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Idaho Commission on the Arts announces grants

by Press Staff
| August 5, 2022 1:00 AM

The Idaho Commission on the Arts announced Monday its fiscal year 2023 annual grants, totaling $645,592, to 81 organizations and schools spanning 27 communities throughout the state.

Organizations and schools receiving grants will match their awards with locally generated funds.

Executive Director Michael Faison expressed appreciation to Idaho’s elected leaders for their support of the commission’s statewide services.

“We thank Gov. Little and the Idaho Legislature for their devotion to Idahoans’ rich artistic heritage," he said. "These grants are catalysts for Idahoans of all ages in every region to enjoy our rich cultural legacy and for Idaho students to thrive with creative learning opportunities in and out of school."

In announcing the grants, commission Chair Steve Allred said arts organizations play significant roles in the economic prosperity of Idaho cities and towns.

"Arts and cultural production in Idaho accounts for $1.8 billion and 2.2% of our state economy and supports 19,113 jobs, 3,509 of them directly," he said. "Artistic production is good business."

The list of 2023 annual grants to North Idaho entities follows.


Arts Education Project grants provide funding for activities that unite effective practices in education and the arts, and involve schools, artists and community organizations. They support teaching and learning opportunities for pre-K through 12th grade.

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint: $7,622

Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities, Coeur d’Alene: $6,879


Entry Track grants and Public Programs in the Arts grants provide stable, ongoing support for arts programs delivered by Idaho’s professional arts organizations. Funding for these programs culturally and economically strengthens Idaho while providing Idahoans with the invaluable experiences of performances, gallery exhibits, special events and workshops in all artistic disciplines. Successful applicants demonstrated exceptional artistic merit, clearly defined management and the public value of their work.

Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, Post Falls: $4,454

The Museum of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene: $7,056

Pend Oreille Arts Council, Sandpoint: $4,769


Carrousel Players of the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Coeur d’Alene: $5,888

Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance: $3,658

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra: $3,798

Creations for Sandpoint, Arts Alliance, Inc.: $5,132

Emerge CDA, Coeur d’Alene: $4,080

The Festival at Sandpoint: $11,123

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint: $4,523

The Panida Theater, Panida Committee, Inc., Sandpoint: $5,098