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Feb. 15, 2010

Arts Share announces new partner for free concert series

Arts Share, the program for sharing the creative resources of the University of Iowa, kicks off its 2010 concert series with a new sponsor, the Community Foundation of Johnson County. The hour-long performances are free and open to the public. They are family-friendly and educational, featuring talks by the performers.

The first two performances in the Arts Share/Community Foundation of Johnson County Concert Series will be Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, March 7.

The Iowa Percussion Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Riverside Recital Hall, the former St. Thomas More Church on Riverside Drive in Iowa City. The event will be a "percussion safari" in which the performers track down percussion instruments in their natural habitat and learn about them.

The Dancers in Company will perform a mix of ballet, modern and hip-hop dance on at 3 p.m. March 7 in the Space/Place Theater in North Hall on the UI campus.

"It's wonderful to have a new concert series partner in the Community Foundation of Johnson County," said Arts Share Director Leslie Finer. "We are grateful for this fine organization's support. By working together, we continue the essential process of community building."

Mike Stoffregen, executive director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, said, "The community is blessed with an array of arts and cultural activities that lift and inspire the human spirit. Partnering with the University of Iowa Arts Share opens new opportunities for all to enjoy the university's creativity. The foundation is happy to sponsor family-friendly programming and build current and future audiences."

Arts Share continues UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), School of Art and Art History and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Its goal is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County has a simple mission: building an endowment for the greater community good. Those interested in becoming a Friend of the Foundation can learn more at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Leslie Finer, Arts Share, 319 335 1618,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,