Sunday, May 11, 2014

Arts and History Department: Boise Is 'Out of Compliance' In Keeping, Storing Its History

Posted By on Sun, May 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

This coming Tuesday, May 13 the Boise City Council will be briefed on the status of the city's Department of Arts and History, and in an advance of that presentation, city officials are learning from an internal document from A&H that, "Currently Boise City government is out of compliance with existing Idaho statutes and Boise City code."

As part of what will be this Tuesday's strategic planning discussion in a City Council work session, Arts and History officials will tell lawmakers that their department's storage space "is inadequate according to standard professional protocols and environmental requirements."

As a result, A&H recently had to turn down what it says are "important individual records on local inventions, business records, equipment, early cultural performance catalogs, and more." Arts and History officials said they are, "Poised to lose two significant art and photographic collections unless this issue is resolved."

Additionally, A&H said it recently received six doors from the early 20th century Hop Sing Building on Front Street (demolished in 1972), that are the "last known remaining architectural fragments of Boise's Chinese history." But staff has had to store the doors in a city-owned building without stable environmental controls.

Boise Arts and History are looking for the Council to move forward a three-phase plan, which No. 1, would add support staff and funding for collection storage, including a collection manager position; No. 2, acquire permanent collection space and develop intra-city alliances; and No. 3, operate a permanent home for the city's collection, with the hiring of a curator.

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