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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 21, 2003

UI Arts Share Program Is Now Scheduling Events Throughout Region

The University of Iowa Arts Share program, which links the resources of the Iowa Center for the Arts with schools and other community organizations throughout Iowa and beyond, is now scheduling its roster of faculty and graduate student artists for the 2003-2004 academic year.

A free program guide and artist roster is available from the Arts Share office, W113 Halsey Hall, the University of Iowa, Iowa, 52242. Call 319-335-1618 or send an e-mail to leslie-finer@uiowa.edu. Forms and information are also available on the Arts Share web page at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsshare.

The program's stated mission is "to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa."

The 2003-04 Arts Share roster includes nearly 100 individual faculty artists, graduate student artists and ensembles in music, theater, dance, the visual arts, the book arts and creative writing.

The extensive list of ensembles include Dancers in Company, the UI dance department's versatile repertory ensemble; Duarte Dance Works, directed by dance faculty member Armando Duarte; the Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble and Dancers; Black Action Theatre Presents!; the international, award-winning Johnson County Landmark jazz band; the perennially popular World of Percussion Ensemble; and the Maia Quartet, the resident faculty string quartet of the UI School of Music.

The artists are available for a variety of activities, including performances, workshops, residencies, clinics, master classes, readings and lecture/demonstrations. The program will design special projects to meet the needs of communities. For example, many schools have used Arts Share to organize arts days, combining Arts Share artists from several artistic fields. Others have scheduled several visits by a single artist to supervise extended student projects.

Arts Share will also present a variety of educational events on the UI campus during the coming year, primarily for school groups, featuring the UI Philharmonia, the Oddbar Jazz Ensemble, the World of Percussion Ensemble, Dancers in Company, the Holiday Opera Gala and the University Theatres production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

The Arts Share program guide also includes information about other educational outreach opportunities at the UI.

Arts Share artists are affordable and corporate-sponsored scholarships are available for some Arts Share artists and events. Funding may also be available through the Iowa Arts Council.

Sponsors for Arts Share during the 2003-2004 season include the Alliant Energy Foundation, Target Stores and the Iowa City Noon Optimists.

Arts Share is a program of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media.html or http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html.