Celebrate the 2015 recipients of the Mayor’s Awards in Arts and History at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Boise Depot, 2603 W. Eastover Terrace, Boise. Mayor Dave Bieter will hand out the biennial awards to individuals and organizations that help make Boise culturally vibrant, with the help of the Department of Arts and History.
THE MAYOR’S AWARDS IN ARTS AND HISTORY 2015 RECIPIENTS
Excellence in Arts
Ming Studios, 420 S. 6th St., Boise, opened its doors to international and local artists just over a year ago. Since then it has become a hub for visual and performing arts, including dance, music and film. Founder Jason Morales envisioned it as an international artists residency. Since it opened in May 2014, artists from Germany, Spain, Holland and the Basque Country have spent time creating there. When it’s empty it becomes a venue for the local arts community.
Excellence in Art Education
Composer and retired Boise Schools music teacher Marguerite Lawrence.
Excellence in the Field of History
Boise State University professor of Latin American history Errol Jones.
Support of the Arts
Fine art collectors Driek and Michael Zirinsky have acquired one of the most extensive collection of contemporary art in the region. Much of their collection was on display at the Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute gallery in the Yanke Family Research Park in 2014. Read a story about the Zirinsky’s collection here.
Business Support of Culture
The Modern Hotel & Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise produces one of the largest and coolest arts event in the city for the past seven years with its Modern Art event on the First Thursday in May. The staff also produces events such as Campfire Stories, a monthly reading series for local and regional authors and music in its courtyard patio.
Artist John Collias chronicled the Treasure Valley for decades through the faces of its people for the Idaho Statesman’s “Distinguished Citizen” feature that ran from the 1950s into the 1990s. A prolific, diverse and technically skilled artist, Collias also was as a work-a-day artist, making a living between private and commercial commissions. Learn more about John Collias and his art here.