Arts & Culture

John Burns / Crew members of the USS Medrick AMc 203

Life aboard a minesweeper in World War II was dangerous duty. The boats swept harbors and coastline for the deadly underwater mines planted by Germany and Japan.  Two men, who now live in Idaho, were part of the U.S. Navy’s minesweeping fleet.

Boise Dept. of Arts & History

Boise celebrates its sesquicentennial this month and we want to hear your stories about living in Idaho's capital city. Come share your stories at our July 11 community conversation. You'll hear perspectives on the city from our guests who will include a historian and a city councilor.

Our guests will include Barbara Perry Bauer, a local historian who co-owns TAG Historical Research and Consulting in Boise. She has a special interest in neighborhood history and urban development and has managed historic site surveys throughout the Treasure Valley.

StoryCorps

Marilyn Shuler is perhaps best known for her work as the director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission from 1978 to 1998.  She fought against the Aryan Nations and pushed for basic human rights in the Gem State. 

But what many people don’t know is that at the age of 10, Shuler was diagnosed with polio while she was living in Salem, Oregon.  She sat down in the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about how it felt growing up in the 1950s with the illness.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This time last year, Boise author Alan Heathcock gave two of his former students the green light to turn one of his stories into a film. Now, that film has wrapped up production. Here are some of the people behind the filming of Smoke.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

There’s something breathtaking about watching a real-life cowboy ride his horse through this green pasture near McCall, Idaho.

This Roy Rogers – not the 50’s era icon – is Alan Heathcock’s version of the star. The actor pulls the reigns gently, swings to the ground, and saunters over to a young man leaning half-dazed against an aspen tree.  

"Hey, Vernon," he says.

"Hey Roy. She's a hot one, ain't she?" asks the young man.

"It's hotter than a bull's breath out here."  

Volkan Alkanoglu Design

Boise’s arts and history department is calling – again – for artists to submit sculpture proposals for a revamped City Hall Plaza. The announcement comes after the Capital City Development Corporation [CCDC] threw out the finalists the city had previously endorsed.

Courtesy of RTDNA

Boise State Public Radio’s website has been named the best in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The organization announced Wednesday, the winners of the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Awards. These awards honor the highest caliber journalism being produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

StoryCorps Mobile Booth Downtown Boise
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

For the next month, an Airstream trailer will be parked on the sidewalk outside Boise’s City Hall. It’s the mobile recording booth for the national oral history project known as StoryCorps. The mobile studios travel the country collecting people's stories.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The national recording project known as StoryCorps returns to Boise today.

It was May 16, 2008 when Jeff Wilson brought his wife Brenda to the mobile recording booth - an Airstream trailer - outside Boise City Hall.  He wanted to talk about his son, also named Jeff, who was born with Down syndrome.  He talked about the 25-year journey they had taken, since their son was first diagnosed:

Storycorps

StoryCorps, the national oral history project, opens its mobile recording booth in Boise Monday.  For the next month, Idahoans will step into the Airstream trailer parked at Boise City Hall and record their stories.

What it's like to travel the country with StoryCorps...

Matthew Wordell

Two Boise filmmakers will call it a wrap Saturday after a week of filming in southern Idaho. Earlier this year, Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker raised money to produce a film version of Alan Heathcock’s short story, “Smoke.”

DKM Photography

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens its 2013 season this weekend. The organization “Americans for the Arts” estimates the festival put about $3.3 million into Idaho’s economy last year. More than 58,000 people spent an evening under the stars at the festival’s amphitheater in Boise last summer. Managers expect more than 60,000 this year.

Marc Whitman / Flickr Creative Commons

As promised, Animal Collective will play in Boise.

The experimental musicians were scheduled to headline this year’s Treefort Music Fest. But when the band's lead member came down with a bad case of strep throat, the group canceled its spring tour – including their visit to Boise.

Volkan Alkanoglu Design

Boise is looking for artists to create the city’s first sculpture on a traffic roundabout. The Department of Arts and History is accepting proposals for a project at the new 30th Street extension.

If selected, the artist will be paid $30,000 through a neighborhood reinvestment grant.  

StoryCorps
StoryCorps

StoryCorps has recorded and archived more than 45,000 personal stories since the oral history project launched in 2003. Now, you'll have an opportunity to add your voice.

StoryCorps has partnered with Boise State Public Radio to bring the mobile recording studio to Boise from June 10 through July 6.

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