When financial times get tough, funding for the arts is some of the first to take a hit. That's why it's all the more important to have someone on the frontlines fighting to maintain funding for arts programs. In Idaho, there's no tougher fighter than Michael Faison, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Year round he travels the state, teaching arts organizations how to make the most of what they have and how to bring in more. During the legislative session, he's ready to stand before grumpy state officials armed with a legion of facts and testimonials highlighting the importance of art in all aspects of life. We can't think of anyone else we'd want in the arts corner.