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Idaho Commission on the Arts
Lisa Flowers Ross, Collage, (detail), 2021
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Karl Henke, Bridge, 2016
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Saddle by Dale Harwood
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Danial Hidalgo creates a monotype print, 2016

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is a state agency dedicated to bringing the arts to all Idahoans. 

Arts Idaho strengthens our communities through the arts. 

We create a diverse network of arts champions throughout Idaho by bringing stakeholders together for conversation, collaboration, and creative visioning. We convene local and regional gatherings for artists and arts administrators, provide grants and technical assistance to arts and cultural organizations, and facilitate capacity building in communities to support arts jobs and businesses.

Arts Idaho makes arts education a priority. 

We know that students with an education bolstered by the arts have higher GPA’s, better test scores, and lower drop-out rates. Through our Arts Education Project grants, we encourage arts organizations and schools to work together. We work directly with schools and students through Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition that inspires an understanding of poetry through memorization and performance. And, knowing that arts education is valuable beyond the classroom and not just for kids, we send teaching-artists into veteran’s homes, libraries, and other community centers. 

Arts Idaho supports the efforts of individual artists including painters, writers, dancers and actors who are creating new projects that are seen by thousands of Idahoans each year. Our Folk and Traditional Arts Program helps to preserve, perpetuate, and celebrate the traditional arts in communities by supporting tradition bearers and Idaho folklife through documentation, public programming, and funding opportunities.

Read the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

Commissioners
Steve Allred: Chair, Montpelier
Diana Livingston Friedley: Vice Chair, Pocatello
Marsha Bjornn: Rexburg
Derek Dean: Hailey
Lynette Hale: Oakley
Jared Johnson: Twin Falls
Blair Williams: Coeur d'Alene
At-Large Members
Dyno Wahl: Sandpoint
Staff
Laura Curry

Executive Director

Jocelyn Robertson

Deputy Director

Jadee Carson

Grants Manager

Alison Espindola

Community Development Director

Steven Hatcher

Folk & Traditional Arts Director

John McMahon

Artist Services Director

Laura Roghaar

Arts Learning Services Director

Emily Ford

Program Support Specialist

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