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UI Museum of Art will host WOW Family Day March 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host the seventh annual Widen Our World (WOW) Family Day, an afternoon of free music, videos, stories and other activities for children and their families, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 9.

Various art activities will take place throughout the afternoon, related to current museum exhibitions including "The WoodblockPrints of Ichiyushai Kuniyoshi: Samurai Stories" and "Philip Guston: Working Through the Forties." Activities will include the making of newspaper hats and origami samurai helmets.

Museum docents will be on hand all afternoon to serve as gallery hosts, and activity booklets will be available for self-guided tours.

A video of the completion of "Just Us What Past Before Us," the mural designed by Karl Wirsum for the UI Field House, will be shown throughout the afternoon. Another video, "Peachboy," will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, this Japanese folk tale tells of two peasants who discover a boy living in a giant peach.

Many other events complete the afternoon's schedule:

-- 1 p.m.: The West High String Quartet will perform in the Sculpture Court.

-- 1:30 p.m.: Story-teller Perry Ross, the principal at Longfellow School in Iowa City, will perform.

-- 2 p.m.: The City High Jazz Ensemble will perform in the Sculpture Court.

-- 2:30 p.m.: Master story-teller Reid Miller will tell folk tales. Miller, from Blue Mounds, Wis., is the founder of the Prairie Tale Theater Company.

-- 3 p.m.: African Music and Drums, featuring Oduntan Bode and Modei Akyea, will play traditional African folk music.

-- 3:30 p.m.: The video "The Boy Who Drew Cats" will be shown. Actor William Hurt narrates this story of a young Japanese boy who sets off into the countryside, which is ravaged by a demon.

-- 4 p.m.: There will be a drawing for prizes.

Cookies and punch will be served throughout Family Day activities.

WOW Family Day is offered as part of the museum's WOW program, which brings hundreds of local elementary school children to the Museum of Art in order to introduce them to art and art museums as life-long resources for learning and enjoyment.

Major funding for WOW is provided by First National Bank of Iowa City, with additional funding provided by Mid-America Construction.

For further information about WOW, call the UI Museum of Art at (319) 335-1727.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, just north of the museum.