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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Idaho August 4-5, 2015

Trip includes visits in Boise and Twin Falls

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Jane Chu

NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Strauss Peyton Studios

Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit Idaho August 4-5, 2015 at the invitation of Congressman Mike Simpson. This will be her first visit to Idaho as Chairman and will include site visits in Boise and Twin Falls. Follow @NEAJaneChu on Twitter for updates and photos on her trip to Idaho.

Chairman Chu will begin her visit in Boise at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy on August 4 where she and Congressman Mike Simpson will attend a reception with arts leaders from across the state, hosted by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Following this event, Chairman Chu will be available for short one-on-one media interviews. Media who wish to interview Chairman Chu should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov. Next, she will tour the Academy with representatives from Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, and Opera Idaho.

That afternoon, Chairman Chu will tour The Cabin: A Center for Readers & Writers and meet with students taking part in its Summer Writing Camps. Chairman Chu will also meet with The Cabin’s Teaching-Writers who will address the work of The Cabin in the community, including the Readings & Conversation series which the NEA supports.

Chairman Chu will then visit the refugee services organization Artisans for Hope, which has received support from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Chairman Chu will meet with the artists and the organization’s leaders about Voices in Transition, the exhibition of story quilts created by refugees who resettled in Boise, Idaho.

On August 5, Chairman Chu and Congressman Mike Simpson will visit Twin Falls to tour the Twin Falls Center for the Arts – which is supported by the Idaho Arts Commission – and learn more about the arts in Magic Valley.

That afternoon, Chairman Chu will visit Boise State University to learn more about its NEA-supported study of the relationships between universities and creative clusters in the Intermountain West region.  As part of this project, researchers will interview university administrators in Colorado, Nevada, and Idaho to understand their perceptions of local cultural assets and strategies for investing in the arts. Researchers will also develop a research-based impact assessment tool that universities can use to determine the ways in which they support artist-driven economic development and the ways to consider improving their roles as arts economic development anchors.

The following events are closed to the public but open to media. Media must contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744 if they would like to attend or request an interview with Chairman Chu.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

10:00–11:00am  Reception with arts leaders. This event is closed to the public but open to media.

Location: Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Congressman Mike Simpson

Michael Faison, executive director, Idaho Commission on the Arts


11:00–11:30am Media availability. Media who wish to request a short one-on-one interview with Chairman Chu should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Location: Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702


11:30am–12:15pm Tour of Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy

Location: 516 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Faison, executive director, Idaho Commission on the Arts


1:30–2:30pm  Site visit with The Cabin

Location: 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Faison, executive director, Idaho Commission on the Arts

Britt Udesen, executive director, The Cabin

Katie Fuller, program assistant, The Cabin

Teaching-Writers, The Cabin

Students participating in Summer Writing Camps


3:00–4:30pm Site visit with Artisans for Hope

Location: 723 N. 15th Street, Boise, ID 83702

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Faison, executive director, Idaho Commission on the Arts

Hildy Ayer, AFH founder and board president, Artisans for Hope

Elaine Garris, executive director, Artisans for Hope

Story Quilt Artisans


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

11:00–11:30am Tour of Twin Falls Center for the Arts

Location: 195 River Vista Place, Suite 101, Twin Falls, ID 83301

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Congressman Mike Simpson

Carolyn White, executive director, Magic Valley Arts Council

Melissa Crane, marketing director, Magic Valley Arts

Mary Lou Panatopoulos, president of the Board of Directors, Magic Valley Arts Council

Don Hall, Mayor of Twin Falls                                     

Michael Faison, executive director, Idaho Commission on the Arts


3:30–4:30pm Presentation and discussion about Boise State University research

Location: Hatch C Ballroom, Boise State Student Union Building, 1700 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Faison, executive director, Idaho Commission on the Arts

Amanda Ashley, assistant professor, Community and Regional Planning, Boise State University

Leslie Durham, associate dean and professor of theatre arts, Boise State University

Contact

Liz Auclair (NEA), auclaire@arts.gov, 202-682-5744

Nikki Wallace (Congressman Simpson), Nikki.Wallace@mail.house.gov

Stuart Weiser (Idaho Commission on the Arts), stuart.weiser@arts.idaho.gov, 208-334-2119