Since arriving in Idaho to take his post as executive director of Idaho Commission on the Arts, Michael Faison has championed arts in the Gem State. He has fought continually shrinking budgets to not only keep grant funding available to struggling arts organizations, but he has also led the effort to bring more arts into small communities across the state. And the whole time, he's just so enthusiastic about it that no one questions his passion for his job. Thanks to the work Faison is doing now, the arts will be a bigger part of the lives of all Idahoans. Not to mention, he's just a damned nice guy.