Thirty-seven individuals and organizations will receive grants totaling $158,000 to develop projects that reflect the capital city's 150th anniversary. The lion's share of that money, $60,000, went to five groups the Basque Museum, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Philharmonic, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Trey McIntyre Project for economic development projects.
The project types vary widely, from map and website creation to photography, to a docent tour and a wide variety of art exhibits.
Here's the complete list of grant-funded projects:
Ada Community Library | Read Me Presented by the Ada Community Library, this annual community reading project encourages Boise residents to a read a variety of perspectives of life in Boise over the last 150 years. Alayne Blickle | Horse Power: Celebrating 150 Years of Horses at Work in Boise Photographer and equestrian Alayne Blickle is working with a natural history interpretive designer to produce this exhibit detailing the importance of horses to Boises history. Alize Norman | Boise Fiber Map Alize Norman, a Boise fiber artist, is creating contoured map of current-day Boise with superimposed outlines of Boise city limits circa 1863, 1913, and 1963. Artisans 4 Hope | Story Quilt Project Photo Journal Artisans 4 Hope is assembling and publishing a photo journal that provides a permanent record of the Story Quilt Project, a collaboration between the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Artisans 4 Hope that was designed to elicit and save the stories of Boises recent refugees. Basque Museum & Cultural Center | The Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House Renovation The Basque Museum & Cultural Center in Boise is giving maintenance to its largest and most-prized artifact: this building, the residence of early Boise pioneer Cyrus Jacobs, built in 1864. Ben Kemper | Boise: Gem of the Mountains Boise storyteller Ben Kemper is researching, writing, and performing a series of stories about Boises cultural diversity and the enterprising individuals who made this city a home not just for themselves but for all their neighbors. Big Tree Arts | The Loud Writers Program Organized by Big Tree Arts, a nonprofit organization promoting performance poetry in Boise, this program seeks to cultivate a developing sense of community through student-driven exploration of Boises cultural identity. Bingo Barnes | Boises Past & Present A BOISE 150 Poster Project Boise letterpress artist Bingo Barnes is creating a series of one dozen posters recognizing Boises historical influences. The posters will be printed as limited edition artist prints and offered for sale to the public. Boise Baroque Orchestra | Boises Musical History The Boise Baroque Orchestra is to dedicate a concert to the role that classical music concerts have played in Boise's history. This concert will include a pre-concert lecture on the subject of music in Boise's history, including, among other things, a review of renowned artists who have performed here and what they played. Boise Contemporary Theater | BCT Theater 150 Boise Contemporary Theaters education program will be working with students age 12 to 18 to write and produce a full length play that addresses Boises unique place in time and space using excerpts from interviews, creative nonfiction, student writing, and historical research. Boise Philharmonic | Sacred Land A Tribute to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes As part of the Boise Philharmonics observance of Boises sesquicentennial, the orchestra commissioned a new work from Boise based composer Jim Cockey. Sacred Land was performed in November 2012. The piece pays tribute to the people who lived in the Boise area for millennia before the arrival of Boises settlers. Bown House Committee | Boise History Timeline Project The Bown House, the Boise School Districts centerpiece of its heritage education program, is developing a comprehensive history timeline of Boise that will be made available to third and fourth grade students throughout the school district.6 Burns Studio | Boise by Burns Burns Studio, one of Boises oldest businesses, has a collection of sixty thousand negatives of historic Boise images from 1917 to the present day. In commemoration of BOISE 150, Burns Studio is producing an exhibition of thirty photos to be displayed in public places around Boise during 2013. The Childrens Home Society of Idaho | Historic Records Preservation The Childrens Home Society of Idaho, a Boise nonprofit counseling center for children and families, is creating an oral/visual history display featuring some of the most compelling stories from the societys 104 year history. Enso Artspace | Guest Artist Exhibitions In support of the BOISE 150 themes of community and enterprise, Enso Artspace presents its Guest Artist Program. Enso Artspace has two open exhibition slots for the 2013 calendar year that will be offered to nonmember Boise artists. Friends of the Bishops House | Victorian Boise at the Bishops House This event invites Boiseans of all ages to a free public event to be held in The Bishops House and Gardens, on a Saturday afternoon in summer or fall 2013. The Bishops House will be open to the public for tours, with special appearances by several historic figures, portrayed by local re-enactors. Friends of the Historical Museum | Dia de los Muertos This annual event, which took place in November 2012 and is organized by the Idaho State Historical Museum, incorporated a community altar and traditional cemetery ceremony tied to the Boise