Community Impact Grant helps Theatre Arts work with the Dream Center and Iowa City Police

Monday, November 2, 2015

At the Latino Festival, Ottumwa, Iowa

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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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.