Recognizing the importance of the arts is, of necessity, a community effort. In 1966 the elected representatives of our statewide community established the Idaho Commission on the Arts to stimulate and encourage throughout the state the study and presentation of the arts, and public interest and participation therein…and to encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression essential to the well-being of the arts. Commissioners, each appointed with regional considerations by the governor, began setting overall policies. The first state appropriation was made the following year, and three years later the Commission received its first grant in support of arts programs from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Idaho Commission on the Arts endeavors to provide quality experiences in the arts for all Idahoans.
JUST DOING IT
Arts administration is no less a community effort than is support of the arts. At the Commission, a professional staff provides resources, information, and technical assistance to artists and to arts and cultural organizations. In addition, the Commission administers grants, awards, and residencies for Idaho artists, schools, traditional artists, and arts organizations; publishes a statewide arts newsletter; and maintains an informative web site. The staff furnishes the commissioners with information about arts issues and grant applications, and they implement Commission policies; the commissioners, in turn, establish policies and approve panel recommendations concerning all grants and awards.
Despite the skein of rules and forms and panels—inconvenient perhaps to artists and arts organizations, but essential to stewardship of public monies—the arts in Idaho are well along the path to being part of every child’s education and central to the lives of most Idahoans. Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter invites you to join us in our journey together to grow the arts in Idaho.
Artistic creativity is a whirlpool of imagination that swirls in the depths of the mind. - Robert Toth