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Iowa Arts Council gives grant to UNI's Arts in April Festival

February 20, 2003

Michelle Coleman, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Arts Council has given the University of Northern Iowa a $3,700 grant for the Arts in April Festival, a daylong event Saturday, March 29, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The festival is a prelude to UNI's monthlong Arts in April celebration of arts and culture.

The festival, designed to be 'free, fun and family-friendly,' will open at 10:30 a.m. and run into the evening. It will feature workshops and performances, designed for all ages, including theatre, music, dance, literature and the culinary and visual arts. In addition to a variety of free activities, there will be two ticketed events, a performance by UNI's International Dance Theatre and a Greg Brown benefit for KUNI Radio.

'In this time of tight budgets, for both the university and the Iowa Arts Council, this grant represents a vote of confidence for a new project,' said Cheryl Gaston, UNI assistant vice president for marketing and public relations.

Though this is the first year for a daylong festival, it is the third year for the monthlong event. Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities. A complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at

The Arts in April Festival is supported in part by The Iowa Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities; KUNI Radio; and, KWWL-TV.