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2023 Arts grants announced

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Commission on the Arts announced its Fiscal Year 2023 annual grants, totaling $645,592 to 81 organizations and schools spanning 27 communities throughout the state.

Organizations and schools receiving grants will match their awards with locally generated funds. 

Executive Director Michael Faison expressed appreciation to Idaho’s elected leaders for their support of the Commission’s statewide services.

“We thank Governor Little and the Idaho Legislature for their devotion to Idahoans’ rich artistic heritage. These grants are catalysts for Idahoans of all ages in every region to enjoy our rich cultural legacy and for Idaho students to thrive with creative learning opportunities in and out of school.” 

In announcing the grants, Idaho Commission on the Arts Chair Steve Allred said, “Arts organizations play significant roles in the economic prosperity of Idaho cities and towns.  Arts and cultural production in Idaho accounts for $1.8 billion and 2.2% of our state economy and supports 19,113 jobs, 3,509 of them directly. Artistic production is good business.” 

The list of 2023 annual grants follows. 


Arts Education Project grants provide funding for activities that unite effective practices in education and the arts, and involve schools, artists, and community organizations. They support teaching and learning opportunities for pre-K through grade 12. 

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls $11,273 
Arts on Tour, College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls $10,928 
Ballet Idaho Boise $10,007 
Boise Art Museum Boise $10,928 
Boise Contemporary Theater Boise $10,467 
Boise Philharmonic Association Boise $10,007 
Burton Elementary School, Madison School District #321 Rexburg $10,467 
The Cabin Boise $5,705 
Caldwell Fine Arts Series Caldwell $3,451 
Cascade Cultural Arts Center, Horizons Lifestyle and Education Team Cascade $6,191 
Cascade School District #422 Cascade $4,519 
Festival Dance & Performing Arts Association Moscow $10,582 
Historic Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre Friends, Inc. Glenns Ferry $1,247 
Idaho Falls Arts Council Idaho Falls $9,892 
Idaho Falls Symphony Idaho Falls $9,777 
Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation Boise $6,672 
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Boise $10,007 
Idaho State-Civic Symphony Pocatello $6,518 
Lapwai School District #341 Lapwai $3,374 
Laughing Stock Theatre Co. Sun Valley $5,460 
McCall Arts & Humanities Council McCall $8,681 
McCall Folklore Society McCall $7,055 
McCall Music Society McCall $9,777 
Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Sandpoint $7,622 
Palouse Prairie Charter School, Palouse Prairie Educational Organization Moscow $11,043 
Readers Theater Works! Boise $7,252 
Seven Devils New Play Foundry, id Theatre, Inc. McCall $8,037 
Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities, Coeur d’Alene School District #271 Coeur d’Alene $6,879 
Stay-in-School Quinceanera Program Organization Boise $7,285 
Sun Valley Museum of Art, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities Sun Valley $10,697 
Swan Valley School District #92 Irwin $3,106 
Writers at Harriman, Friends of Idaho State Parks, Inc. Island Park $5,092 


Entry Track grants and Public Programs in the Arts grants provide stable, ongoing support for the arts programs delivered by Idaho’s professional arts organizations. Funding for these programs strengthens our state culturally and economically, while providing Idahoans with the invaluable experiences of performances, gallery exhibits, special events, and workshops in all artistic disciplines. Successful applicants demonstrated exceptional artistic merit, clearly defined management, and the public value of their work. 

The Boise Bard Players Boise $2,010 
Boise Hive Boise $3,247 
Cascade Cultural Arts Center, Horizons Lifestyle and Education Team Cascade $3,189 
Death Rattle Writers Festival Nampa $1,809 
Global Lounge Boise $3,390 
Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, Community Building Partners Post Falls $4,454 
Ketchum Arts Commission, City of Ketchum Ketchum $3,247 
MING Studios Boise $2,925 
Museum of North Idaho Coeur d’Alene $7,056 
Pend Oreille Arts Council Sandpoint $4,769 
Project Flux Dance Boise $2,010 
Sun Valley Performing Arts Center Ketchum $10,912 
Teton Arts Council Driggs $4,181 
Treasure Valley Children's Theater Meridian $5,177 
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise State University Boise $11,916 


The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls $5,867 
Artisans 4 Hope Boise $3,218 
Arts on Tour, College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls $3,547 
Auditorium Chamber Music Series, University of Idaho Moscow $3,277 
Ballet Idaho Boise $11,515 
Basque Museum & Cultural Center Boise $6,155 
Boise Art Museum Boise $13,607 
Boise Baroque Boise $3,308 
Boise City Department of Arts & History Boise $11,062 
Boise Contemporary Theater Boise $8,977 
Boise Philharmonic Boise $13,318 
The Cabin Boise $6,466 
Caldwell Fine Arts Series Caldwell $4,931 
Carrousel Players of the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre Coeur  d’Alene $5,888 
Challis Arts Council Challis  $2,977 
City of Moscow, Arts Department Moscow $5,799 
City of Rexburg, Cultural Arts Department Rexburg $5,264 
Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance Coeur d’Alene $3,658 
Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Coeur d’Alene $3,798 
College of Western Idaho Nampa $4,703 
Creations for Sandpoint, Arts Alliance, Inc. Sandpoint $5,132 
Downtown Driggs Community Association Driggs $4,115 
Emerge CDA Coeur d’ Alene $4,080 
The Festival at Sandpoint Sandpoint $11,123 
Festival Dance & Performing Arts Association Moscow $5,284 
HomeGrown Theatre Boise $2,718 
Idaho Falls Arts Council Idaho Falls $10,588 
Idaho Falls Symphony Idaho Falls $7,163 
Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre Idaho Falls $3,724 
Idaho Regional Ballet Eagle $3,918 
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Boise $15,215 
Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association Pocatello $4,792 
Laughing Stock Theatre Co. Sun Valley $4,926 
LCSC Center for Arts & History, Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston $5,009 
LED, Lauren Edson Dance, Inc. Boise $5,136 
Magic Valley Arts Council Twin Falls $4,948 
McCall Arts & Humanities Council McCall $4,377 
McCall Folklore Society McCall $2,791 
McCall Music Society McCall $3,798 
Mountain Home Arts Council Mountain Home $2,648 
Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Sandpoint $4,523 
The Music Theatre of Idaho Nampa $5,366 
National Oldtime Fiddlers' Weiser $5,563 
Opera Idaho Boise $7,825 
The Panida Theater, Panida Committee, Inc.,  Sandpoint $5,098 
Radio Boise, Boise Community Radio Project Boise $5,627 
Rock on Wheels Boise $4,266 
Seven Devils New Play Foundry, id Theatre, Inc. McCall $4,028 
Story Story Night Boise $3,730 
Sun Valley Film Festival Sun Valley $8,286 
Sun Valley Museum of Art, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Inc. Sun Valley $15,986 
Surel’s Place Boise $3,241 
Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center Hailey $5,090 
Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance Boise $2,143 
Washington Idaho Symphony Association Moscow $3,567 
Writers at Harriman, Friends of Idaho State Parks, Inc. Island Park $2,143 
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