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Release: May 11, 2001
Hancher ICN events reached students in more than 40 Iowa communities during
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arts education events in the University of Iowa Hancher
Auditorium involved students in 42 Iowa communities during the 2000-2001 season
through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). The ICN enabled students in
classrooms throughout Iowa to participate in real-time audio-visual interaction
with the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Disneys "Beauty and the Beast,"
the Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet and storyteller David Gonzalez on the Hancher
The two-way audio and visual capabilities of the ICN enabled Pilobolus artists
to conduct a statewide movement workshop. Students who connected to the "Beauty
and the Beast" session learned about the "Disney magic" of
the technically dazzling Broadway production.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet used their ICN opportunity to focus on
the centennial of jazz pioneer Louis Armstrongs birth. And Gonzalez
-- as part of the Arts Across the Curriculum Project organized by Hancher
and the UI Arts Share program -- provided an inside look at how music and
storytelling combine to create powerful theater.
Participating communities were Ackley, Algona, Atlantic, Aurelia, Boone,
Burnside, Cedar Falls, Charter Oak, Clarinda, Conrad, Crystal Lake, Des Moines,
Earlham, Elkader, Exira, Fort Madison, Gilbert, Independence, Inwood, Johnston,
Latimer, LuVerne, Manly, Marion, Massena, Middle Amana, Milford, Millersburg,
Moville, Nevada, Oelwein, Parkersburg, St. Ansgar, Tipton, Traer, Troy Mills,
Waterloo, Waukee, Wellsburg, West Burlington, West Liberty and West Point.
"We have found that the largest number of schools who receive Hancher's
educational programming are in small, rural areas," says Emily Hansen,
Hanchers education coordinator. "It is very exciting to stand on
the Hancher stage and watch these students who are not able to travel to Iowa
City interact with world-renowned artists right from their own classrooms."
Deep River-Millersburg teacher Marsha Reitzler wrote to Hansen, "The
ICN sessions from Hancher Auditorium have been a great opportunity for our
elementary students. These experiences have allowed our rural young people
the opportunity to see into the world of performance."
The ICN is the nations only publicly owned, statewide fiber-optic
network, which connects schools, libraries and government agencies, giving
Iowans in all parts of the state interactive access to Iowas educational,
legal and governmental resources.
Hanchers 2000-2001 educational programming -- partially funded through
the Hancher Guilds operation of the Hancher Showcase gift shop -- also
included Stage Door performances for school groups, pre- and post-performance
discussions, seven extensive residencies and a variety of other public events
-- master classes, discussions, mini-concerts, radio broadcasts and open rehearsals.
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 in the performing,
visual and literary arts.
Hancher was equipped as an ICN originating site through funds provided by
US WEST. 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, John and Ellen Buchanan, 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.
Other sponsors of Hanchers 2000-2001 ICN artists included the National
Endowment for the Arts, McLeodUSA, the Gazette, the Wallace-Readers
Digest Funds, the Iowa Arts Council and West Music Company.
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