Hancher is a leader in positioning the arts at the center of campus life. Since receiving a Doris Duke Creative Campus Innovations Grant in 2007, Hancher has increased efforts to deepen engagement with academic partners across campus, leading to extended residencies with artists like Rinde Eckert, Martha Redbone, Kevin Spencer, Hoba Hoba Spirit, and Liz Lerman. These artists work with departments outside of the performing arts during their time on campus, using the arts as a way to bring scholarship to life.
Artists often visit classes, give public lectures, hold workshops, participate in panels, meet with faculty members, and show excerpts of their work during their time on campus. Many classes use performance attendance much like an assigned reading on their syllabus.
Top: Ragamala Dance works with UI Dance students in 2014
Bottom: Matt Ray (left) and Taylor Mac (center) talk to UI Theatre students, led by professor Kim Marra (right) in 2015
Photos by Whitney Marcella Wright and Miriam Alarcón Avila
Micah Ariel James