WRITER: NICK DELO
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 12, 1999
Annual WOW program will bring third-grade students to the UI Museum
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 1,200 third-grade students from 22 local
schools will visit the University of Iowa Museum of Art in March and April
through the "Widen our World" (WOW!) enrichment program.
WOW! is a collaboration among the Museum of Art, the Iowa City Community
School District, Mercantile Bank, Knutson Construction Services and Cedar
River Paper Company. Participating students will come from Iowa City elementary
schools, as well as Regina Elementary, Willowind School, Lakeview Elementary
in Solon, Herbert Hoover Elementary in West Branch and Cedar Rapid's Johnson
School of the Arts.
Now in its ninth year, WOW! is intended to introduce students to art
and art museums as a life-long resource for learning and enjoyment. By
exposing children to art from many cultures, the museum hopes to deepen
the children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.
Emphasizing this year's theme, ART! AFRICA! WOW!, the program will focus
on artwork from "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection,"
an international exhibition of more than 200 objects, including masks,
figurines, ceramics, furniture and weapons, that will be on view at the
UI Museum of Art from March 27 through May 23.
Other exhibitions coinciding with this year's WOW! program include "Baba
Wague Diakite: African Folktales," an exhibition of vividly painted
color-tile illustrations from two children's book that Diakite created,
the exhibition "Monumentality in Miniature," which contains African
miniature sculptures, and other works from the museum's permanent collection.
Specially trained museum docents, along with City High docents, will
be on hand to take children, their teachers, school administrators, and
parent and Mercantile Bank volunteers on one-hour tours of the museum's
The groundwork for these tours was laid by a teacher training in-service
given in December by Christopher Roy, UI professor of African Art, and
Vicki Rovine, UI Museum of Art curator of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Schools participating in the WOW! program will receive an educational
packet, along with a video of Diakite telling African folktales, designed
to prepare teachers and students for their visit to the museum. In addition,
children will receive a follow-up activity book and a special memento on
the day of their tour.
Major WOW! Funding has been provided by Mercantile Bank, with additional
funding by Knutson Construction Services for Lakeview Elementary and Cedar
River Paper Company for the Johnson School of the Arts.
For further information about the WOW! Program, call Emily Vermillion,
curator of education at the UI Museum of Art at (319) 335-1730.