CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 7, 2000
WOW! Family Day will be held at the UI Museum of Art April 16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The tenth-annual Widen Our World (WOW!) Family Day, a
fun-filled afternoon of art, visiting artists, African drums, storytelling,
prizes and hands-on activities for the entire family, will be held at the
University of Iowa Museum of Art from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Designed
for participants of all ages, the event will be open to the public free of
Family Day is the culmination of the museums WOW! program, which brings
third-grade students from the Iowa City area into the museum. This year, more
than 1,200 students from 22 local schools visited the UI Museum of Art through
the WOW! program.
The WOW! program celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Emphasizing this years theme, "People! Places! Art! WOW!,"
the days events will focus on artwork from current exhibitions at the
museum: "Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan in Mali and
Abroad," an exhibition of more than 80 African fabrics and fashions,
and "Siah Armajani," which shows models of bridge designs created
by the artist, including the model for the "Bridge for Iowa" that
spans Dubuque St. and links the new and old biology buildings.
Family Day events scheduled during the afternoon are:
-- at 1 p.m., African stories told by Baba Wague Diakite, prize-winning author,
artist and story teller;
-- at 2 p.m., a performance by City High School string ensembles directed
by Candace Wiebener; and
-- at 3 p.m. African drums, drama and dance by Olabayo Olaniyi, Nigerian
artist and performer.
Four visiting artists from Mali, West Africa, will be on hand throughout
the afternoon to give demonstrations of mudcoth, the fabric that is featured
in "Renewing Tradition." The museums hands-on activity room
will feature "Building Bridges and Making Mudcloth" and give families
the opportunity to create their own bridge models and mudcloth designs.
In addition, a video on the "Bridge for Iowa" by Siah Armajani
will be played throughout the afternoon. Families will have the opportunity
to interact with a CD ROM titled "Right Where you Left It" by UI
Professor Franklin Miller that shows a form of panoramic computer art.
Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours. Cookies, cake, and punch
will be available to all.
The WOW! program 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 childrens appreciation
of their own multi-cultural heritage.
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 come from Iowa City elementary
schools, as well as Regina Elementary, Willowwind School, Lakeview Elementary
in Solon, Herbert Hoover Elementary in West Branch and Cedar Rapids
Johnson School of the Arts.
For further information concerning WOW! Family Day, call Emily Vermillion,
curator of education at the UI Museum of Art, at (319) 335-1730.
The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Admission
is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from
the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.