by Andrew Crisp
Over half a million dollars is on its way to artists across the State of Idaho, as the Idaho Commission on the Arts announced the recipients of 2013 grants and awards.
This year, $570,000 will be distributed to arts organizations, about a 10 percent increase over the $528,000 distributed in 2011. Those organizations include school and community programs, with money aimed at enriching the Idaho arts scene.
Funds will be distributed to 88 different projects, including seven fellowship awards and reaching 30 Idaho towns.
For Public Programming in the Arts, Boise organizations like Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho each received in excess of $13,000. Hailey's award-winning Company of Fools theater troupe received $12,225 to continue its programs, with the Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center netting $5,151.
Boise Arts in Education groups The Cabin's Writers in the Schools, ISF with its Idaho Theater for Youth program and Ballet Idaho's Learning Through Dance all received around $9,000.
Over at Boise State University, the Arts Department received $8,465 to help support the James Castle Curriculum Project for Idaho art educators.
Those community funds will be matched by local governments, giving even more back to the arts.
Individual apprenticeships were awarded to eight individuals practicing folk and traditional arts, alongside fellowships for five craft, design and visual artists.
Boise flutist Nicole Molumby received a fellowship for a compilation of music by Slovenian composers, while filmmaker Tony Okun will craft more of his brand of documentary films. Dancer Carl Rowe plans for more choreography.
"At the center of my dance making is movement," wrote Rowe in his proposal. "Though ideas and themes course through my work, it is the movement that runs the show."
This year's awards come just after new data, which showed the effect funding the arts has in the state, with Boise's art scene alone contributing more than $48 million in economic activity annually.
A full list of recipients can be found at arts.idaho.gov.