Associate Professor Loyce Arthur of the Department of Theatre Arts has received a $9,000 Community Impact Grant from the University of Iowa Provost's Office of Outreach and Engagement to support a partnership between the Dream Center, the University of Iowa, the Iowa City Police Department, and members of the Iowa City Southeast District community to develop a series of creative projects with at-risk children, young people, and their families. The grant will also enable the partners to plan and create arts activities and performances based on African American, African, and Caribbean arts and culture in Iowa.
Throughout the grant period, dance routines, costumes, and floats based on Black Iowa themes and stories will be created for the 2016 Iowa City Carnival Parade—a community engagement event that positively brings diverse people into the streets of the city to celebrate and interact with one another.
For more information and to learn how to participate in the projects, contact Professor Loyce Arthur.
The Dream Center in Iowa City works to strengthen and empower families and youth through support, advocacy, lifelong education, and community connections.
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