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U S WEST Foundation awards its largest Iowa arts grant to UI's Arts Share

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $28,500 grant from the U S WEST Foundation to the University of Iowa Foundation will fund a program to promote the arts in schools and communities throughout Iowa. The grant is the largest awarded in Iowa in the arts category by the U S WEST Foundation for 1997.

The "U S WEST Interact With Arts!" project will be coordinated by Arts Share, a UI program comprised of faculty and graduate students from the Schools of Art and Art History and Music, the dance and theater departments, and the Writers' Workshop. Arts Share sponsors clinics, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, performances, and other events for Iowa schools and communities. The 1997-98 Arts Share program schedule will be mailed this fall to schools and communities throughout Iowa.

The project consists of three components that focus on multicultural, technological, and cross-disciplinary learning:

-- Artists from Arts Share will visit schools in Burlington, Maquoketa, and Storm Lake, selected for their interest in and need for Arts Share resources. Artists and teachers will work together to ensure that the arts are integrated into the students' core curriculum. Educational materials will be developed for the presentations.

-- Four UI ensembles are available for performances in communities throughout the state. The groups are the Percussion Ensemble, the VocalEase Jazz Ensemble, Black Action Theater, and Dancers in Company. The U S WEST grant covers 50 percent of the ensembles' fees.

-- Arts Share and Hancher Auditorium will sponsor an Iowa Communications Network (ICN) broadcast of Samite, a Ugandan musician who plays the flute, percussion, and kalimba (thumb piano), in conjunction with his performance at Hancher Auditorium in March 1998.

"We are grateful to the U S WEST Foundation for this generous grant which benefits the entire state," said Diane Kenney Handler, Arts Share coordinator. "It will allow us to extend our program to many more Iowa communities."

Contact Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 for more information about "U S WEST Interact With Arts!" programs.

The U S WEST Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the country, investing more than $25 million annually in education, outreach to families and children, support for small businesses, and technology training. Most grants are in communities where U S WEST Communications provides telephone service.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni, friends, and corporations to provide resources for special programs, technology, professorships, scholarships, building renovations, equipment, and other forms of support for the UI.