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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 3, 2004

UI Arts Share Program Is Now Scheduling 2004-2005 Events

Arts Share, the University of Iowa outreach program that sends faculty and graduate-students artists to schools and communities throughout the state, is now accepting scheduling requests for the 2004-2005 season.

A full-color brochure, including a scheduling request form, is available from the Arts Share office at 319-335-1618 or

Information about available programs and on-line forms are also available at the Arts Share website:

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.

To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The program also sponsors a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups from throughout the region.

The 2004-05 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

In conjunction with the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities, Arts Share is coordinating free readings in libraries throughout the state, featuring students from the UI's renowned Writers' Workshop.

An initiative of UI President David J. Skorton, the Year of the Arts and Humanities aims to raise the profile of the arts and humanities throughout the state of Iowa during the 2004-05 academic year. Projects and events will focus on the discoveries made by artists, writers, scholars and thinkers, and how they can provide meaning for people from every background, bridging differences, creating sustainable economies, and adding to the fabric of life. The Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported at the UI by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President for Research and the Graduate College.

Arts Share sponsors for 2004-05 include Alliant Energy Foundation, the Optimists and Target Stores. The program has also received funding from the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities.

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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,