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Release: April 27, 2001

Students experience storyteller David Gonzalez in Hancher, on ICN

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 2,200 Iowa school children and their teachers experienced the storytelling magic of David Gonzalez in Hancher Auditorium during two special events, a Stage Door matinee performance on Monday, April 23 and an interactive broadcast on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) on Tuesday, April 24.

The events were part of a nearly month-long University of Iowa educational residency, which includes activities in a dozen area schools as part of the UI Arts Across the Curriculum project, organized by Hancher and the UI Arts Share program. The Stage Door performance drew a school-group audience of more than 1,400, and the ICN event included an in-house audience of 600, and 200 students participating in their classrooms.

The host of the award-winning "New York Kids" radio show, Gonzalez is part storyteller, part musician, part educator, part Broadway star and part musical therapist. He has been featured at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the Royal National Theater in London.

A New York Times review began, "As long as David Gonzalez is around, the venerable and very fine art of storytelling is in safe hands . . . With speech, sound, mime, dance and, above all, inspired imagination, Mr. Gonzalez has the gift of creating magical worlds and drawing his audience into them."

Gonzalez holds a doctorate in music therapy and is a faculty member at New York University, but his interest in storytelling began as a child, when his uncle built a puppet theater for him. His professional career has brought him before more than 1,500 audiences.

Sponsors of the Arts Across the Curriculum Project are Alliant Energy Foundation, Dain Rauscher, the DeMuth Family Foundation, Homer E. and Genevieve B. Dudley, Phyllis Fleming, M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Doug Hanson and Sue Deibner, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Scott A. and Jan. A. Johnson, Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, and Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson.

Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes more than 70 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students.

For additional information about the Gonzalez residency activities contact Emily Hansen at Hancher, 319-335-1130.

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.


STAGE DOOR PERFORMANCE, APRIL 23

CEDAR RAPIDS:

Johnson School of the Arts, 156
 

Taft Middle School, 230

 

Wright Elementary School, 50

CORALVILLE:

Kirkwood Elementary School, 56
 

Montessori School, 15

FAIRFIELD:

Fairfield Home Schoolers, 36

  Maharishi Elementary School, 32

IOWA CITY:

Christian Home Educators, 21
 

Horace Mann Elementary School, 72

 

Lemme Elementary School, 165

 

Sacred Heart Home Schoolers, 21

 

Shimek Elementary School, 75

LOST NATION:

Lost Nation Middle School, 140

MIDDLE AMANA:

Clear Creek Amana School, 63
 

Clear Creek Elementary School, 170

NORTH LIBERTY:

Penn Elementary School, 120

WELLMAN:

Wellman Elementary School, 34


ICN BROADCAST, APRIL 24

:In-school participants

 

NEVADA

 

WELLSBURG

 

JOHNSTON

 

CLEAR CREEK/MIDDLE AMANA

In-house schools:

 

CEDAR RAPIDS: Johnson School of the Arts,

 

McKinley Middle School

 

IOWA CITY: Roosevelt Elementary

 

MT. VERNON: Mt. Vernon Middle and Elementary

  WEST BRANCH: West Branch Elementary