Four Idaho arts organization receive $10,000 NEA grants

Four Idaho arts organizations each received 2015 ArtWorks grants for $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, in McCall received $10,000: The grant actually went to Jeni Mahoney and Shelia McDevit’s id Theatre, Inc. that operates both in Idaho and New York. The two-week conference happens in McCall in June each year, bringing professional theater artists from Idaho and around the nation together to rehearse, workshop, read and develop new plays for the American theater. The theater has a specific interest in supporting rural playwrights, the mentorship of young artists and actively engaging the community in the creative process.

Boise Contemporary Theater received $10,000 to support its world premiere production of Mahoney’s “Fata Morgana.” The play tells the story of Tori and Jack, whose lives off the grid offer a welcome alternative until their niece Morgan shows up, pregnant and seeking sanctuary. The play will explore themes of legacy through children as well as our complex relationship with the landscape. The play will run Jan 28–Feb 21, 2015.

Boise Philharmonic received a $10,000 Challenge America grant to support a concert and related outreach and educational activities featuring saxophonist James Houlik, who will perform with the orchestra March 13-14. While in Idaho, Houlik will teach clinics and perform at high schools in Nampa and Caldwell and Northwest Nazarene University and College of Idaho.

The University of Idaho received a $10,000 Challenge America grant to support the printmaking exhibit “Attention to Detail.” The exhibit will present the work of five contemporary printmakers: James Bailey, Bev Beck-Glueckert, Timothy Chapman, John Ford, and Victoria Goro-Rapoport. The show will run Feb. 13 to April 11, 2015 at the Pritchard Art Gallery, 709 S. Deakin St., Moscow.