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Carver Trust awards UI Hancher Auditorium $233,500 for ambitious
arts education project
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded a
$233,500 challenge grant to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium to
establish a three-year, curriculum-based arts education project at elementary
and middle schools in six Iowa communities.
The grant, provided through the University of Iowa Foundation, will
involve Roosevelt Elementary and Southeast Junior High in Iowa City; Johnson
School for the Arts and McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids; Hoover
Elementary and Hoover Middle School in West Branch; Columbus Junction Elementary
and Columbus Junction Junior/Senior High; Wellman Elementary School; Mid-Prairie
Junior High in Kalona; and Washington Elementary and Mt. Vernon Middle
School in Mt. Vernon.
To receive the Carver Trust funds, Hancher must match each dollar of
the grant with funds raised from other sources.
Beginning in the 1999-2000 academic year, Hancher will work with the
UI Arts Share program to integrate the arts into the full curriculum of
the schools, using UI graduate student artists and touring artists on the
Hancher professional schedule.
Under the direction of Hancher's education coordinator, Michelle Coleman,
the project will provide an annual seven-week program of in-school workshops,
interactive activities through the Iowa Communications Network and live
performances to enrich the arts curricula and to integrate the arts into
social studies, literature, science and mathematics curricula.
"Substantial research has established a positive correlation between
arts-based learning and a student's classroom achievement," explained
Judith Hurtig, assistant director of Hancher Auditorium. "The goal
of this project is to establish the arts as central to the educational
mission because of the arts' ability to stimulate students' overall development."
The UI has been a national leader in arts education outreach. The pioneering
work of Mary Louise Plautz in developing and sustaining the UI office of
Arts Education and Outreach in the early 1980s made the UI a model center
for arts outreach and laid the groundwork for both Hancher's current arts
education program and the Arts Share program, which provides UI faculty
and graduate student artists to schools and other community organizations
throughout the state.
During his lifetime Iowa industrialist and philanthropist Roy J. Carver
of Muscatine contributed nearly $10 million to the UI in support of scholarships,
professorships, medical research, the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC),
the Iowa Opportunity Fund and UI athletics. Carver-Hawkeye Arena is named
in recognition of Carver's gift to the Hawkeye Arena Recreation Campaign
and many other projects. The Carver Gallery in the UI Museum of Art and
the Carver Pavilion at UIHC also carry his name.
Since his death in 1981 the Carver Charitable Trust has continued his
"commitment to helping youth through educational opportunities and
to improving the quality of life through medical and scientific research."
In the past 12 years the trust has contributed more than $21 million to
"We are to extremely pleased to have Hancher receive its first
gift from the Carver Trust for such an ambitious, worthwhile project,"
said Victor Mashburn, the University of Iowa Foundation's development officer
for the auditorium.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support
for private contributions to all areas of the UI. Foundation staff work
with alumni and friends of the UI to provide funds for facilities improvements,
scholarships, professorships and other forms of support.
To make a contribution of matching funds to the Carver Trust challenge
grant, or to receive additional information, contact Mashburn at 319-335-3305.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: Here are the participants or contact persons at each
of the schools in the arts education project supported by the Carver Trust
Iowa City Roosevelt Elementary: Nora Steinbreck, 339-6859
Iowa City Southeast Junior High: Deborah Wretman, Janet Bloom, 339-6823
West Branch Hoover Elementary: Chuck Bonjour, Susan Lehman, 643-7211
West Branch Hoover Middle School: Mark Steffen, 643-5324; Susan Lehman,
627-2458; Michael Hansen, 643-4111
Mt. Vernon Washington Elementary: Gary Nelson, 895-6251
Mt. Vernon Middle School: Tom Lass, 895-6254
Cedar Rapids Johnson School of the Arts: Susan Lagos, Damon Cole, 398-2174
Cedar Rapids McKinley Middle School: Tom Van Deest, Craig Wilson, 398-2348
Columbus Junction Community Schools: Marsha Gerol, Dan Vogeler, Jeff
Tadsen, 728-2233; Julie Gentz, Chuck Reighard, 728-2231
Wellman Elementary: Mark Schneider, Luetta Ropp, 646-2984
Kalona Mid-Prairie Junior High: Becky Furlong, Wendy Allen, 656-2241