Jun. 12, 2015

Idaho-made documentary receives honors in Cannes

The story of Nell Shipman, a silent film pioneer with strong ties to Idaho, is now global. The Idaho-made won Best Documentary at the Artisan Festival International: Cannes World Cinema. It’s a program run by the World Peace Initiative and held concurrent with the Cannes International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the world.

Boise filmmaker Karen Day traveled with the film to Cannes, France and attended the screening during the official Marche du Film before an international audience.


Oct. 27, 2014

Boise’s Public Art Collection

Public Art in Downtown Boise, Idaho

Public Art contributes to Boise's unique sense of place. The City's public art collection consists of over 80 works, and is valued at nearly $3,000,000 and growing.

Dec. 4, 2015

Boise State Named Best Theatre College in Idaho

Boise State’s Department of Theatre Arts has been named the best in the state by Onstage.com, a website dedicated to theatre opinion and discussion. The website used a criteria of tuition cost, facilities, academic rigorousness, performing opportunities, career support, and location when evaluating programs in each state. Here’s what they said about our program:

“The Theatre Arts Department annually hosts the Idaho Invitational High School Theatre Arts Festival, a two-day festival of performances and workshops involving more than 300 high school students from all over Idaho. They also award the Thelma and Dean Brown Performing Arts Scholarship – an academic performance award for Theatre Arts majors. The scholarship may cover all student tuition and fees for an academic year.”

Aug. 20, 2015

Boise State Reaches STEM Goals Early, Leads Peers in New Degrees Granted

by Sherry Squires, Boise State University

Boise State University President Bob Kustra announced Wednesday that the university has reached its goal — two years earlier than planned — in boosting graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The university boosted the percentage of STEM graduates each year to more than 15 percent of the school’s total graduates. While Boise State has doubled the pace of its peer institutions in STEM graduate growth in recent years, the university also has more than doubled the average growth of its peers for professional degree graduates and for arts, humanities and social science graduates.

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Feb. 11, 2016

Google Chooses Mountain View Freshman as Idaho Winner in Logo Contest

Google representatives surprised Mountain View High School freshman Melanie Ann Korsgaard at school last week with the news that her logo design took first in Idaho and could be displayed on Google’s homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

Korsgaard entered her drawing, “Dream of Wolves,” into the eighth annual Doodle 4 Google contest but didn’t actually expect it to win.

Jun. 29, 2015

Pulitzer-winning Boise Author Anthony Doerr Wins Carnegie Honors

It continues to be a stellar year for Boise novelist Anthony “Tony” Doerr whose epic World War II novel “All the Light We Cannot See” was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, and earned Doerr the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in April.

On June 27, he was honored with the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Fiction at a ceremony during the annual American Library Association conference in San Francisco. The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established by the Carnegie Foundation to recognize the best literature in both genres for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. 

May. 22, 2015

Downtown Nampa Gets Yarn Bombed

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Nampa's Puffy Mondaes Sustainable Arts led a group of volunteers this week to Yarn Bomb Historic Downtown Nampa to welcome the FiberTrain Festival to town. Yarn Bombers used donated knit and crochetted panels and blankets to deck out everything from trees to trashcans thoughout the downtown core. 

Feb. 25, 2016

Boise’s Morrison Endowment Foundation Surpasses $1 million in Grants to Local Art Groups

The Morrison Center Endowment Foundation hit a milestone earlier this year with its grants that supports local arts groups seeking access to the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. Foundation president Justin Wilkerson created the program in 2011. He’s the grandson of Velma Morrison, who spearheaded the effort to build the performing arts center on Boise State campus in the early 1980s.

Since then, the Foundation has given more than $1.3 million to subsidize the production costs for local groups. The Endowment Foundation makes 5 percent of its $14.1 million in assets available in grant money toward this program and other needs.

Nov. 4, 2014

Phantom Gallery Nampa Seeks Artists

The Nampa Arts Collective is seeking artists to participate in a “Phantom Gallery” in Downtown Nampa on Nov. 15. Phantom galleries are temporary art installations that convert empty storefronts not visual experiences. Organizers want to see “Phantom Gallery Nampa” become a regular event to help develop the city's growing arts and cultural communities.
Apr. 14, 2017

City of Boise Opens Boise WaterShed River Campus

The 2-acre complex was designed and planned by a team of artists, engineers, and educators. It tells the story of the Boise River watershed through public art, landscaping, water features and interactive exhibits.  The park-like setting allows visitors to discover water’s many roles in cities and agricultural areas and how citizens can protect and conserve these resources for the future.

The public art was completed by 14 local artists and tells the story of the Boise River, from the headwaters in high mountain streams, to Lucky Peak Reservoir, flowing through Boise and downstream communities, before eventually joining the Snake River.

Located at the West Boise Water Renewal Facility (formerly referred to as the Wastewater Treatment Facility), the $3.1 million dollar project was funded by the City of Boise’s Department of Public Works, Department of Arts & History and the Percent for Art Program, and Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc.  Programming includes free tours and hands-on education. In 2016, the Boise Watershed provided education to nearly 23,000 Treasure Valley residents, many of them school-aged children.

Dec. 3, 2014

Treefort Music Fest Named Boise’s Cultural Ambassador for 2015

by ​Jess Flynn

Mayor David Bieter named the Treefort Music Fest as the City of Boise’s cultural ambassador for 2015. As part of the recognition, Treefort receives a $25,000 grant recognizing the festival’s positive impact on the city’s visibility, economy and cultural scene.

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