Saturday, December 8, 2012

One Block at a Time #002—TRICA's Efforts to Revive a Historic Church

Posted By on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church in Boises North End.
  • The Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church in Boise's North End.

These days, no Sunday school youth file into a century-old church located at 1406 Eastman St. in Boise. Established in 1907, the Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church once served as a gathering place for Boise's growing North End.

But after years of neglect, the building became a neighborhood eyesore. That is until 2007, when the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts began building a new future for the church.

TRICA's efforts the revitalize the building envision a return to the church's role in the community, led by a core mission of serving Boise youth with arts education.

In the second installment of an original video series called One Block at a Time, TRICA Director Jon Swarthout takes Boise Weekly behind the scenes at the old church, and offers a glimpse into its future.


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