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Sept. 22, 2010

New 2010-2011 UI Arts Share program events now being scheduled

Arts Share, the University of Iowa art outreach program that sends graduate-student artists and faculty throughout the state’s schools and communities, continues to explore Iowa, having visited 74 of the state’s 99 counties.

The UI program is now scheduling events for the 2010-11 season. To make a request, contact the Arts Share office at 319-335-1618 or For information about the programs, its sponsors and online forms, visit the Arts Share website at

Thanks to its increased sponsorship support, Arts Share’s stability and financial flexibility have allowed for the growing roster and the increasing ability to reach previously unvisited Iowa communities.

“I am thrilled about our sponsors this year, because they each support different programming for Arts Share and help us to reach different populations,” Arts Share Director Leslie Finer said.

These sponsors enable Arts Share to stage a multitude of events, such as: holding multi-cultural lecture demonstrations by Dancers in Company at area elementary schools, offering free writing classes to chronically ill patients, and providing free performances by UI ensembles that are entertaining, educational and appropriate for all ages.

Its growing roster featuring nearly 100 individual artists and ensembles is able to fill an abundance of needs and budgets. Many schools visited by Arts Share have asked the artists to make multiple visits to help aid in long-term art projects. Other available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures.

Arts Share’s goal is to provide access to life-stirring arts experiences throughout Iowa, and to support the arts, increasing its exposure to undeserved Iowa locations. It programs more than 200 events per year, including a high school theater workshop and performance day of Sophocle’s “Antigone,” the PanAmerican Steel Band, and the Iowa Acting Ensemble. Arts Share’s artists have traveled as far as Sioux City, Keokuk, Council Bluffs and Davenport to present in one of its five programs: dance, theater, music, creative writing and visual arts.

UI arts events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar: Exhibitions are searchable at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to and click the link "Join or Leave ACR News," then follow the instructions.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Leslie Finer, Arts Share,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Travis Varner,