Big Announcements at Boise Art Museum and Boise Philharmonic 

Plus Sesqui-Shop seeks old Boise fragments

Boise Art Museum announced March 19 that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, which will help the museum present three new exhibitions over the next three years.

"This grant will ensure that people in our community have access to high caliber works of art that would not otherwise be available to them in Idaho," said BAM Executive Director Melanie Fales.

The World Stage by artist Kehinde Wiley will run June 11 through Oct. 27 and showcase portraits of people from differing religious backgrounds in Israel. Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, will run Oct.24, 2015, through Jan. 17, 2016, and will highlight origami from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and the nonprofit International Arts and Artists organization in Washington, D.C.

The third exhibit has yet to be announced.

Speaking of big announcements, Boise Philharmonic disclosed that its new executive director, Sandra Culhane, will take the reins Wednesday, May 1.

In an interview with BW, Interim Executive Director Tony Boatman described the Phil's financial woes and his attempts to put the organization back on course. The Phil has been searching for a director since Tom Bennett's resignation Aug. 16, 2012.

Culhane has served as executive director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra in Billings, Mont., since 2005, following work as orchestra operations manager of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Moving from Boise's future to its past, the Sesqui-Shop storefront is looking for help building April's exhibit.

Preservation Idaho has issued a call for fragments from Boise's lost buildings, such as loose bricks from the historic Eastman Building or a rusting door knob from the original Boise City Hall. Remnants of Boise will showcase those pieces to help tell the story of Boise over the last 150 years.

"We are looking for items from buildings in Boise that are no longer standing, such as sandstone, gargoyles, carved beams, hardware like door knobs, faucets, light fixtures, windows, landscape elements, signs," according to Preservation Idaho.

These bits of "architectural ephemera" will reveal the missing pieces of Boise's skyline. Those interested should contact Amy Pence-Brown with Preservation Idaho at or the Sesqui-Shop at 208-433-5670.

Contributions will be part of the exhibition, which opens First Thursday, April 4.

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