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Art in Public Places: On the Thursday, November 12 edition of The Iowa Journal

November 9, 2009

 (Johnston, Iowa) –(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will take a look at the emergence of new public art in Iowa including the state’s newest sculpture park, which is in downtown Des Moines, and will feature a discussion with some experts about why art matters. This program airs Thursday, November 12 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV and Saturday, November 14 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal. 

In September, a 4.4 acre sculpture park was unveiled in downtown Des Moines with 24 sculptures donated by a philanthropic couple, Mary and John Pappajohn. The project was a collaborative effort of the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center and numerous corporate and private funders.

There are many displays of art in public places throughout Iowa, including a major community-driven public art master project in Council Bluffs. Who determines what art is displayed in public areas? How it is funded? And what is the role of art in society? In the studio to discuss these question will be J. Todd Graham, president and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation and Iowa West Public Art in Council Bluffs; Porter Arneill, director/public art administrator of the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission; and Sarah Grant, artist and founder of Sticks, Inc. which produces object art and furniture in Des Moines. Sticks work is on display in many places, including Blank Children's Hospital, Iowa State University and the Hotel Pattee in Perry.

This episode will also see how the trip went for 350 World War II veterans from Iowa who were flown to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
November 9, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
tonya@iptv.org
(515) 725-9705

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