Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Local Arts Organizations Receive $20,000 In Grants

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It’s been a very good week for four local nonprofit arts organizations that recently received $20,000 from the Boise City Department of Arts and History. As part of the City’s Arts and History Economic Development Grant program, Ballet Idaho, The Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Boise Contemporary Theater and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will receive $20,000 grants in recognition and support of their effect on the community and local economy.

Ballet Idaho, which brings in more than 7,000 out-of-state visitors each year, has plans for a new program called Ballet in Bodo.

An estimated 300,000 people have viewed the Basque Museum and Cultural Center’s exhibit on Ellis Island, New York, which will come back to Boise later this year.

Boise Contemporary Theater, which produced Edward Albee's and At Home at the Zoothis year, hires 42 local actors, directors, designers and crewmembers each year in addition to its full- and part-time staff.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival sells 52,000 tickets each year and spends about 40 percent of its operating budget on local purchases.

Five-person panels made up of members of the Mayor’s Office and the Arts and History Commission and three local patrons helped select the grantees. The Arts and History Economic Development Grant program also includes the Economic Development Cultural Ambassador Award, which was awarded to the Trey McIntyre Project in May.

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