May 31, 2006 

ICA Seeks Public Art Proposals from Organizations

Citing "one-time legislative enhancement for grants and awards," the Idaho Commission on the Arts is sending out a call for proposals on the several public art projects they'll be funding around the state.

The ICA is looking for proposals from non-profit organizations (as defined by ICA guidelines--check out the ICA Web site at www.arts.idaho.gov to get specifics) with grant requests from $1,000 to $10,000, but only where the amount is matched. Groups wishing to make a proposal should go to www.arts.idaho.gov to get the application form. Proposals should also include a projected budget, a four-page response to the ICA's narrative questions, and resumes for the proposed project's artists, consultants and staff.

They are looking for a variety of art projects: those that connect with the outdoors or recreational areas, adornments to municipal buildings, enhancements to pedestrian or bike areas, functional elements to public spaces like benches or fences, and even temporary artworks meant to engage the community.

Projects chosen by the ICA will be funded between September 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007.

It's time for interested organizations to begin putting something together: The deadline for applications is August 7. For more information, contact Delta James at djames@arts.idaho.gov or 334-2119, ext. 51.

Book About Jazz Great Gene Harris Wins Silver Award

Elegant Soul tells the life story of late jazz pianist and Boise resident Gene Harris, who died in 2000. Co-written by Harris' wife and jazz notable Janie Harris and by Bob Evancho, the book was published by Caxton Press in 2005.

At a special ceremony at this year's Book Expo America in Washington, D.C., Elegant Soul won a Silver award in the music category of ForeWord magazine's 2005 Book of the Year Awards. Over 1,500 books were submitted in 55 categories, and gold, silver and bronze awards were given in both fiction and nonfiction categories. The awards were established by the magazine in 1998 to recognize books published by independent and university presses. A jury of librarians, booksellers, editors and reviewers judged the entries and finalists and winners were selected based on excellence in content as well as the quality of production.

Participate in the 2006 Cultural Triathlon

If you're looking for a way for you and your family to get more involved in the cultural aspects of the City of Trees this summer, consider the Cultural Triathlon. It's not nearly as hard as a real triathlon, but it is just as rewarding.

Forget protein diets and endurance training. The Cultural Triathlon runs May 20 through July 31 and is open to all ages--from children to teens to adults. This is what it takes to participate in this triathlon: (1) You have to join one summer reading program at a participating local library; (2) you have to engage in two physical activities,sponsored by Boise Parks & Recreation, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council or on your own; and (3) you have to visit three participating museums or educational organizations (such as Boise Art Museum, the Discovery Center, the Idaho Black History Museum, the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Log Cabin Literary Center, Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site and Zoo Boise).

As participants complete each activity, they can get a stamp on their Triathlon passport (passports can be picked up at participating organizations). After completing all three portions of the Cultural Triathlon, participants turn in completed passports no later than July 31 to be entered in a drawing for prizes, including a grand prize whitewater raft trip. And even if you don't win a prize in the raffle, you'll have the memories.

For more information, visit www.boisepubliclibrary.org or www.adalib.org.

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