One of the things I love about Boise is ... it is made up of neighborhoods.
We used to have our neighbors sign up and set up a canopy in the Art in the Park and the neighborhood festivals and stop by their booths and buy the wonderful items they made.
We have discouraged our talented neighbors from selling their beautiful creations by raising the space from $100 to an unaffordable price ($300 -$750).
Then we charge them another $30 nonrefundable for the application fee, and judging fees.
Commercial space fees are $350 to $750.
Art in The Park/Hyde Park Festival lost the neighborhood craft person. Instead of having the local neighbors selling their hobbies, you have strangers from out of the neighborhood and from out of the state selling in Boise.
We are losing that neighborhood feel that is unique to the city of Boise.
I would like to see the Art in The Park run not by the Boise Art Museum but by the Parks and Recreation Department. This Art in the Park could have local artists selling their hobbies to their neighbors. And the canopy space could be, say, $100 for two days.
Sandraee Jensen, Boise