Community Partner Spotlight: Hancher Auditorium
In Summer 2019, two graduate students (Mark Rheaume and Michael Davis) completed eight-week internships at
, as part of an opportunity to explore how their academic training might translate into a variety of professions and workplaces. Hancher Auditorium's Education Manager,
Micah Ariel James
shares a few details about the organization and its efforts to support the local community.
In the context of the internship, how would you define “public good”?
I think of “public good” as increasing accessibility to the arts and programming so that the general public has the opportunity to be part of conversations that are exciting and relevant. Since Michael Davis was actively working on how to reach out to students, it was a great chance to think about this actively.
If you could do ANY collaboration—any project or initiative—with the University of Iowa, what would it be?
I’m more and more interested in engaging with young audiences, specifically with teenagers. Hancher has already done some partnerships with G! World, the Dream Center, and UAY, but doing even deeper and longer collaborations would be great. I want to help teens not only learn about and experience the artists we have at Hancher and to see the arts in action, but also to experience...