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HONDA OF AMERICA FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH KING ARTS COMPLEX

 HONDA OF AMERICA FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH KING ARTS COMPLEX
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda of America Mfg. (HAM) today announced a three-year partnership with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts complex to promote its cultural activities and exhibits.
 For the next three years, HAM will donate $50,000 annually as the Game Sponsor of the Capital City Classic, the largest fund-raising event of The King Arts Complex.
 The Capital City Classic is an annual football game in which two historically black college teams compete as the main event among a number of weekend activities to raise money for The King Arts Complex.
 "The King Arts Complex is a vital resource for the central Ohio community," said Don English, assistant vice president of HAM for human resources. "As a multicultural, international company, Honda of America Manufacturing believes in supporting other multicultural resources which add strength and cultural diversity to the community."
 As a community-based, non-profit organization, The King Arts Complex operates on funds received from grants, donations, facility rentals, class fees and fund-raising activities. Since its opening in 1987, the complex has presented more than 60 programs and exhibitions as well as regularly scheduled classes in crafts, music, visual arts, dance and creative health awareness.
 "Honda's sponsorship is unique because Honda is serving as an active partner in making The King Arts Complex a success," said Barbara Nicholson, executive director of The King Arts Complex. "Honda is not just providing funds to support our programs. The company is also providing associates' time and efforts, which demonstrates a real commitment to the King Arts Complex and to the community at large."
 Vince Mason, staff associate in HAM's Information Services department, said, "Honda's support of the King Arts Complex demonstrates a commitment toward the development of artistic programming that is creative and innovative, two characteristics of Honda that inspire me every day in my work." Mason directed the play "Homecoming" by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author August Wilson at the King Arts Complex in April.
 Colista Woodson-Levey, coordinator in HAM's purchasing department, said, "I believe this pairing of Honda and The King Arts Complex will be the brick and mortar to form a strong, culturally diverse team. Honda's partnership with The King Arts Complex is consistent with its overall approach to community involvement, which is to understand and then blend with local cultures while contributing our own resources to improve the community." Woodson-Levey is currently volunteering her time to enhance computer operations at The King Arts Complex.
 Honda of America Mfg. is a principle sponsor of the "World of Difference" program which builds respect for cultural diversity in central Ohio. Honda of America is also a member of the Columbus Urban League, provides scholarships to the "I Know I Can" program for Columbus high school students, and supports the UNCF scholarship program. Don English is a member of the advisory board of the College of Business at Central State University and a member of the Columbus Urban League board of trustees.
 The Capital City Classic IV will feature the Central State University Marauders of Wilberforce, Ohio and the Texas Southern University Tigers from Houston. These teams were chosen because of their large alumni population throughout the South and Midwest and their outstanding athletic records.
 Similar games in Atlanta, New Orleans and Indianapolis have gained local and national corporate support. As a result, these games have grown into major regional attractions with crowds approaching well over 50,000 spectators and generating more than $7 million in revenue for these cities.
 The Mighty Marauders will meet the Raging Tigers at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Cooper Stadium. The game will highlight an entire weekend of events celebrating the special cultural flavor African-Americans have brought to traditional college football pageantry.
 FACTS ABOUT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
 PERFORMING AND CULTURAL ARTS COMPLEX
 -- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex
 provides facilities and programs designed to showcase and
 increase awareness of the contributions made by African-Americans
 through the arts.
 -- Created as a living tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King,
 Jr., The King Arts Complex opened in 1987 in the restored Pythian
 Theatre on Mt. Vernon Avenue.
 -- In 1989, The King Arts Complex Artists' Co-op was established at
 the site of the old Garfield Elementary School. Now referred to
 as the West Wing, the Co-op houses studios for artists-in-
 residence and serves as the site of performing and cultural arts
 classes taught in four nine-week sessions each year. Classes are
 offered in crafts, music, visual arts, dance and creative health
 awareness.
 -- The King Arts Complex is the largest provider of children's
 programs that focus on African-American art and culture. The
 Complex has presented more than 150 events attended by more than
 50,000 children including:
 -- The Cultural Arts Camp. More than 55 children, ages eight to
 12, attended the first Cultural Arts Camp, held in the
 summer of 1991. This annual day camp focuses on African-
 American culture in music, visual art, dance and literature.
 -- MLK Institute for the Arts. The Institute offers educational
 opportunities for arts students from the Columbus Public School
 system. Through a partnership with The Ohio State University,
 graduate arts students teach children music, dance, theatre,
 visual arts, painting, crafts, sculpture and design.
 -- Upcoming exhibits/events at the King Arts Complex include:
 -- Family Film Series. From September through December, the
 series will present a monthly film promoting positive images of
 African-Americans to encourage discussion among family members.
 Film selections feature African-American actors and film makers
 and include Brother Future and Learning Tree.
 -- Songs Of My People. This international exhibition features the
 work of 50 prominent African-American photojournalists,
 including four Pulitzer Prize winners. The exhibit is part of
 a multi-faceted project that includes a book and an HBO
 special. The Complex will host a book signing session with one
 of these featured photojournalists, Sharon Farmer. Columbus is
 the only city in Ohio that will feature the exhibit in 1992.
 -- Funding for the King Arts Complex is generated through facility
 rental and class fees, public contributions, foundations'
 support, corporate sponsorship, individual donations and
 volunteer fund-raising activities.
 FACTS ABOUT THE CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC IV
 -- The Capital City Classic is an annual football game in which two
 historically black college teams compete as the main event among
 a number of weekend activities to raise money for The Martin
 Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex.
 -- Featured this year are the Central State University Marauders
 from Wilberforce, Ohio and the Texas Southern University Tigers
 from Houston, who will meet at Cooper Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on
 Sept. 26.
 -- Similar games in other major cities have grown into major
 regional attractions with crowds approaching well over 50,000
 spectators and generating more than $7 million in revenue for
 these cities. General admission tickets for the game are $12 and
 $16; reserved seats in the grandstand are $18.
 -- The game will highlight an entire weekend of events celebrating
 the special cultural flavor African-Americans have brought to
 traditional college football pageantry. Activities will include:
 September 25
 -- noon - 2:30 p.m. -- Coaches Luncheon
 -- 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Downtown Parade
 -- 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. -- President's Reception
 -- 9:00 p.m. -- Dance and Greek Step Show
 -- 9:00 p.m. -- Jazz Set featuring the Hank Marr Trio
 and Jeanette Williams
 -- 9:00 p.m. -- Shriner's Blues Classic
 -- 9:00 p.m. -- "Oldies but Goodies" Poolside Dance
 September 26
 -- 11:00 a.m. -- Tailgate Party
 -- 1:30 p.m. -- Marauders vs. Tigers Game and
 Battle of the Schools' Marching Bands
 -- 7:30 p.m. -- Dinner/Fashion Show and Dance
 -- 9:00 p.m. -- Poolside '80s & '90s Dance
 September 27
 -- 10:45 a.m. -- Worship Service
 -- 4:00 p.m. -- Gospel Classic
 -- Honda of America Mfg. is the Game Sponsor of the Capital City
 Classic IV -- The King Complex's largest single fund-raising
 effort.
 -- For more information about the Capital City Classic IV, contact John Pace, 614-291-3093.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Lambert of Honda of Amercia Mfg., 513-644-7714; or Barbara Nicholson of the King Arts Complex, 614-252-5464/ CO: Honda of America Mfg.; King Arts Complex ST: Ohio IN: AUT ENT SU:


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