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More Arts Opportunities From the BCAC

Arts grants are out there for those willing to look for them, and the City of Boise is always doling out monies from the City Arts Fund.

A couple of programs from the City Arts Fund 2006 are currently accepting grant applications.

The Anchor Fund provides for services of high quality programming by Boise's core producing arts organizations-that is, primarily arts-related nonprofits who don't already receive ongoing city funds. Anchor Fund grants go to applicants meeting the following criteria: "artistic quality and cultural contribution of the organization," "beneficial impact on the community and the audience number served," "quality of management," "effective implementation of organization's mission statement and stated goals," "strength of partnerships (including funding, in-kind contributions and cooperative programming)" and "cultural diversity and outreach in programs, staff, board and audience." Grant amounts typically range from from $1,400 to $3,500, and are based on a formula taking into account budget size, evaluation and available funding.

BCAC's Cultural Initiatives grants serve the purpose of enabling Boise-based organizations and individuals to present artistic projects and programs for the benefit of Boise's residents and visitors. BCAC is looking for projects that pose a favorable and immediate economic or cultural impact on the city. Proposed initiatives must be open and accessible to the public and in fact, community involvement is included in the review criteria. Eligible organizations and individuals include nonprofit arts, cultural, or heritage organizations, educational and community organizations such as neighborhood associations, business district associations and social service agencies and individuals, businesses and informal groups with professional background or experience in the artistic discipline for which they seek BCAC support. Grant amounts range from $500 to $1,500.

Arts organizations that receive ongoing funds/financial support from the city are ineligible to apply to this program, and proposals must be for projects within Boise's city limits or the Boise metropolitan area.

All Anchor Fund and Cultural Initiatives applications are due in the BCAC office by 5 p.m. on July 29.

Mail grant applications to Boise City Arts Commission, P.O. Box 500, 83701-0500, or deliver to BCAC at City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., East Wing. For application assistance or more information, call the Boise City Arts Commission at 433-5672 or visit

NASAA Conference Scholarships Available

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) will hold its annual conference-this year's theme: "Shaping Cultural Landscapes"-in Boise at the Grove Hotel from September 8 through 11. This is the first time this national conference has been held in Idaho.

NASAA is a membership organization of 56 of the country's state and jurisdictional arts agencies-each of which has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts in their respective communities. NASAA's mission is "to advance and promote a meaningful role for the arts in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the United States. We empower state arts agencies through strategic assistance that fosters leadership, enhances planning and decision making, and increases resources."

Fees for this year's NASAA conference are reduced for Idaho residents-indicating on your registration form that you live in Idaho will save you $250. However, full scholarships are also available.

Twenty-one scholarships covering the conference registration costs will be awarded to Idaho arts organization representatives (three from each of Idaho's seven geographic regions) and more than one representative from a single organization may apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on how applicants respond to questions about how their organization will benefit from their attendance, why the applicant is the best person to represent their organization, what aspects of the conference applicant is most interested in and how the applicant will use knowledge gained at the conference.

Scholarship application instructions can be obtained from Delta Smith, community development director, Idaho Commission on the Arts, P.O. Box 83720, Boise 83720-0008.

Scholarship applications must be received by July 22 and scholarship recipients will be notified by August 1.

For more information on the conference, contact the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 1029 Vermont Ave., NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005, 202-347-6352, 202-737-0526 (fax),

For more information about the Idaho Commission on the Arts, visit

-Sara Beitia