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Nov. 20, 2009

Corning selected for 2010 edition of 'Spot-The Hancher Family Arts Adventure'

In keeping with its commitment to serve people throughout the state of Iowa, Hancher has selected Corning as the 2010 community for the sixth edition of "Spot-The Hancher Family Arts Adventure." In May of 2010, master storyteller, mask-maker, and mime Michael Cooper will engage families in Corning with collaborative workshops and a public performance.

"We're thrilled to be bringing Michael Cooper and the Spot project to Corning," said Chuck Swanson, Hancher's executive director. "The Hancher Family Arts Adventure is a real opportunity for families to build memories around great arts experiences. Parents and kids are going to have a great time with Michael Cooper."

The Spot community is selected via a competitive grant process. The Adams Community Economic Development Corporation submitted the successful application for 2010. The group plans to collaborate with the Corning Center for the Fine Arts, the Corning Community Schools, Prescott Community School, and the Adams County Free Press to present Cooper in the community on May 3 and 4.

Following his residency in Corning, Cooper will participate in a similar residency in Iowa City which will culminate in a public performance on Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in Mabie Theatre on the University of Iowa campus.

Corning joins former Spot communities Spencer, Marshalltown, Perry and Algona.

Spot-The Hancher Family Arts Adventure is made possible by an endowment generated by funds from the Wallace Foundation and a number of Hancher donors. The endowment will fund the project in perpetuity.

Tickets for Cooper's May 9 performance are $25; UI student $10; senior citizen $22.50; youth $12.50 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at Mabie Theatre in the UI Theatre Building.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,