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Release: Oct. 6, 1999

White House Council designates Hancher a 'Millennium Partner'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The White House Millennium Council in Washington, D.C., has designated the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium an official "Millennium Partner."

The White House Millennium Council was initiated to "encourage the creativity and inventiveness of the American people" at the turn of the millennium. Hancher's Millennium Festival is the nation's most extensive and ambitious performing-arts millennium celebration, featuring 20 commissioned works in music, theater and dance, including 15 world or American premieres during the 1999-2000 season.

The council recognizes projects that encourage creativity and honor excellence, under the slogan "Honor the Past -- Imagine the Future."

Ellen McCullough-Lovell, deputy assistant to the President and advisor to the First Lady on the Millennium, wrote in her letter to UI President Mary Sue Coleman, "The new millennium holds tremendous opportunity for all Americans, The President and Mrs. Clinton are committed to supporting the American people in reflection, action and celebration to mark the millennium in meaningful ways . . . Your project furthers the WHMC's mission and goals, and we look forward to working with you."

Learn more about Hancher Millennium Festival activities on the World Wide Web at <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher> or <http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr>. The Millennium Council website is <http://www.whitehouse.gov/Initiatives/Millennium/index.shtml>.