Arts & History 20th Anniversary of Grant Program: FY2017 Recipients Announced!
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Boise – The Department of Arts & History celebrates the 20th anniversary of the city’s cultural grant fund and announces recipients for Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 - September 2017). Mayor Bieter stated that “Investment in arts and culture is a critical component in cultivating Boise as the country’s most livable city. These funds provide opportunities that are essential for people to create and connect with their community and each other.” 

Arts & History Department Director, Terri Schorzman, further explained that the department’s grant funds also fuel a strong return on investment. “Since 2013 when the department’s grant funding became more robust, the amount disbursed to recipients leveraged an average of nearly six times the investment based on total project expenses. These figures illustrate the incredible community support for these important projects.” Schorzman also noted that the department has awarded 388 grants totaling nearly $1,125,000 to individuals and organizations between fiscal years 1997 and 2017. 

Grant recipients Gabe Gloden, Managing Director of Boise Contemporary Theater, and Ramajla (Maya) Duratovic representing of Mladi Behar (the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho) explained how the grant program has benefitted their organizations and Boise’s cultural landscape.

Some of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 Arts & History grant award recipients were on site and available for questions regarding their projects and programs.

For more information on the grant program, including current and past recipients, please visit:

Follow the 20th year anniversary announcements and this year’s grant recipients at #AHGrant20


Thirty-three recipients will receive awards between $1,000 and $10,000 for a total of $200,000. Grants are reviewed by a panel and awarded based on quality and merit, management, community accessibility, and budget—supporting projects that ultimately contribute toward making Boise a lasting, innovative, and vibrant city through arts and history. 

208 Ensemble ǀ $5,000 ǀ
Operational and production support for 2016-2017 season
Ballet Idaho ǀ $10,000 ǀ Learning through Dance education outreach and scholarship program
Basque Museum & Cultural Center ǀ $4,000 ǀ Interpretive signage and educational products for historic Cyrus Jacobs Uberuaga Boardinghouse and Museum
Bogus Basin Recreational Association ǀ $7,000 ǀ
Traveling exhibit and accompanying video celebrating Bogus Basin's 75th anniversary
Boise Baroque Orchestra ǀ $5,000 ǀ Artistic and administrative support for 2016-2017 Season
Boise Contemporary Theater ǀ $10,000 ǀ General support for 2016-2017 season and programs
Boise Gay Men’s Chorus ǀ $5,000 ǀ General support for 2016-2017 men's chorus and women's chorus 
Boise Philharmonic ǀ $10,000 ǀ
Musicians in the Classroom 2016-2017 (Boise School District 2nd-graders)
Boise Rock School ǀ $2,000 ǀ Music camp scholarships for refugee and underserved youth
Chris Copelin ǀ $5,000 ǀ Two Quarters Collective vending machine with hand-written letters stationed at Boise Public Library
Christian Winn ǀ $5,000 ǀ Storyfort, four-day program (writing workshops, speakers, storytelling) free to the public
Elizabeth Rodgers ǀ $5,000 ǀ Collaborative short narrative film set in Boise 
Friends of MK Nature Center ǀ $8,000 ǀ Mosaic art with interpretive signage at MK Nature Center
Ghosts & Projectors ǀ $5,000 ǀ Support for 2016-2017 poetry reading series
Global Lounge ǀ $10,000 ǀ Multicultural performances for free 3-day World Village event
Idaho Dance Theatre ǀ $7,000 ǀ Season performances with collaborative components and film production
Idaho Green Fest ǀ $5,000 ǀ Artistic and performance components for free community event
Idaho Horror Film Festival ǀ $10,000 ǀ Multi-faceted film festival with educational programs for emerging filmmakers 
Idaho Office for Refugees ǀ $3,000 ǀ World Refugee Day, free community event with cultural performances, art, and citizenship ceremony
Idaho Shakespeare Festival ǀ $8,000 ǀ Access Program, educational and experiential opportunities for underserved audiences 
Idaho Writers Guild ǀ $3,000 ǀ Idaho Writers Conference presenting professional workshops, seminars, and access to agents and manuscript editors
Jordan Noël Hawkes ǀ $6,000 ǀ Filmfort year-round community workshops, screenings, and discussions to support local filmmakers
Kristin Hill ǀ $4,000 ǀ Chiaroscuro experiential multidiscipline and collaborative art installation
LED ǀ $7,000 ǀ This Way to Egress performance combining dance, original live music, and film
MING Studios ǀ $5,000 ǀ Contrappunto large-scale installation and exhibition related to mega fires by Giuseppe Licari 
Mladi Behar ǀ $8,000 ǀ Sevdah Music Festival comprised of lecture, workshop, and concert
Off Center Dance ǀ $7,000 ǀ Spring 2017 performances inspired by Idaho landscapes and the four elements
Opera Idaho ǀ $6,000 ǀ Johan Strauss Jr.'s operetta Die Fledermaus performances
Preservation Idaho ǀ $5,000 ǀ New website featuring cultural resources and educational offerings
Radio Boise ǀ $5,000 ǀ Live in-studio programs and on-air recordings featuring local and visiting musicians, performers, writers, and artists
Steven Cody Gittings ǀ $5,000 ǀ Production and presentation of original film Captain Marquad and the Misfits
Story Night ǀ $5,000 ǀ Support for 2016-2017 storytelling season in Boise
Wingtip Press ǀ $5,000 ǀ Public printmaking workshops exploring downtown Boise's historical and cultural diversity
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