Know someone who makes Boise a little more interesting/beautiful/creative place to live? The Boise Department of Arts and History is looking for nominees for the annual Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Art and History.
That's right, the mayor wants you to tell him about organizations, individuals, businesses and educators who are going above and beyond in improving the cultural landscape of the city.
According to the official qualifications, nominees must "have demonstrated distinguished service, creative accomplishment, a record of publication, presentation, or research that enhances the artistic, historic and broader cultural life of the City of Boise."
Winners will be honored on Sept. 25 with special commendations from Mayor Dave Bieter, as well as join the ranks of the 70 prior award winners since the city started handing out the honor in 1986.
Formal nominations are due by Friday, June 12, 3 p.m., and forms and rules can be downloaded at cityofboise.org; click on the link for the Department of Arts and History.
If you have poetry in your soul but the thought of standing up in front of an audience and sharing your creations makes you lose even the ability to rhyme, you can get some lessons from a master on Monday, May 18.
As part of the Spoken Word Reading and Workshop Series, San Francisco poet Stephen Michael Meads will lead a free performance poetry workshop beginning at 5 p.m. in the Boise State Student Union building.
Anyone interested in poetry—performance or just listening—is invited to attend and check out some of Boise's up and coming poets. They can then head over to Neurolux for the poetry Slam Delux Pajama Slam, featuring Meads. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. for the 21-and-older show. Cover is $5 at the door.
Keep it Short
Speaking of storytelling, the Idaho International Film Festival is looking for a few good writers. The festival has joined the Idaho Screenwriters Association to present a short screenplay competition, giving writers a chance at fame, fortune ($50) and some professional feedback.
All entries must be no longer than 20 pages, be set in the Pacific Northwest, be presented in standard industry format and written in English.
Entry fee is $20, and all screenplays are due by July 15. Lance Thompson, Hollywood script doctor, Boise State professor Clay Morgan and Sandra Cavanaugh from Silverdraft Studios will serve as judges for this year's competition.
First, second and third place writers will all receive feedback from Thompson.
The first-place winner will also receive $50 cash, a full pass to the film festival and the option to show his or her script to local production companies. Additionally, the winner will have a group of actors do a table reading of the first-place script at the film festival in September.
For more details, visit the festival's Web site at idahofilmfestival.com.
If visual art is more your thing, Art Source Gallery is gearing up for its eighth annual juried show in July.
Entries are due no later than Saturday, May 30, in the form of either slides or a CD of images. Winners will be notified by June 8, and the show opens on July 2 with awards announced that night. Best-of-show and the runners-up will each get a chunk of a $1,000 purse.
The show is open to all fine artists and media, with the exception of video and crafts. All submissions must be original works, must have been done within the last three years and there's a three-work limit on submissions.
Sculptor Sue Latta, a longtime Boise artist, will serve as juror for the show. There's a $25 jury fee (which covers all three entries).
For more information, call Barbara Louise Bowling at 208-336-0767 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.