A fresh crop of artists, artisans, and arts and culture organizations are ringing in the new year with grants from the Boise City Department of Arts and History.
The list—a little shorter than 2013's—includes some familiar names like Ballet Idaho ($2,000 for Alice in Wonderland ), Opera Idaho (two one-act operas: Giannia Schicchi and Trouble in Haiti; $5,000) and Boise Philharmonic ($2,000 for Tilson Thomas' performance of The Diary of Anne Frank ).
The list also includes some hefty grants for first-time winners like Idaho Sings/Boise Gay Men's Chorus ($5,000 for its Pride Concert), William Anderson White III for the River Street Neighborhood Oral Histories and Website ($5,000) and Loud Writers Project & Slam of Steel by Big Tree Arts ($5,000).
In all, there were 20 winners this year. That's down from 37 in 2013—a year that also boasted three $10,000 economic development grants to Boise Philharmonic, Basque Museum and Cultural Center and Boise Contemporary Theater, as well as Cultural Ambassador grants of $15,000 to Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Trey McIntyre Project, which has since declared artistic and administrative changes in direction.