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March 17, 2006

Museum Of Art To Host African Celebration As 2006 Family Day April 2

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host "Karimu: An African Celebration" from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2. The event, which will be the 2006 edition of the UIMA's annual "WOW!" Family Day, will feature performances, refreshments and a hands-on activity based thematically on African traditions in music, storytelling and the visual arts.

Admission to "Karimu" is free.

Family Day is the culmination of the UI Museum of Art's "Widen Our World" (WOW!) program that invites third-grade students from Iowa City and surrounding areas to take a tour of the UIMA and explore works of art at the museum with their class.

One focus of the tours this year is the new installation of works from the UIMA's extensive African collection, "Time and Space in African Art," which opened Jan. 27. It features more than 50 works of African Art, with particular emphasis on works from the central African country of Burkina Faso.

Activities during "Karimu: An African Celebration" will include African music, folk tales, puppet theater and food:

-- From noon until 1 p.m. "Beats from the Gold Coast," an African percussionist group made up of international UI students, will perform. This rhythmic and participatory group will engage the audience by inviting a few individuals to join in. The group will perform again at 1:30 p.m. in the Lasansky Room.

-- The Darwin T. Turner Action Theatre, a social outreach group of the UI Department of Theatre Arts that focuses on African-American dramatic literature, will perform stories by Malian artist/author Baba Wague Diakite at 1 p.m. and multicultural folk tales at 2:30 p.m. The nature of the performance is highly interactive and participatory.

-- Local favorites the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company will present "African Tales" at 3 p.m. Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre was founded in 1974 as a touring puppet troupe. Founding member Monica Leo was joined by Teri Jean Breitbach early in 1975, and the two have performed together since.

-- Refreshments featuring traditional African treats will be served, and hands-on activities inspired by the bogolan cloth-making process are featured throughout the day.

WOW! 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 different cultures the UIMA hopes to deepen children's appreciation of their own multi-cultural heritage.

WOW! is a collaboration between the UIMA and the Iowa City Community School District, with support from US Bank and Scheels All Sports.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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

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