Log Cabin Literacy Center (Boise, ID)


Students looking at a basket in a glass case at a museum

Crystal Martinez examines a display of Native American traditional crafts at the Natural History Museum at Idaho State University as part of the Log Cabin Literacy Center’s 2005 Summer Writing Camp. Photo courtesy of Log Cabin Literacy Center

Boise's Log Cabin Literacy Center (LCLC) has become the most visible and important place for writers to reach Idaho's reading and writing public. Founded in 1995, LCLC serves the community with educational and cultural programs in literature and literacy. Educational programs for young people are the largest part of LCLC's work, including the Writers in the Schools program that places professional writers in schools and the Summer Writing Camp at eight sites in the state to provide guidance to students in the art of writing.

In FY 2005, LCLC received an NEA Summer Schools in the Arts grant of $30,000 to support the Summer Writing Camp on the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho. The writing camp ran for three weeks in summer 2005 at the Reservation, home to the Shoshone and Bannock Tribes.

The workshop sessions, which were held in two locations on the Reservation for students in the Fort Hall Recreation Program and the Shoshone-Bannock School District, were followed by a wilderness camp, public readings, and preparation of an anthology of the students' writing. A tribal member assisted the writer/teacher with each workshop group.

The target population for the program was students in grades 4 through 12, and 57 participated in the program. Students explored the national sites on the Reservation and in surrounding canyons and river bottoms. Other activities were structured to bring students into deeper contact with the oral traditions of the tribe, providing opportunities for the students to write about their culture and history.

(From the NEA 2005 Annual Report)