The Boise Department of Arts & History grant fund helps galvanize creative projects and cultural opportunities that encourage Boise residents to create, engage, and connect with the community. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are all eligible for support. Since 1997, the city has awarded over 400 grants with a total disbursement of $1,275,000.
Awards range from providing much needed general operating funds to large and small organizations, to seed money for innovative individual projects.
Examples of grant recipients include:
Established performing arts organizations, such as Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Baroque, Idaho Dance Theatre
Diverse community groups and organizations, such as Global Lounge, Idaho Office for Refugees, Idaho Korean Association, Mladi Behar, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Indian Classical Dance (Sneha Prakash), and Artisans 4 Hope
Emerging organizations, such as LED, 208 Ensemble, Off Center Dance, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, MING Studios, and HomeGrown Theatre, Idaho Horror Film Festival
Historical or preservation related projects, that help reflect and cultivate local distinctiveness, such as a brochure and presentations on local historical figures (TAG Historical Research), a printed guide on maintaining and preserving mid-century modern homes (Idaho Modern / Preservation Idaho), and historical photograph exhibition (Boise by Burns)
Literary-based groups, such as Ghosts & Projectors, Big Tree Arts, Idaho Writers Guild, and Storyfort
Community cultural events, such as World Village (Global Lounge Group), Soul Food Extravaganza, and Idaho Green Fest
Educational programs and workshops, representing a multitude of disciplines (film, visual art, music, photography, and more) presentations on the history of Brazilian music (Elisabeth Blin)
Individual projects, such as storytelling, filmmaking, script development, visual art exhibitions, dance, and journalistic profiles of local artists
Non-arts or cultural groups with projects to integrate artistic or cultural components into existing infrastructure or programming, such as a mosaic mural (Friends of MK Nature Center), Bogus Basin 75th Anniversary traveling exhibit and video, Historic timeline mural for the Peregrine Fund’s World Center Birds of Prey
The wide variety of recipients illustrates the importance of providing opportunities for the city’s cultural organizations and individuals to take risks, to try new things, to challenge all of us, and to thrive in ways that benefits a livable city.