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The Idaho Commission on the Arts announced its fiscal year 2020 annual grants, totaling $544,008 to 76 organizations and schools spanning 24 communities throughout the state.

Organizations and schools receiving grants will match their awards with locally-generated funds. Locally, the non-profit Downtown Driggs Association earned more than $3,500 from the ICA.

ICA Executive Director Michael Faison expressed appreciation to Idaho’s elected officials for their continued support for the Commission’s statewide programs.

“We are grateful to Governor Little and the Idaho Legislature for their ongoing civic commitment. Through these grants, Idahoans in every region gain access to their artistic heritage and Idaho youth engage in creative learning opportunities, both in and out of school,” he said in a news release last week.

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Idaho. The Commission promotes excellence, education in the arts, access to the arts, and community investment in the arts. Its professional staff develops and administers the programs and services of the agency, assists grant applicants, and provides technical assistance.

Idaho Humanities Council awards $60,255 in grants

The Idaho Humanities Council, the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, recently awarded $60,255 in grants to organizations and individuals.

Thirty-four awards include 14 major grants for public humanities programs, one planning grant, 12 Opportunity Grants, six Teacher Incentive Grants, and one other funded program. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.

The Valley of the Tetons Library, Driggs, was awarded $505 through the IHC for a presentation by musicians Michael Hurwitz and Jerry Linn. They presented songs about everyday life and events about the people who settled in Idaho. They included stories about the origins of the melodies, the history of the songs, and contemporary music.