by Deanna Darr
If there's any entity in town that ends up on as many "top 10" or "best of" lists as the City of Boise itself, it's the Trey McIntyre Project. And the dance company's founder, Trey McIntyre, has received more national love, after being named one of the five nonprofit innovators to watch in 2013 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
McIntyre and TMP were given lots of cred for the way the company has engrained themselves in the community:
The relationship the Trey McIntyre Project has built with its hometown of Boise, Idaho, is a model during a time when many arts groups struggle to attract new supporters. The fledgling ballet company first announced its presence in the Western city with spontaneous dance performances in outdoor markets, on college campuses, and at offices around the city. The company makes frequent visits to local schools and hospitals, and the high-profile choreographer invites the public into the studio as he works.
The company is honored alongside Andrew Zolli of PopTech for support of collaborative efforts; Tonya Allen of Skillman Foundation for work to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods; Rosanne Haggerty of Community Solutions for finding new solutions to housing the homeless; and Salman Khan of Khan Academy for his work in education.