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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 1, 2004

UI Arts Share Receives Iowa Arts Council Grant To Train Graduate Students

The University of Iowa Arts Share program, which provides the arts resources of the UI to communities and schools, has received an $1,100 grant from the Iowa Arts Council to create training workshops for its graduate-student artists.

In these "Arts Share Teaching Artist Workshops," faculty artists will train the student artists in the skills they need to lead their own workshops, conduct residencies and present educational performances.

"Artists at the UI are some of the best in the country, but often enter graduate school with little or no experience in sharing their craft through teaching, working with students and teachers, and developing as an artist who may eventually work as a professional teaching artist," explains Leslie Finer, director of Arts Share.

"The workshops will be taught by experienced UI faculty artists, and topics will include connection to the curriculum, marketing and business issues, tools for working with pre-kindergarten and elementary-age students, evaluating projects and student learning and building artist residencies.

"These artists will then go out to communities throughout Iowa, including many rural and diverse areas. The majority of these artists will serve children grades K-12, but workshops and performances are also coordinated at nursing homes and adult day care facilities, at pre-schools, and for community organizations. This process benefits everyone involved: Artists become experts; children and community members benefit from quality arts experiences; and schools and community organizations continue to recognize the value of teaching artists."

Iowa Arts Council awards mini-grants each month. "Mini-Grants are a small amount of funding that can go a long way toward helping underwrite the cost of planning and implementing a wide variety of arts projects and programs in Iowa's schools and communities," explains Anita Walker, Iowa Arts Council executive director.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,