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UW Bus Brings Fine and Performing Arts to Wyoming

November 8, 2010
Band members posing in front of new bus
Members of the Western Thunder Marching Band join UW Department of Theatre and Dance students in welcoming the arrival of the new Fine Arts bus that will bring UW productions to venues throughout Wyoming and beyond. (UW Photo)

When University of Wyoming performers and artists come to your town, they'll now be riding in style.

A 58-passenger Motor Coach Industries bus is now designated as the Fine Arts bus that will extend UW cultural offering across Wyoming and beyond.

Oliver Walter, dean of the UW College of Arts and Sciences, says the vehicle strengthens UW's long-standing commitment to share its rich array of cultural assets.

"The addition of the Fine Arts bus will greatly expand our ability to take student and faculty productions from three departments-Art, Theatre/Dance and Music-around the state," Walter says. "Educationally, it is a wonderful opportunity for our students. Moreover, it will provide us with the ability to share with the state the great talents we have in these departments."

Janelle Fletcher-Kilmer, UW's director of fine arts outreach, knows full-well the impact that UW's performances have on audiences throughout the state.

"When we go on the road, people often express their appreciation for the opportunity to attend programs such as the UW symphony or our award-winning Theatre and Dance Department performances," Fletcher-Kilmer says. "Parents are grateful that their children are able to experience such quality performances in their own communities."

The bus was decorated at Wyoming Technical Institute with graphic art designed by UW's Institutional Marketing personnel with input from faculty in the fine and performing arts. When it's not being used for fine and performing arts functions, the bus is also available for use by student organizations such as the debate team, club sports teams and other campus units for statewide and regional travel.

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