Supporters and patrons of the arts gathered at the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts building—the historic Immanuel Methodist church in the North End—for an evening of chili, music and fundraising for children’s arts education on Jan. 28.
TRICA has received $2.1 million from donors and is reaching out to the community to fund the rest of its $2.7 million restoration project. The eventual goal is a center for arts education for children.
“It will be an after-school destination, a field trip destination, a place where we train volunteer art parents,” said Jon Swarthout, founder of TRICA. “It will be an ever-evolving, ever-changing center devoted to providing arts education.”
The center plans to use the funds to eventually build a black box theater, film studio, music and art studios and a story cottage for the literary arts.
At the chili feed, however, the focus was on delicious chili, the thumping bluegrass of Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, and the decorations and artwork lining the roof and walls of the building—including a pair of giant wings created from more than 16,000 Boise Weekly newspapers.