MING Studios Selected as Boise's Next Cultural Ambassador 

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  • Xavier Ward

Boise's MING Studios will serve as the City of Trees' cultural ambassador for 2020 and 2021, the city announced Tuesday in a release. MING Studios is a contemporary art center with an artist-in-residence program, and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter commended the local studio on its contribution to the local arts scene.

“MING Studios embodies the concept of ‘ambassador’ and will be a stellar representative and supporter of our city’s unique culture everywhere they go,” Bieter wrote in the release. “We are fortunate to have MING Studios in our city and applaud them for their ambitious work.”

"That was kind of a nice surprise, it was really exciting news," said MING Studios Director Jason Morales. "I'm very privileged, very proud to be the recipient of the award."

Morales said he's not sure what's in store, but he hopes to take Boise arts and culture on a global scale, as well as kick off collaborations with other local institutions.

"My intention is absolutely to utilize this moment to introduce Boise in a broader context," he said.

MING Studios opened in 2014 and has hosted a swath of artists from around the world. As part of its cultural ambassadorship, MING Studios will receive $20,000 over the course of its two-year term.

As part of the announcement, the city also named its recipients for the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts and History. Artist Randy Van Dyck received the excellence award for the arts, the Idaho Black History Museum received the award for excellence in history and Tom Tompkins received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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