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Sept. 24, 2007

UI Arts Share program now scheduling events statewide for 2007-08

Arts Share, the University of Iowa outreach program that sends faculty and graduate-student artists to schools and communities throughout the state, is now scheduling events for the 2007-08 season.

A brochure that includes a scheduling request form is available from the Arts Share office at 319-335-1618 or at

Information about available programs and online 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 2007-08 Arts Share roster features nearly 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.

Just a few examples of Arts Share's major artists and ensembles:

-- Duarte Dance Works, the professional company of dance faculty member Armando Duarte;

-- Writers' Workshop faculty poet James Galvin;

-- the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble;

-- the World Percussion Ensemble;

-- Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the UI Dance Department;

-- faculty ensembles from the School of Music including the Iowa Brass Quintet, the Maia String Quartet, the Oddbar Jazz Ensemble and the Matisse Trio; and

-- the Darwin Turner Action Theatre.

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

Arts Share sponsors for 2007-08 include Alliant Energy Foundation, Humanities Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council, the Optimists and Target Stores.

Arts Share is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),