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Hancher Auditorium 1997-98 grant support totals more than $100,000

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Performing arts programming at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium has attracted grant support of more than $100,00 for the 1997-98 season, which begins in September.

October performances of "Strega Nona" by the Children's Theatre Company will be supported by a $2,788 grant from Arts Midwest, which combines funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) with contributions from private and corporate sources in the Midwest.

January performances and residency activities of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, which focuses on African-American dance traditions, have drawn support of $9,000 from Arts Midwest and $8,800 from the Iowa Arts Council, which includes funds from the NEA.

By far the largest grant of the season is the $80,904 grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program, administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. This grant will support seven weeks of residency activities by the Colorado String Quartet.

During fall and winter residencies, the quartet will not only perform in Hancher, but also will participate in activities with Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine, the Unitarian-Universalist Society and Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City, the Lisbon Public Library, the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Iowa City Public Library. The fall residency will explore the connection between spirituality and music, and the winter residency will address the expression of identity in music and literature.

Hancher's programming is also supported by contributions from individuals and businesses through the UI Foundation. The Hancher Auditorium Enrichment Fund benefits the auditorium's endowment, while annual programming and educational activities are supported by the annual giving program known as Hancher Circle. Hancher's programming budget is not subsidized by appropriations from the Iowa Legislature.

For additional information on contributions through the UI Foundation, contact Victor Mashburn at (319) 335-3305, or write to him at the Alumni Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.