"We're really hoping to get [the Caldwell-based Mariachi Sol de Acapulco ensemble] to perform because that would be really spectacular," said Jocelyn Robertson, public information officer for ICA.
GAA-winners are first nominated by members of their community, and those nominations are vetted by ICA's commissioners. Finally, they forward their list to the governor's office for his final decisions. Silver medallions designed by Idaho artist Elizabeth Wolf will be presented to the recipients at the award ceremony.
Winners this year come from across the state, from Coeur d'Alene and Salmon to Idaho Falls and Caldwell, and Robertson said she personally is impressed with the geographic representation in this year's awards.
"We are really excited at how it fell out geographically," she said. "We have the arts thriving throughout the state."
So without any further ado, here are the winners:
Excellence in the Arts:
Mark Neiwirth, pianist and educator, Pocatello
Diane Raptosh, writer and educator, Boise
Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts:
Mariachi Sol de Acapulco, ensemble, Caldwell
Jeff Minor, rawhide braider, silver engraver, saddlemaker, Salmon
Support of the Arts:
Surel’s Place, arts organization, Garden City
Support of Arts Education:
David Groth, retired fifth-grade teacher, Coeur d’Alene
Alexa Stanger, museum educator, Idaho Falls
Excellence in Arts Administration:
Kristin Poole, arts administrator, Ketchum
Carolyn White, arts administrator, Twin Falls
Boise Music Week, arts organization, Boise
Dan Looney, visual artist, Meridian