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Winter 2005 Report

December • January • February

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Coeur d'Alene Seeking Public Input on Public Art

Most communities have public art erected in common spaces for the viewing and, hopefully, enjoyment of the entire community. However, not all efforts at public art take into consideration the input of its intended beneficiary--the public. That's not the case in Coeur d'Alene, where the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission, together with the City of Coeur d'Alene and the Lake City Development Corporation, is working toward a new plan to organize the community's efforts in public art with an online survey. To participate in the survey and give your input, visit www.coeurdaleneidaho.org.

Grammy Award-winning Vocalist to Appear at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The University of Idaho has hosted its Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival since 1968. In the nearly 40 years since its inception, the annual festival has grown from a one-day event to a four-day festival and has hosted such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Vaughan and Lionel Hampton and his New York Big Band.

The 2006 festival, scheduled for February 22 to 25, will host singer Jack Jones, who has produced over 50 recordings and won two Grammy Awards. He will perform with the Lionel Hampton New York Big Band at the Saturday concert.

Jones' best-known recording may be his recording of the TV theme song to The Love Boat.

"We are very excited to have Jack Jones be a part of the jazz festival," said Lynn Skinner, executive director of the festival. "Mel Torme called him 'the greatest pure singer in the world,' and teaming him with the Lionel Hampton Big Band promises to be a highlight event."

Tickets for the 2006 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival are on sale now, ranging from $21 to $31. For more information, visit the festival's Web site at www.jazz.uidaho.edu.

Art Meets Business in New U of I Course

Those engaged in the creative arts aren't necessarily known for their business heads. In college courses on visual art, music, acting and other fine arts, the craft is taught, but the way to engage in one's art as a business endeavor isn't. The University of Idaho is offering a new course to help artists find the bridge between painting and payment.

The spring semester class (available as an upper-division course or as part of a continuing education program) is sponsored by the university's Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works, a program devoted to entrepreneurial learning, performance and commercialization.

The cross-disciplinary course, entitled "Business 404: Business Basics for the Performing and Studio Arts," was developed by business professor Norman Pendegraft and music professor Dan Bukvich. Students in the class will would receive practical knowledge about the realities of establishing and maintaining a career in the arts, with the goal of helping students be successful in the business of professional art by helping them to develop a comprehensive business plan, identify their customer base and manage money.

For more information about the program, visit www.view.uidaho.edu.

Public Art Installed at Kooskia

Artists David Govedare and Keith Powell have been selected to create a Chinook-themed sculpture for the Kooskia community to be installed near the Kooskia Visitor Information Kiosk at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and State Highway 13.

The Chinook design was selected from 19 proposals received by Communities Creating Connections, Inc., in response to a call for artists throughout Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana.

Govedare and Powell are from Chewelah, Washington, but are known in north Idaho for a prior public art project. They designed the Lewis and Clark-themed sculptures at the entrance to the city of Lewiston.

The Kooskia project consists of seven stainless steel Chinook salmon sculptures depicted swimming upstream to traditional spawning grounds.

Project sponsor Communities Creating Connections plans to facilitate more wilderness-themed public art installations for the Kooskia community.

North Idaho College Student Newspaper Receives Awards

Writers for North Idaho College's student newspaper, The Sentinel, received honors from last fall's National Collegiate Press convention held in Kansas City.

The paper won a Pacemaker Award for general excellence in college newspapers. Only five community college papers won the award, with the other 20 Pacemakers going to papers at universities. In addition, The Sentinel's adviser and NIC journalism instructor Nils Rosdahl was nominated and inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Community College Journalism Association and one of the paper's reporters received an honorable mention for National Report of the Year.

To find out more about The Sentinel or the college's journalism program, visit them on the Web at www.nic.edu.