in December. This program, as well as an educational packet, "Art Alive,"
containing essays, slides and a video of selected art that will be on display
in February, is designed to ready teachers and children for their visit to
the museum. In addition, the children will receive follow-up activity books
specially prepared by the museum educational staff.
Major funding for WOW is provided by First National Bank of Iowa City, with
additional funding provided by Mid-America Construction.
For further information about the WOW program, call Emily Vermillion, curator
of education at the UI Museum of Art at (319) 335-1730, or the museum front
desk at (319) 335-1727.