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UI Anticipating New Arts Facilities

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- If you took one look around the Macbride Hall auditorium Friday, you would see hands clapping, toes tapping, and an excited crowd marching around the room to the tune of 'When The Saints Go Marching In.'

You can see that memories of 2008 are just that - memories.

"It was five years ago today that we were doing something different on campus to say the least," UI president Sally Mason said.

Friday, however was all about the music and arts.

"It's been a journey, it's been fun, but we're looking forward to having that space, that home back again," said Chuck Swanson, executive director of the Hancher Auditorium.

3 new projects will bring the dormant arts campus back to life.

"The thing that I'm really looking forward to is being back on a regular basis," said Steve McGuire, a professor at the school of Art and Art History.

A new art and music building is set to house students and teachers who have been without a permanent home.

"If you were a tuba player and you have to go to six different locations on campus in February that can be very difficult," said David Gier, Director of the School of Music.
In addition, a new Hancher auditorium will take center stage.

"We're going on our sixth season now without a building, it's getting pretty wearing," Swanson said.

But it was a journey that they never gave up on.

"I myself have a tremendous amount of admiration for the resiliency, for the creativeness, for the adaptability of our staff and faculty and students," Gier said.

Now all roads lead to 2016, when the Hawks continue to turn away from the past and march into their long awaited future.
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