In fiscal year 2013, the Idaho Commission on the Arts awarded $570,000 in grants across Idaho. Given for everything from folk and traditional arts apprenticeships to public programs, the grants ranged from $1,000 to nearly $17,000, benefiting individuals, organizations, communities and schools.
The ICA is holding its quarterly meeting Friday, Feb. 7, from 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Founder's Room at the Morrison Center on the campus of Boise State University. The discussion will include financial reports, arts funding, a report from ICA Executive Director Michael Faison and planning for the biennial Governor's Awards in the Arts, which takes place in 2015. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public. Public comment is encouraged and scheduled for 10:20 a.m. and 1 p.m. A meeting agenda is available upon request. Visit arts.idaho.gov or call 208-334-2119 for more information.
Speaking of grants, the deadline to submit an application for a 2014 Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction Grant is Friday, Feb. 14. Visit boiseweekly.com/boise/WEBoiseWeeklyCommunityFund to download an application.
And speaking of grant recipients, renowned artist, author and geographer Trevor Paglen--who has received grants and awards from the likes of the Smithsonian and Art Matters--will be in Boise as part of the Boise State art department's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program on Thursday, Feb. 6.
In his bio, Paglen's work is described as "blurring the boundaries between science, contemporary art, journalism and other disciplines." Often involving military symbology, surveillance and geography, he told a crowd of international hackers at the 30th annual Chaos Communication Congress in 2013, "One of the overarching themes of my projects has to do with trying to push vision and trying to push perception as far as I can, usually to the point it breaks down."
Paglen's work has been shown at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, been written about in the New Yorker and ArtForum International, and talked about on The Colbert Report. Paglen has penned a number of books and articles, including 2007's I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World, a photographic collection of odd, sometimes ominous and all-too-real shoulder patches of covert U.S. military divisions.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Paglen speak, free of charge. No hidden agenda.
Trevor Paglen lecture, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., FREE. Boise State SPEC Center, 1910 University Drive, boisestate.edu.