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University of Iowa News Release

June 15, 2004

UI/Lakes Art Center Collaboration Wins Humanities Iowa Grant

The collaboration of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium and the Lakes Art Center in Okoboji has attracted a $2,000 grant from Humanities Iowa for an educational event during the Iowa residency of jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (left). The grant will support an October 2004 "Roots of Jazz and Gospel Music" program in Spencer.

Held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, the event will be designed for senior citizens enrolled at Iowa Great Lakes Community College, and will also be open to the public.

Hancher Executive Director Charles Swanson, a member of the Lakes Art Center advisory board, is the project director, continuing a UI-Lakes Art Center collaboration that has included UI mentoring of organization and programming at the new northwest Iowa arts venue, and joint booking of a variety of performing artists during the Lakes Art Center's first two seasons.

The collaboration attracted grants from the Iowa Arts Council to support activities during both of those seasons.

During its residency, the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet will perform at both Hancher and the Lakes Art Center -- at Hancher Oct. 20 and at the Lakes Art Center Oct. 22. Spencer, where the educational activities will be held, is the largest town in the Okoboji area.

Gordon was an original member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has released five solo CDs and has been honored as the Jazz Journalists Association Trombonist of the Year.

A dedicated educator, Gordon is committed to broadening the public's knowledge of the relationships between jazz and church music. During the Humanities Iowa event, he will demonstrate these connections by playing excerpts from his CD "The Gospel Truth."

The Hancher-Lakes Art Center relationship has been funded, in part, by the Bud Pearson Arts Education Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation. The fund provides $20,000 annually to support joint programming. Pearson and Marvin Pomerantz have committed $100,000 each as part of a foundation initiative to permanently endow the collaborative relationship.

Humanities Iowa is the only non-profit organization in Iowa committed to bringing the humanities to life and to the public through interactive programming, publications and events. Humanities Iowa was founded in Iowa in 1971 and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C.

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