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Fall 2005 Report


NASAA Annual Meeting in Boise

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) graces Idaho with its annual meeting September 8 through 11. This year marks the first time the conference has been held in Idaho.

Hosted by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, "Shaping Cultural Landscapes" is this year's theme to brainstorm new approaches to stewarding cultural resources, developing better communication tactics with leaders to support the arts and to explore the direction management is taking in the public sector. The conference is for the benefit of state arts agency staff, volunteer leaders and colleagues, though there will be related events open to the public as well.

To kick off the weekend, Hal Cannon, founding director of the Western Folklife Center, and poet Waddie Mitchell will make a presentation on the cultural landscape of the West, the regional inspiration of the 2005 conference.

Former United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass will give a free reading, with an introduction by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, on Friday, September 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise.

New Ballet Idaho Faculty

Ballet Idaho welcomed Carol Roderick as the new director of its Academy in early August. Roderick has taught upper-level classes in the intensive division at Boston Ballet and in the professional division of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Her extensive experience includes teaching variations, repertoire and men's classes, as well as setting both classical and original works for student productions. Roderick has also served as artist in residence at Colorado State University. Most recently, she served as the school principal for Tulsa Ballet, where she taught all levels including company classes, in addition to directing the administration of the school and the summer program. Roderick will be filling the new position, which was created after head teacher Arlene Larson announced her resignation.

Ballet Idaho also welcomes Julie Grooters, a former soloist with the company, to the faculty this fall. Grooters founded the School of Classical Ballet and Dance in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2000 since retiring in 1999 after five years with Ballet Idaho. The School grew to 400 students within four years, produced a full length The Nutcracker and Swan Lake Act II, and toured in educational outreach programs to local schools. Grooters is returning to Idaho to work with students in an environment that is affiliated with a professional company and will be teaching intermediate classes this fall. She has trained at Ballet Iowa, School of American Ballet in New York City and Chicago's Joffrey Ballet and has experience as a professional dancer.

Darkwood To Perform at World Bass Clarinet Conference

Darkwood Consort will perform in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on October 22 at the World Bass Clarinet Conference. In the history of the instrument, this conference is the first of its kind and will feature the best of the world's players. Aage Nielsen, bass clarinet, and Jennifer Drake, viola, recently completed their first tour of Denmark in May and performed three concerts in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the International Viola Congress in June. Nielson and Drake will perform in Eugene, Oregon, at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference following the World Bass Clarinet Conference.

Idaho Arts Charter Opens In Nampa As An Art-based School

Following the success of the Donnell School of the Arts, which opened in Meridian last fall, Idaho Arts Charter of Nampa greeted 500 students in grades K through 10 on August 29. School leaders believe the exposure to the arts will beneficially affect all students, and especially the quarter of students from low-income families whose parents would otherwise struggle to provide an arts education. The philosophy of arts-based schools is that lessons can be retained better with a more comprehensive approach, providing an outlet for naturally artistic children. The school will teach classes in visual arts, drama, music and dance, as well as integrating art-based learning into the academic curriculum. Students will wear uniforms in order to lessen economic differences among them. The trend of arts-based schools will continue in the Treasure Valley as arts-based Pioneer Elementary opens this fall with over 500 students, Meridian High also plans to establish a program specializing in the performing arts, and the Boise School District is also considering the option.

Boise Baroque Orchestra's New Conductor

Dr. Daniel Stern joins the Boise Baroque as the orchestra's new conductor, replacing Richard Roller, who took an out-of-state job to be closer to his family. Stern's credentials include conducting the Boise Philharmonic from 1974 through 1987. He is also an accomplished violinist and music educator. The Boise Baroque will open their 2005-2006 season with a concert at Albertson College of Idaho on September 30. Visit for more information.

Boise State's New Gallery Director

Artist Kirsten M. Furlong has been named the new gallery director for Boise State University's Visual Arts Center. Furlong's vision for the Center is to become a leader in contemporary art in the West, featuring nationally recognized visual artists. She believes that "it is vital for students and the community to connect directly with original works of art" and the gallery will also continue to regularly present graduate and undergraduate student art shows and an annual exhibition of Boise State faculty artists.

Furlong received a Master of Fine Arts from Boise State and has previously taught as an adjunct instructor at the university. She has recently been a working artist, showing thoughout the U.S. and beyond. In addition to curating exhibitions for the Art Department's campus galleries located in the Liberal Arts and Hemingway Center buildings, Furlong will be responsible for maintaining the department's visiting artists program and teaching Professional Practices in Art and Visual Arts Orientation.

The first Boise State exhibition of 2005 features work by graduate students, through September 10.

