WRITER: NICK DELO
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Mercantile Bank sponsors West Branch Hoover Elementary for WOW! program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mercantile Bank of Iowa City has recently added West
Branch's Hoover Elementary to the roster of schools participating in the
University of Iowa Museum of Art's annual Widen Our World (WOW!) enrichment
Now in its ninth year, WOW! is intended to introduce third-grade art
students to art and the museum as a life-long resource for learning and
enjoyment. Emphasizing the theme ART! AFRICA! WOW!, this year's program
-- taking place during March and April, 1999 -- will focus on artwork from
"Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Collection," an international
traveling exhibition of more than 240 objects that will be on view at the
Museum of Art March 27 through May 23, 1999.
Works from the exhibition will be used to expose students to the artwork
of another culture, while enhancing their awareness and appreciation of
their own multi-cultural heritage.
Specially trained museum docents will be on hand to take the children,
their teachers, school administrators, and parents and Mercantile Bank
volunteers on one hour tours of the museum's current exhibitions.
WOW! is a collaboration of the UI Museum of Art, the Iowa City School
District, Mercantile Bank and Knutson Construction Services, Inc. Participating
students come from the Iowa City elementary schools, West Branch's Hoover
Elementary, Regina Elementary and Willowwind School in Iowa City, and Lakeview
Elementary in Solon.
Major WOW! funding has been provided by Mercantile Bank for student
transportation, teacher training programs, WOW! Family Day events, publication
of educational materials, a WOW! video and special mementos to be given
to the students on the day of their museum visit. Knutson Mid-American
Construction Services, Inc., fund participation of Lakeview Elementary.
Jodi Deike, public relations and event coordinator at Mercantile Bank,
said, "Mercantile has always been a part of the WOW! program. We find
it a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about art and culture
and to experience all that the UI Museum of Art has to offer. The museum
has always done a wonderful job making this program a complete success
and we are proud to be a part of it."