Commission announces annual arts grants, awards

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The Idaho Commission on the Arts has announced its annual grants and awards for the 2018 fiscal year.

The grants, which total $487,000, were awarded to 102 organizations and schools spanning 29 communities throughout the state. Organizations and schools receiving grants will match their awards with locally-generated funds.

Executive Director Michael Faison thanked Idaho’s elected officials for their continued support for the commission’s statewide programs.

“Idaho thrives with arts organizations, arts programs, arts educators, and working artists in all disciplines,” he said. “Thanks to our elected representatives, the Idaho Commission on the Arts provides grants supporting arts participation and access to Idaho’s unique cultural heritage and artistic innovations, in every region our state.”

In announcing the grants, Idaho Commission on the Arts Chair Kay Hardy said, “The arts belong to all of us. In a democratic society we participate in activities that reflect our cultural traditions and visions for a common future, created by a diverse population. In awarding these annual grants, the Commission recognizes the excellence of individual artists, community-based organizations and school programs throughout Idaho. Such excellence is a defining characteristic of a civilized society in which we are all invited to participate.”

Arts Education Project Grants provide funding for activities that unite effective practices in education and in the arts, and that involve schools, artists, and community organizations. They support teaching and learning opportunities for pre-K through grade 12. Local Arts Education Project Grants were awarded to:

• Bonners Ferry High School, Boundary County School District No. 101, Bonners Ferry, $3,836

• Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, Inc., Sandpoint, $3,345

• Pend Oreille Arts Council, Inc., Sandpoint, $2,359

The commission also award Entry Track grants and Public Programs in the Arts grants, which provide stable, ongoing support for the arts programs delivered by Idaho’s professional arts organizations. Funding for these categories strengthens the state culturally and economically, while providing Idahoans with the invaluable experiences of performances, gallery exhibits, special events, and workshops in all disciplines. Successful applicants demonstrated exceptional artistic merit, clearly defined management, and the public value of their work.

Local Entry Track and Public Programs grants were awarded to:

• The Festival at Sandpoint, Inc., Sandpoint, $9,593

• Arts Alliance, Inc. (DBA: Creations for Sandpoint), Sandpoint, $3,017

• Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, Inc., Sandpoint, $4,468

In 1966, the elected representatives of the statewide community established the Idaho Commission on the Arts to stimulate and encourage throughout the state the study and presentation of the arts, and public interest and participation therein...and to encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression essential to the well-being of the arts. The Idaho Commission on the Arts endeavors to provide quality experiences in the arts for all Idahoans.


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