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Release: Feb. 5, 2001

UI Arts Share receives Iowa Arts Council grant for spring 2001 creative writing project

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Arts Share outreach program at the University of Iowa has received a $6,728 grant from the Iowa Arts Council for "Cultivating Creative Writing -- An Iowa Tradition," a series of spring literary residencies in West Liberty, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo schools.

The events will feature two UI Writers’ Workshop faculty members -- Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell and fiction writer Chris Offutt -- as well as graduate students from the Writers’ Workshop.

The jumping-off point for the events is the status of the Writers’ Workshop as the world’s oldest and most influential creative writing degree program, which has helped the University of Iowa and Iowa City gain an international reputation as a Mecca for writers, and has made the name "Iowa" synonymous with writing. The residencies will aim to promote interest in creative writing and encourage life-long learning in the literary arts.

Funds provided by the Alliant Energy Foundation will supplement the Iowa Arts Council grant in implementing the "Cultivating Creative Writing" project.

The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2000 Arts Share roster includes more than 70 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <>.

A free Arts Share program guide including artist roster is available at the Arts Share office, 2077 Voxman Music Building, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <>.