The University of Iowa

Lucky Plush at Horace Mann Elementary School, Las Cafeteras at City High School

Hancher works with school students in a variety of ways. We have a long standing relationship with the Iowa City Community School District as well as other public and private schools and home school groups around the region. Each year Hancher arranges for artists to do in-school assembly performances, visit classrooms, and for students to go on field trips to see performances. In the 2019-2020 season, Hancher will host student matinees by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Compagnia TPO, and Slingsby Theatre Company.

Hancher is the lead organization for the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child-Iowa City, which focuses on giving equal arts education access to students in grades K–8. Iowa City was selected in 2012 as the eighth Any Given Child site. The AGC advisory committee is continuing to develop a long-range plan for a rich arts education program for students in the district.

This spring, we are pleased to offer a number of virtual programs for elementary and junior high audiences. Experience performances by the dancers from Step Afrika!, the musicians from Third Coast Percussion, and the theatremakers from Childsplay!

Top: Lucky Plush Productions, assisted by UI Theatre graduate students, do a workshop at Horace Mann Elementary School.

Bottom: Las Cafeteras perform for a class of English Language Learners at City High School.

Photos by Miriam Alarcón Avila

For More Information: 

Micah Ariel James
Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement
(319) 335-0009
micahariel-james@uiowa.edu