Idaho Commission on the Arts

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The Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) turns 50 this year. The organization, which is funded equally by state and federal funds, has a lot planned for its future. They're celebrating their big year with an arts-fueled social media campaign they're asking the public to take part in. (For more info on Art Sparks! Day, click here.)

 

Ada County Statehouse Capitol Building Minority Leader Rusche
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House lawmakers pulled a surprise move Thursday and killed the modest funding proposal for the Commission on the Arts.

The Idaho House voted 36-33 to spike the $1.9 million budget proposal with no lawmakers debating in favor or against. The budget would have bumped funding by 2.6 percent for fiscal year 2017.

Eight Democratic lawmakers voted alongside Republicans to throw out the commission's budget.

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The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is rounding out her two-day visit to Idaho today. Chairman Jane Chu has toured arts facilities in Boise and Twin Falls during her trip, after being invited to Idaho by Congressman Mike Simpson.

Chu says she wanted to see firsthand some of the projects the NEA is helping to fund in the state.

“The NEA has funded a number of projects here in Boise," says Chu, "and also we’re so appreciative of what the Idaho Arts Commission is doing.”