pioneer Jesus Urquides. Global Lounge Group | World Village for BOISE 150 Occurring during the citys anniversary celebration on July 7 2013, this event is a gathering of multi-national community members hosting booths to facilitate informative and cultural arts education interactions with the public. Green Chutes & Whorled Traveler Design | Boise Plein Air Art Competition To help celebrate Boise and the artistic community in its 150th year, Green Chutes and Whorled Traveler Design are pleased to present the 2013 Boise Plein Air Arts Competition. This three day event spanning July 5th through July 7th of 2013 brings local and Northwest artists together to showcase their talents "plein air," painting and drawing our beautiful city out in the open before the public. Idaho Human Rights Education Center | Mural Project Celebrating ten years of community impact, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is working with a local artist and students to reinterpret a mural that is currently present near the Memorial. Idaho Writers Guild | Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous: Visualizing BOISE 150 The Idaho Writers Guild is offering writers a chance to work with either a photographer or videographer and compete in a BOISE 150-themed contest during the second annual Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous. Work that best captures the BOISE 150 themes is to be displayed during, and after, the conference. Jane Rohling | Boise River Trail Interpretive Web Site Interpretive specialist Jane Rohling is creating a mobile web site, to be accessed through smart phones, that provides Boise River Trail users with interpretive media along GPS-coordinated sites. Julia Davis Park Coalition | The Julia Davis Park Docent Tour The Julia Davis Park Coalition Docent Tour focuses on Tom Davis, Boises first entrepreneur, and Julia Davis, who brought to Boise methods of city beautification from the 1893 Worlds Fair. Junior League of Boise | Junior League of Boises 85th Anniversary Historical Exhibit In conjunction with its 85th anniversary and BOISE 150, the Junior League of Boise presents an exhibit focusing on its history as a non-profit organization of women committed to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Marguerite Lawrence | Boise: Its History, People, and Places Composer Marguerite Lawrence is producing her childrens musical, Boise: Its History, People and Places. The one-act performance, which is written as an historical chronology and modern-day tribute to Boise, is to be presented in April 2013 by students from Morley Nelson Elementary school. Melanie Flitton Folwell | Boise Portraits Boise photographer Melanie Flitton Folwell is producing a portrait series of modern Boiseans using a vintage Speed Graphic camera throughout 2013. The black and white photographs tell the story of Boise at 150, through the literal and figurative lens of Boise long ago. Opera Idaho | Susannah Opera Idaho is to produce Carlisle Floyds opera Susannah, a metaphor for McCarthyism, as part of its Made in the USA Series. Opera Idaho will explore a connection between the operas subject matter the anti-homosexual frenzy (commonly referred to as ―The Boys of Boise‖) that gripped Boise and destroyed lives and reputations in 1955, the same year as the operas premiere. Preservation Idaho | Historic Boise Buildings The Boise Architecture Project, in support of the Preservation Idaho Education Committee, is working on a project that provides a decade by decade look at Boises buildings through research and presentation. Retroscope Media | View From a Pedal Buggy Produced by Boise filmmaker Zach Voss, this documentary tells the story of local craftsman and entrepreneur Gregory Allen. Allen is well known around Boise for his fleet of homemade, pedal-powered, electric-hybrid tricycles. Sarah Whelan | Boise School District High School Art Contest Organized by Boise High School student Sarah Whelan, this art contest seeks to connect Boise teens to their community and city. It also provide them with the opportunity to explore, through art, what being a Boisean means to them. Shoshone-Bannock Culture Committee | Return of the Boise Valley People The Shoshone-Bannock Culture Committee is hosting a gathering of the original inhabitants of the Boise Valley. The Burns-Paiute, Shoshone-Paiute, Fort McDermott Paiute, Warm Springs Paiute and Shoshone-Bannock tribes are all invited to share their history with the public. Studio Maelstrom | A Birds Eye View of Boises First 150 Years Boise artist Byron Folwell is constructing, presenting, and exhibiting a piece of artistic cartography depicting Boises changing landscape over the citys first 150 years. Treasure Valley Artists Alliance Exhibition | Local Color Exhibit Catalogue This exhibition is to feature work by member artists of the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance that is specifically about Boise. The exhibitions accompanying catalog will feature essays by the artists, reflecting on their works relationship to Boise and BOISE 150. Veterans Park Neighborhood Association | Historical West End Walking Trail The Veterans Park Neighborhood Association is hiring a professional historian to conduct research and produce an interpretive walking guide, made available to the public in a digital format on the web. Wingtip Press | Women of Boise Print Exchange Portfolio Wingtip Press, a Boise based community printmaking studio and workshop, is organizing an exhibition featuring 12 professional female artists that will focus on the lives of 12 women from Boises history.