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Funds for Art AND History

The newly formed Boise City Department of Arts and History is behind the City's new cultural grant program that supports history projects as well as art.

The grant offers funds in two categories. Between $500 and $2,000 will be awarded for "art or history special projects presented in City of Boise" as "cultural initiatives." The Anchor Fund is for "cultural organizations that have operating budgets over $400,000 for two consecutive years." That fund will offer grants that average between $4,000 and $8,000. Past recipients include the Children's Dance Institute program on cultural respect; Doug Copsey's book about Idaho Shakespeare Festival; the Idaho Film Foundation for the i48 Film Festival; and BOSCO.

Application deadline is August 1. Applications are available online at cityofboise.org or you can pick one up at City Hall. For more information, call 208-433-5671.

Funds for Fun (and education)

The Nampa Civic Center, known for hosting a plethora of kid-friendly events, also places a high importance on youth education. So it was with great pleasure that they recently received a $5,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation to expand their "Up With Arts" program.

The injection of cash will help NCC continue work on its summertime venture, Musical Theater Camp.

The camp is a three-week program for budding young performers ages 6 through 18 who will study theater, dance and music. During two classes per day, they will work with a staff of theater professionals to begin what will hopefully be a lifelong love affair with the theater. All of their hard work will be showcased at the end of camp in a production of School House Rock Live! Jr.

For more information, visit nampaciviccenter.com or contact Jenn at 208-468-5555 or dunnj@ci.nampa.id.us.

Fun for Funds (yours)

Boise Contemporary Theater has announced its 2008-2009 season and season tickets are now on sale as well.

First on the list is God's Ear by Jenny Swartz, which opens in October. The play features an odd list of characters including G.I. Joe, the Tooth Fairy and a transvestite flight attendant. New York Times reviewer Jason Zinoman wrote that the play is "a formally inventive and superbly performed drama about how the death of a son shatters a family, this ode to love, loss and the routines of life has the economy and dry wit of a Sondheim love song."

Next in the lineup is the stellar news that comic actress Lauren Weedman is returning to Boise. Her stint during BCT's 2006-2007 season with her one-woman show Bust, was an event that had people buzzing around their water coolers. She returned to BCT a few months ago to present a talk and to accept a framed copy of her short, but very sincere Boise Weekly 2007 Best of Boise honor for Best One-Woman Show (clever, aren't we?).

This year, Weedman returns with a world premiere of a one-woman show that promises to be as engaging and intriguing as Bust.

In February, a play based on experiences of Rwandan refugees in England hits the stage. I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda is the story of Juliette, an "asylum seeker determined to write a book about the tragedy that killed her family," and Simon, an author teaching writing at the refugee center where he and Juliette meet.

The season will close with Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice. It's described as "a re-imagining of the Orpheus myth, told from the young bride's point of view. The play follows Eurydice through her wedding, an untimely death, and a ride down a raining elevator. In the underworld, Eurydice is reunited with her father who helps her to re-learn language and memory until she has to make her ultimate decision—whether or not to follow Orpheus back to the land of the living."

For more information, visit bctheater.org Boise Contemporary Theater 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224.

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