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July 23, 2010

Hancher awarded $20,000 Creative Campus Sustaining Strategies Grant

The University of Iowa's Hancher has received a $20,000 Creative Campus Sustaining Strategies Grant. The grant was awarded by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program. Funding support for the program comes from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The grant supports Hancher's efforts to build on the successes of "Eye Piece," an ambitious cross-campus collaboration that resulted in the 2010 world premiere of a play written by UI alumnus Rinde Eckert featuring the playwright and a cast of UI students. The "Eye Piece," project was funded by the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program.

Hancher will develop new strategies to engage academic departments and to enrich the educational experiences of students. One of the key features of the project is a partnership with the UI Center for Teaching to present a faculty workshop focusing on integrating the performing arts more fully into the UI's academic environment.

"Eye Piece" included partners from a wide array of UI departments, demonstrating the many ways the arts can interact with academic pursuits. The faculty workshop funded by the current grant will be designed to encourage further creative thinking about -— and execution of -- such wide-ranging collaborations.

Founded in 1957, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters or APAP) is the national service organization for the field of arts presenting. The organization is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work in it. Arts Presenters has nearly 2,000 organizational members and brings nearly 4,000 performing arts professional together from around the world at the annual APAP Conference NYC. Members range from the nation's leading performing arts centers, to civic and university performance facilities, to the full spectrum of artist agencies, managers, national consulting practices that service the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, wildlife conservation, medical research, and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s Properties. Established in 1996, the foundation supports four national grant-making programs in the areas described above. It also oversees three properties that were owned by Doris Duke in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island.

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