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Eighth annual WOW Family Day at the UI Museum of Art will be April 19

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host the eighth annual Widen Our World (WOW) Family Day from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 19. Designed for participants of all ages, the event will provide an afternoon of family entertainment and will be open to the public free of charge.

Family Day is the culmination of the museum's WOW program, which brings third-grade students from the Iowa City area into the museum. This year, more than 900 students from 20 local schools visited the UI Museum of Art through the WOW program.

This year's WOW Family Day coincides with the museum's international exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting" and includes many events and programs that share the fairy theme.

-- More than 65 students from the Preucil School of Music, under the direction of

Rachel Taylor, will perform an extensive program of fairy songs throughout the afternoon.

-- Jim Hauer, a magician in Victorian garb, will perform tricks and illusions throughout the afternoon.

-- Award winning singer/songwriter Elaine Silver will be the event's "fairy folksinger," performing in the Sculpture Court at 2 p.m. Silver, a recipient of the Garden State Music Award for Outstanding Folk Performer, recently recorded "Faeries, Dreams and Other Friends," an album of fairy songs for children.

-- Judith the Storyteller from Strawhat Productions will tell original stories about fairies in the galleries throughout the afternoon.

The afternoon will also include a drawing for prizes, distribution of activity booklets for children and self-guided tours of "Victorian Fairy Painting." Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Emily Vermillion, curator of education for the UI Museum of Art and organizer of the event, commented: "We welcome the entire community to what will certainly be an enjoyable afternoon."

Now in its eighth year, WOW is intended to introduce students to art and art museums as life-long resources for learning and enjoyment. By exposing the children to art from many cultures, the museum also hopes to deepen the children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.

WOW is a collaboration of the Museum of Art, the Iowa City Community School District, First National Bank and Knutson Mid-America Construction, Inc. Participating students come from Iowa City elementary schools, as well as Regina Elementary, Willowwind School and Lakeview Elementary in Solon.