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Three Idaho arts groups receive National Endowment for the Arts grants

Roger Shimomura’s “American Infamy No. 2,” acrylic on canvas (2006), is one of the pieces that will be part of “Minidoka: Artist as Witness,” at the Boise Art Museum in 2016.
Roger Shimomura’s “American Infamy No. 2,” acrylic on canvas (2006), is one of the pieces that will be part of “Minidoka: Artist as Witness,” at the Boise Art Museum in 2016.

The National Endowment for the Arts 2016 Fall Grants gave out $27.6 million in funding to arts groups across the country, including three in Idaho.

▪  The Boise Art Museum received $30,000 for a collaboration with Imagine Your Parks, an NEA initiative created in tandem with the National Parks Service to celebrate the service’s centennial in 2016. BAM will create an installation related to the Minidoka National Historic Site. An area in South Central Idaho that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibit will feature artists who have a personal connection with Minidoka, such as Kenjiro Nomura (1896-1956), Teresa Tamura (b. 1960) and Roger Shimomura (b. 1939), who were incarcerated there.

“Minidoka: Artist as Witness” will run Oct. 8, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017 at BAM, 670 Julia Davis Drive. The museum also will collaborate on a Civil Liberties Symposium with Boise State University (date TBD).

▪  The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, received $15,000 for its Imagine Your Parks exhibit that allows contemporary artists to explore Craters of the Moon National Monument. The exhibition portion will feature photographs by Binh Danh, paintings by Cindy Tower and a sound installation by Charles Lindsay at The Center, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum. Plus, site-specific, large-scale sculptures by John Grade and Jason Middlebrook will be installed at Craters of the Moon.

“Craters of the Moon” will run May 20 to July 30, 2016. The sculptures at Craters will be at the park until fall 2016, when they will be installed in Ketchum.

▪  McCall’s id Theatre received $10,000 for its Seven Devils Playwrights Conference that happens in McCall during June and July. Playwrights and other theater artists from Idaho and around the nation meet, discuss, rehearse, workshop, read and perform new plays for the American stage. Emerging playwrights are mentored by established playwrights. The conference also supports student theater artists and playwrights in McCall-Donnelly Joint School District.

To learn more and read the full list of grants by state, click here.

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