Funding Cultural Initiatives Since 1997

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Funding Cultural Initiatives Since 1997
By Amy Fackler, Cultural Programs Manager

The Boise City Department of Arts & History (Arts & History) operates a grant program with annual disbursements to local individuals and organizations. Although the fund amount and specific mechanisms to evaluate grants have evolved since the program began in 1997, the fundamental purpose has endured: to support quality local cultural initiatives that help make Boise a more interesting, inclusive, and livable city.

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Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council

Nashville Print Shop Tour

PAN Meeting at Isle of Printing in Nashville, 2014

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council
by Karen Bubb

The Public Art Network (PAN) is the only national professional network dedicated to advancing public art. As part of the Americans for the Arts, headquartered in Washington, D.C., PAN develops professional services for individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. It also provides advocacy, best practices, and educational opportunities—such as conferences and webinars—for artists and arts administrators.

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Spinning Stories & Brewing Moonshine

John & Doris

John & Doris

Spinning Stories & Brewing Moonshine
Co-authored by Brandi Burns, History Programs Manager & Kaci Nicks, Boise State University Graduate Fellow

Everyone has those few troublemaking ancestors whose run-ins with the law somehow become great family legends as the years tick away. Members of the History Division of the Department of Arts & History are no exception to this. Kaci Nicks, our Boise State University Graduate Fellow had this to say about her family:

My family’s troublemaking story is tied to Prohibition, that bizarre era of U.S. History where the government banned the production and use of alcohol. My great-grandparents, John and Doris, supposedly met in an Indiana speakeasy. John was then employed as a bodyguard for the speakeasy’s owner.  According to family legend, Great-Grandpa was an ideal candidate for this job. Not only was he a great lookout but, as a deaf man, could not eavesdrop. One night his keen eye spotted Doris strolling into the speakeasy with her family. John found himself appalled that her parents would allow their beautiful young daughter to associate with the questionable people who frequented the speakeasy. Ironically, that same beautiful daughter eventually wed the questionable speakeasy bodyguard and they raised three daughters together.

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River Sculpture Renovation

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By Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager

The River Sculpture was installed sixteen years ago. In 1998, public art was a fairly new program in the City of Trees. Keepsies, Great Blues, and the Miner around the Grove; Alley History off of 9th Street; Boise Totems on the corner of 8th and Idaho; and the Governor Stuenenberg statue in front of the Capitol were the only other downtown sculptures at the time. No other publicly funded art projects existed outside of the downtown core.

When it was first installed, the River Sculpture’s bright blue background with integrated bubbles on its surface, reflected light. The misting water, lit by neon at night, glimmered mysteriously above the corner. Over time hard water deposits, vandalism, and materials that outlived their life-spans necessitated a significant overhaul of the piece. This rare but essential maintenance brings to light the important work of sustaining a public art collection; conservation and preservation work are often invisible because they are done well. With over 200 public art works now in the collection along with 93 traffic box art wraps, maintaining these assets is more than a full-time job.

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Eco-Art on 8th

Eco-Art on 8th
By Karen Bubb, Public Art manager

The Eco-Art Projects on 8th is a collection of public artworks  commissioned by Capital City Development Corporation, Boise City, and GreenWorks Idaho. This collection of,  permanent, site-specific artwork integrates environmental and sustainability concepts to bring greater awareness of related issues. In addition, the project is designed to activate pedestrian areas of Boise’s urban core, thus contributing to a more livable and economically vibrant community.

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Heliotrope, 2013
Steel and living plants
By Dwaine Carver with Trout Architects/Chartered
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Boise’s World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Complete

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Boise’s World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Complete
By Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager

There are over 700 recorded 9/11 memorials in the United States, many with remnants of the World Trade Center towers, as Boise has received. Some of these mark the sad event; others are for the specific people who died that day. Boise’s Fire Department staff initiated this memorial, which is created in solidarity with police, fire, and emergency personnel lost that day and to honor those who put their lives on the line every day in service to citizens’ safety. Boise’s Percent-for-Art ordinance and Fire Department paid for the $30,000 memorial.

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Return Of The Tiny House

Boise House Built 1943 Total 732sqft

Return of the Tiny House
By Brandi Burns, History Programs Manager

Today, wherever you look you can find mention of the growing popularity of “tiny houses.” From a complete documentary (Tiny: A Story About Living Small) to several magazines featuring tiny houses (dwell—featuring a Boise tiny house in their September 2014 edition to House Beautiful’ s July/August edition about decorating small spaces) the tiny house is taking the nation by storm. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for tiny living, look online to find communities for tiny house aficionados, such as a local Meetup group “Idaho Tiny House Enthusiasts”.

So why all the hype about tiny houses?

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Creative Opportunities Keep Tony Caprai in Boise

Toni Capri

Creative Opportunities Keep Tony Caprai in Boise
by Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager

After graduating from Boise State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts in 2010, Tony Caprai was on the lookout for chances to practice his craft. He found opportunities on the artist-organized project “Freak Alley,” where he collaborated with other artists on a few murals in 2012 and 2013. He also found work creating murals for local businesses in town like The Lift, The Brickyard, The Knitting Factory and The Underground. He also made his own opportunities – such as through apprenticing with Tony Adamson and Sector 17 to hone his painting techniques.

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BSU Geothermal Public Art Project Proposals Open For Public Comment

Boise City’s Public Works Department and Boise State University are partnering to commission a public art project to celebrate the use of geothermal water on campus. The committee organizing the project has identified the desired site for the new artwork, on campus just past Capitol Bridge not far from the Greenbelt. A selection panel chose three finalists, who have created site-specific proposals. The public is invited to comment on these proposals, identifying which they like, and why, or which they don’t like and why. The criteria for selection is appropriateness for the site, quality of the art, and ability to be built within the budget, which is $22,000. Thank you for your engagement in the public process.

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Closed Loop by Matt Grover
“Closed Loop” is an eight foot tall stainless steel sculpture on a two-foot high concrete base. With two sides that meet on top in a spiral, it depicts a naturally occurring artesian geothermal hot spring with its hot water, represented by cut out circles turning to solid spheres, rising through a fault line. It invites viewers to learn more about Boise’s geothermal past and present.

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Palici, by Michael Horswill
Fire, earth, water, and air is united in an organic-industrial earth machine entitled “Palici” that honors the incredible underground labyrinth of wells and pipes in Boise. It is an educational and playful representation of the geothermal system. Earth is represented with rusted steel roots. The geothermal system is seen as a mechanical system. The air released above is shown as a celebratory crown of acrylic spheres.

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McCall_DixonTransference, by Ken McCall and Leslie Dixon
The elegant simplicity of the circular nature of the geothermal system is represented in “Transference,” a painted steel and Plexiglas sculpture. The aboveground journey of the geothermic water unfolds along the twelve-foot wide circle. Motifs of conduits and gauges cut from steel encase transparent panes of red and amber Plexiglas that gradually flex open as they rise. The cut-steel panels illustrate map locations of buildings in downtown and on the BSU campus that receive the geothermal system.

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Last Chance – Alive After Five 2014 Downtown Grove Plaza

Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles

Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles

Don’t miss out on the last two Wednesday Alive After Five Summer Concert Series performances –it’s your last chance of the season to attend this free live music event featuring opening local bands and national touring performers.

Alive After Five is held downtown on the Grove Plaza from 5pm to 8pm. It’s the 28th year of the Downtown Boise Association’s program, and the fifth year the Boise City Department of Arts & History has provided support for the local opening bands, which are selected and managed by the fabulous crew from GO LISTEN BOISE.

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