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Sept. 3, 2010

Hancher selects first two participants in Arts Management Internship program

A new Hancher program is giving two University of Iowa students an in-depth look at the operation of a world-class arts organization. Kelsey Reeve, (photo, left) a senior from Cedar Rapids studying violin performance and music education, and Emma Palermo, (photo, right) a senior from Iowa City studying theater arts and pursuing a Performing Arts Entrepreneurial Certificate, have been selected to participate in the Hancher Arts Management Internship program.

Over the course of the academic year, Reeve and Palermo will spend time working with and learning from staffers in each of Hancher’s departments. Additionally, they will each design and complete a major project in an area in which they have a particular interest.

“We’re so pleased to be able to offer this detailed look at how all the work gets done in an organization like Hancher,” said Chuck Swanson, Hancher’s executive director. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to enhance the academic experiences that Kelsey and Emma are having here at the University of Iowa.”

The Hancher Arts Management Internships are paid positions, and Reeve and Palermo will join Hancher’s student assistants from specific departments (such as marketing, production, front-of-house, and others) to form a committee to advise the staff on a variety of issues over the course of the year.

Reeve and Palermo were selected via a competitive application process. Twenty-six students pursuing an array of majors applied for the positions.

Hancher has a long history of helping students prepare for a career in arts management. An impressive number of individuals who have served as Hancher ushers, box office cashiers, stagehands, interns, and student assistants have gone on to work for arts organizations around the country and around the world, while quite a number of others have become members of Hancher’s professional staff.

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

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