Boise’s Department of Arts and History celebrates 20 years of grants

This round of Boise City Arts and History grants will help Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra bring renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine to Boise in March.
This round of Boise City Arts and History grants will help Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra bring renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine to Boise in March.

The Boise City Department of Arts and History announced its 2017 grants for Boise groups and celebrated the impact of the city’s grant program during its 20 years at a gathering on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

“Investment in arts and culture is a critical component in cultivating Boise as the country’s most livable city,” Mayor Bieter said. “These funds provide opportunities that are essential for people to create and connect with their community and each other.”

The grant program has grown significantly in the past 10 years. This year, the city granted $200,000 to 33 area arts groups in amounts that range from $1,000 to $10,000. The funds are for specific productions, educational outreach and/or general operating costs. Some of this year’s recipients include Boise Contemporary Theater, Ballet Idaho, Story Story Night, the Idaho Horror Film Festival, Idaho Writers Guild and Bogus Basin Ski Area.

Here are this year’s grants

▪  208 Ensemble received $5,000 for operational and production support for its 2016-2017 season.

▪  Ballet Idaho received $10,000 for its Learning through Dance education outreach and scholarship program.

▪  The Basque Museum & Cultural Center received $4,000 for Interpretive signage and educational materials for the historic Cyrus Jacobs Uberuaga Boardinghouse and Museum.

▪  Bogus Basin Recreational Association received $7,000 for a traveling exhibit and accompanying video celebrating Bogus Basin’s Ski Area’s 75th anniversary.

▪  Boise Baroque Orchestra received $5,000 for artistic and administrative support for its 2016-2017 season.

▪ Boise Contemporary Theater received $10,000 for general support for its 2016-2017 season and programs.

▪  Boise Gay Men’s Chorus received $5,000 for general support for its 2016-2017 seasons for its men’s and women’s choruses.

▪  Boise Philharmonic received $10,000 for its “Musicians in the Classroom” program that puts musicians in Boise School District second grade classrooms.

▪  Boise Rock School received $2,000 for music camp scholarships for refugees and under-served youth.

▪  Chris Copelin received $5,000 for “Two Quarters Collective” vending machine with hand-written letters stationed at Boise Public Library.

▪  Christian Winn received $5,000 to produce Storyfort, a four-day program during the Treefort Music Fest that is free to the public.

▪  Elizabeth Rodgers received $5,000 to produce a collaborative short narrative film set in Boise.

▪  Friends of MK Nature Center received $8,000 for mosaic art with interpretive signage at MK Nature Center.

▪  Ghosts & Projectors poetry reading series received $5,000 to support its 2016-2017 series.

▪  Global Lounge received $10,000 for its multicultural performances for free World Village event.

▪  Idaho Dance Theatre received $7,000 for its season performances with collaborative components and film production.

▪  Idaho Green Fest received $5,000 for artistic and performance components for its free community events.

▪  Idaho Horror Film Festival received $10,000 for a multifaceted film festival with educational programs for emerging filmmakers.

▪  Idaho Office for Refugees received $3,000 to produce World Refugee Day, a free community event with cultural performances, art and citizenship ceremony.

▪  Idaho Shakespeare Festival received $8,000 for its Access Program, educational and experiential opportunities for under-served audiences.

▪  Idaho Writers Guild received $3,000 for the Idaho Writers Conference that presents professional workshops, seminars, and access to agents and manuscript editors.

▪  Jordan Noël Hawkes received $6,000 to produce Filmfort year-round community workshops, screenings and discussions to support local filmmakers. Filmfort is part of the Treefort Music Fest.

▪  Kristin Hill received $4,000 for “Chiaroscurom,” an experiential multidiscipline, collaborative art installation.

▪  LED received $7,000 for its “This Way to Egress” performance combining dance, original live music and film.

▪  MING Studios received $5,000 to support artist Giuseppe Licari’s “Contrappunto,” a large-scale installation and exhibition related to mega fires.

▪  Mladi Behar Dance Company received $8,000 to produce its Sevdah Music Festival comprised of lecture, workshop and concert.

▪ Off Center Dance received $7,000 for its Spring 2017 performances inspired by Idaho landscapes and the four elements.

▪  Opera Idaho received $6,000 to produce Johan Strauss Jr.’s operetta “Die Fledermaus.”

▪  Preservation Idaho received $5,000 for its new website featuring cultural resources and educational offerings.

▪  Radio Boise received $5,000 to produce live in-studio programs and on-air recordings of local and visiting musicians, writers, and artists.

▪  Steven Cody Gittings received $5,000 to produce and present hi original film “Captain Marquad and the Misfits.”

▪  Story Story Night received $5,000 to support its 2016-2017 storytelling season in Boise.

▪  Wingtip Press received $5,000 to produce public printmaking workshops that will explore Downtown Boise’s historical and cultural diversity.