Summer 2008 

So. When Idaho Arts Quarterly magazine started in 2002, the publishers had big dreams. They wanted to expand the coverage of the arts from their home base of Boise into the rest of the state, making a connection between the different settings where art is created. Their vision was as immense as the state. Over the years, we have covered artists from the farthest reaches of Idaho, revealing a vast array of talent and an overriding passion for art.

Like the rest of the world, Idaho is not so far off the beaten path as it once was. We are of an independent spirit here, a fact that has gained recognition and respect, and the arts have quietly cut their own swath.

Now, we have set about to re-focus the magazine while continuing our efforts to cover the arts statewide. As a result, we have created new sections to re-define the magazine and achieve our objectives:

To study the arts

Front and Center features our cover artist; Character Sketch allows us to profile a creator in detail; Newsworthy allows us to report in depth on issues facing the arts community; and Further lets us represent work and events throughout the state.

To represent the arts

Original artwork will be featured throughout the magazine. Musings offers works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; Influences lets artists speak for themselves, in their own voices, about what inspires them; and Primary Source gives the reader a glimpse of something new that is going on, in the hopes that they will seek out more information on their own.

To promote the arts

Of Note provides a selection of events throughout the state. Our complete listings of statewide events are available online. Reading Idaho reviews books on, about, set in Idaho or written by an Idaho author.

Our stage is not limited to the borders of our state. In addition to homegrown talent, we welcome those who have chosen Idaho as the place where they create. We also open our pages to the national and international artists who are shown here, and relish our role as part of an arts community that extends to the far reaches of the imagination, where no borders exist.

—Katy Dang

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