Lyndon Johnson signs legislation creating the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA issues grants to spark the creation of state arts agencies.
Governor Robert E. Smylie creates an ad hoc commission by executive order. 20 Commissioners from throughout the state are appointed to explore the feasibility of creating a new state agency.
Governor Don Samuelson signs legislation creating the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Idaho receives its first NEA grant for programs: $26,400.
Commission is reduced from twenty to thirteen members.
First Governor's Awards in the Arts are given during a statewide arts conference held at the Rodeway Inn, Boise.
Second Governor’s Conference is held in Boise, featuring keynote speaker Vincent Price.
Agency adds a Programs Director (primarily to run the Artists in Schools program) and a secretary, doubling the staff.
The Commission moves from temporary quarters in the Old Assay Office on Main Street to the Alexander House on State St.
Legislature drops “and Humanities” from the Commission’s name. Project grants for individual artists are established.
The new Folk Arts program begins documenting and supporting the work of traditional artists.
Legislature appropriates $15,000 for Arts in Rural Towns, the first general fund appropriation for a specific program.
ICA sponsors the first Cowboy Poetry gathering in Salmon.
Commission celebrates 20 years.
Legislature appropriates $100,000 for the Cultural Facilities program, providing restoration and improvement funds for arts venues.
NEA chair John Frohnmayer participates in the Governor's Awards in the Arts.
NEA funding cut by 40%, resulting in 21% cut of the Commission’s partnership grant. Staff reduced from 13.5 to 11 full time employees.
Agency launches its first web site.
For the first time, Visual Arts Fellowship exhibitions are held in three Idaho sites.
ICA presents Arts Matter!, a statewide conference in the arts.
Commission offices move to the Warden’s House, Old Penitentiary Historic District.
Arts Powered Schools Summer Institute is established—a six-day professional development opportunity devoted to improving basic arts skills of teachers, administrators, and teaching artists.
Inaugural year of Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest for high school students.
Dale Harwood and Horace Axtell receive National Heritage Fellowships.
The Idaho Change Leader Institute is established to train Idaho’s local arts leaders in organizational and community planning.
NEA Chair Jane Chu visits the Twin Falls Center for the Arts and other southwest Idaho locations.