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Dreary Day at the Festival • City Hall Calling • The Cost of History • Those Damn Deadlines

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Dreary Day at the Festival

The Boise art community suffered another tragic loss Tuesday, July 22, when longtime Shakespeare Festival actor and co-founder Dan Peterson died of a heart attack in his home.

Peterson helped found ISF in 1977 and acted in 27 of the company's 32 seasons. His roles ranged from Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream to Antonio in Twelfth Night. He was scheduled to play the porter in ISF's upcoming production of Macbeth opening August 2. His fellow actors and directors remember him as a gifted performer who also knew the subtle art of when to step out of the spotlight and blend in.

Peterson was pivotal in creating the Idaho Theatre for Youth, a professional company that tours Idaho and the West bringing children's theater to thousands of school kids in rural areas. ITY merged with ISF in 1999 and continues to grow, in a large part, due to Peterson's efforts.

A memorial service was held for Peterson Monday, July 28, that was followed by a community potluck at the festival grounds.

City Hall Calling

With a new food co-op well under way (BW, Food News, "For Food, It's Westward Ho," July 23, 2008) and a gourmet gelato-martini bar serving up potent choc-tails, we thought Meridian couldn't get much better. Now we hear its new city hall is seeking artist proposals to build a "vibrant municipal collection of public artwork." Neat.

The new city hall, which is now under construction, is building spaces for two site-specific installations into its foundation. One is a 16-foot by 16-foot area in the main lobby designed for suspended artwork, including an armature beam that can shoulder up to 4,000 lbs.

The second space is an area 5-feet wide by 8-feet tall sandwiched between the City Council chamber doors and the first-floor lobby. This can be either a wall-mounted or free-standing piece, but shouldn't be more than one foot deep.

Although theme requirements are vague—"honor Meridian's past while looking forward to a promising future"—there's a Grade-A opportunity to milk inspiration from the location's former occupant—the Meridian Creamery. We're thinking a giant butterscotch sundae. With sprinkles.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. For more information on application guidelines, visit meridiancity.org or contact Delta James at 208-859-7042 or by e-mail at djames@sageidaho.com.

The Cost of History

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood was recently cut a $50,000 check by Boise's Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation. The museum, which houses the only known Dactyle calculator made in 1895, has been around for 75 years, making it one of the Northwest's oldest continuously operated museums.

The museum aims to "preserve the rich heritage of North Central Idaho" and is home to over 70,000 artifacts. The museum is currently building its endowment coffers to reach an ambitious $1.1 million goal and has plans to spend the cash on "continuing preservation, exhibition and interpretation of a significant portion of the historical heritage of Idaho."

The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation has been awarding grants to many of Idaho's most beloved cultural institutions since 1964. Some past recipients include the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Boise Foodbank, Idaho Public Television, Boise Urban Garden School and, most recently, a sizeable gift to TrICA.

For additional information contact Lyle Wirtanen, museum director, at 208-962-2050 or e-mail museum@StGertrudes.org.

Those Damn Deadlines

Hey, slackers: the deadline for Fall event listings for the Idaho Arts Quarterly passed last Friday. So, if you wanted to have your shindig included on the glossy pages of our super sweet, revamped mag—it's too late. You can, however, still send tardy IAQ event submissions to arts@boiseweekly.com and they'll be included in the online version of the publication.

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