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Release: Sept. 1, 1999

University of Iowa Arts Share program is now booking events for the 1999-2000 season

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Arts Share program -- the outreach program that makes UI artistic resources available to schools, arts councils, museums, churches, nursing homes and other civic groups in communities throughout Iowa and the surrounding region -- is now booking events on- and off-campus for the 1999-2000 season.

A free program guide and artist roster, including reservation and request forms, is now available from the Arts Share office, 1004 Voxman Music Building, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. Arts Share may be contacted by phone at 319-335-1618, or by e-mail at

The Arts Share roster includes approximately 100 faculty members, graduate students and ensembles in the visual arts, dance, creative writing, music and theater. The artists are available for a variety of performance and educational activities, including concerts, readings, master classes, clinics and workshops. Arts Share also develops programs specifically to meet the needs of individual community sponsors.

Among the many in-demand Arts Share ensembles are the Dancers in Company repertory ensemble from the dance department; Black Action Theatre from the department of theatre arts; and the Wizards! double reed ensemble, the UI Percussion Ensemble and the Johnson County Landmark jazz band from the School of Music.

Most Arts Share artists are available at minimal cost to community sponsors, and funds from corporate sponsors provide scholarship money for some Arts Share activities. Alliant-IES Industries and Target stores are corporate sponsors of Arts Share. Community non-profit sponsors may also qualify for financial assistance from the Iowa Arts Council.

In addition to sending artists to Iowa communities, Arts Share offers "Field Trip" opportunities on the UI campus in cooperation with UI academic departments, including theater performances, open rehearsals and musical concerts -- often with opportunities for auxiliary educational activities to enhance the experience.

Field Trip opportunities for 1999-2000 include productions of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Shakespeare's "The Tempest," and concerts by the UI Chamber Orchestra, Wizards!, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the UI Percussion Ensemble and Johnson County Landmark.