Artist uses Idaho History as his Muse

Inspired by the assassination of Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg in 1905 over labor relations, Seattle-based artist Scott Fife has created 18 sculptures of important people involved in the politics of the murder. The exhibition explores the history and ethics of the trial and events leading up to the assassination, and is titled "Big Trouble: The History of Labor" in recognition of Big Trouble, the history by Anthony Lukas from which Fife drew his characters. The sculptural homage details the strife between the government and the mining industry of the early 20th century. Fife's work has been featured in numerous galleries in Washington state, as well as the Boise Art Museum and the Galerie Redmann in Berlin, Germany.

Statehouse Eagle Gets a Makeover

Artist and craftsman Michael Kolbold of Boise has been working for the past three months on the copper eagle atop the Idaho State Capitol. The eagle was placed there in 1912 and is now the subject of a $13,000 restoration project to turn its paint and copper exterior into a gold-leafed work of art. The process involves stripping several coats of paint and the technically difficult and ancient art of applying gold leaf, which will last centuries longer than traditional paint.

ICA Regional Award Recipients

The Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) made several grant awards to individuals and organizations. Several award recipients are in Southwest Idaho. The following are the region's highlights.

The ICA's Community Development Grants to Organizations are awards that go to arts organizations that demonstrate exceptional artistic merit, strong management, strategic evaluation and marketing strategies and community-based planning, support and collaboration. From 84 applications, 60 were awarded funding. In Southwest Idaho, these awards include: in Boise: $9,697 to Ballet Idaho; $11,228 and $6,825 to Boise Art Museum; $6,529 to the Boise City Arts Commission; $7,409 to Boise Contemporary Theater; $1,913 to the Boise Master Chorale; $9,585 to the Boise Philharmonic Association; $3,868 to Idaho Dance Theatre; $10,667 to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; $7,196 to the Log Cabin Literary Center; $8,600 to the Centennial High School Boosters; $6,600 to Opera Idaho; $4,084 to Boise Contemporary Theater; $4,550 to the Department of Music at Boise State; in Caldwell: $3,650 to the Caldwell Fine Arts Series; in McCall: $5,220 to id Theatre Company; $5,915 to the McCall Folklore Society; in Meridian: $3,975 to Mladi Behar, the Bosnia-Herzogovina Cultural Center of Idaho; in Mountain Home: $5,925 and $5,163 to the Mountain Home Arts Council; in Nampa: $7,373 and $5,250 to the Nampa Civic Center; $7,125 to the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho; $3,975 to Northwest Nazarene University.

The ICA's Arts in Education Grants are designed to help arts organizations, communities and educators foster the development of young people (grades K-12) and their teachers by supporting existing programs and development of innovative curricula. Those receiving grants show effective leadership, partnership and outreach in valuing and communicating the arts. Regional recipients include: in Boise: $11,925 to Ballet Idaho; $11,775 to the Boise Art Museum; $10,950 to the Boise Philharmonic Association; $2,505 to the Boise School District's Work and Learn; $11,625 to Idaho Parents Unlimited/VSA Arts of Idaho; $11,400 to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Idaho Theater for Youth; $11,625 to the Log Cabin Literary Center; $5,700 to Opera Idaho; in Caldwell: $11,084 to Caldwell Fine Arts; in McCall: $2,713 to the McCall Arts and Humanities Council.

The ICA awards fellowships for craft, design and visual arts to individual artists in recognition of their exceptional talent, work and development. Recipients receive a $3,500 award and honorable mentions are unfunded, but high scorers in the evaluation process. From 44, submissions, 11 Idaho artists were chosen to receive awards, including: from Boise, Eve-Marie Bergren, for book arts; Charles Gill, for painting; Grant Olsen, in mixed media; Stephanie Wild, in mixed media; from Nampa, Jonathan Puls, for painting; from McCall, Lawrence Smart, for the craft of luthier.

Recipients of the ICA's QuickFunds award include: in Boise: $990 to the Boise Philharmonic Association; $1,000 to the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences; $490 to Kathleen Keys; $1,000 to Kimiko Miyoshi; $960 to Grant Olsen; $960 to Si Se Puede Idaho (Yes We Can, Idaho); $960 to Catherine Wagner; $490 to Barbara Bowling; $336 to Leah Clark; $960 to the Idaho Film Foundation; $432 to Lana Krumweide; $955 to Sandy Marostica; $490 to Sarah Morris; $1,000 to Helene Peterson; $495 to Heather Rae; in Caldwell: $1,000 to the Rosenthal Gallery of Art at Albertson College of Idaho; $664 to Jan Boles; in Garden City: $300 to Surel Mitchell: $960 to Eberle Umbach; in King Hill: $970 to Karolee Blackwell; in Meridian: $990 to Hyuck Chan Johnson: $950 to the McCall-Donnelly High School; in Nampa: $970 to Gregory Bayne; $500 to Ken Pollard.