Treasure Valley Reads Kicks Off at Exclusive Boise Art Museum Preview 

click to enlarge An intimate group of stakeholders showed up at Boise Art Museum for the kickoff of this year's Treasure Valley Reads.

Harrison Berry

An intimate group of stakeholders showed up at Boise Art Museum for the kickoff of this year's Treasure Valley Reads.

Melanie Fales, executive director of the Boise Art Museum, pulled back a black velvet curtain, letting a handful of people step through to a darkened gallery—inside was the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25 exhibition, which officially opens to the public on Saturday, March 2.

It's "serendipity," she said, that the exhibition, which features scores of art prints produced on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon, will open almost concurrently with the start of the 2019 edition of Treasure Valley Reads. That's because this year's headlining title is There There by Native American author Tommy Orange.

"We invite readers in our community to come experience this exhibition before or after reading There There by Tommy Orange to find their own connections between this best-selling novel and the acclaimed artwork on display," she said, reading from prepared remarks.

The gathering at BAM was intimate, with less than half a dozen stakeholders from the museum and Ada Community Library, and Mayor Dave Bieter, in attendance. Bieter remarked on the timing of TVR's kickoff, noting that lately he has been reading books by Dr. Seuss in local grade schools, and has a copy of There There in his office at City Hall.

"I'm anxious to get into it," he said.

Last year, hundreds of people across the Treasure Valley read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This year, the popular, season-long program will feature Native American literature for readers of all ages: There There is the adult read, and for children, Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall and Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth round out the list.

Orange himself will visit Boise during Treefort Music Fest on Saturday, March 23, when he will participate in two Storyfort events: a reception at Ming Studios at 5:30 p.m. and a reading, Q&A and book signing at The Egyptian Theatre at 7 p.m. 
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