COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund Awardees

5 MONTHS AGO

Thank you to all the creatives who submitted applications and continue to contribute to the cultural vitality of the Treasure Valley.

Of 188 total applicants, 69 local creators will receive a $1,000 commission to create a work that explores, documents, and/or reflects on personal and social experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. A select group of awardees have also been granted access to Surel’s Place as a resource to fulfill their commission.

The CCC Fund is made possible by 80 generous donors who contributed a combined $69,000. Funders include the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, ExtraMile Arena, the Rolph Charitable Fund, Carol Swig and dozens of individuals who contributed via the Treefort Community Fund on Cauze.

Proposed projects explore themes and occurrences stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, including connection, solitude, nature, community, food production, mask making, mental health, self-expression in isolation, the new awkwardness of human interactions, making amends with loneliness, and more. Media that creators will be working with include printmaking, mixed media, dance, music, poetry, painting, film, theater, textiles, animation, photography, illustration, food, glass, sculpture, and more.

About CCC Fund

The collaborative effort of the COVID Cultural Commissioning (CCC) Fund, a partnership organized by Treefort Music Fest, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and the Boise City Department of Arts & History, was initiated April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact socially and economically to the creative sector of the Treasure Valley. Local cultural leaders came together to outline a mission and goals for funding creative projects and solicited funds from both major organizations and private individual donors.

The call-to-creatives was open for applications between April 29, 2020 and May 8, 2020. During that time, we received 188 applications for projects across numerous disciplines. After the close of the application period, submissions were collated, organized, and sent out to a twelve-member review and selection committee composed of local, regional, and national cultural professionals.

Each panelist received and scored 30 applications as a primary reviewer and 15+ as a secondary reviewer. Scores were tallied and those in the top 45 percent of the scoring rubric (10 points for financial need, 10 points for artist statement, 50 points for project proposal, 30 points for work samples) were brought forward for discussion, with the opportunity for any panelist to bring forth any applicant who had not made the top 45 percent but that they felt should be considered. The panel then met on a Zoom call for five hours, reviewing 85 applications collectively and making a decision to fund them or not. Each applicant was discussed on their application merits, specifically looking at the strength of the proposal, the artistic quality, and the potential community impact of the proposed work. 69 awardees were chosen based on funds raised.

The CCC Awardees Are:

ANGEL ABAYA

MUSIC

Solo artist Angel will produce an EP and short film called Quaranmood, giving people an intimate look into the everyday ups and downs of life during shelter in place.

MIGUEL ALMEIDA

PRINT

Printmaker Miguel Almeida will make a series of art works celebrating unsung heroes, the immigrants working in the agriculture fields to keep Americans fed during this crisis.

LINDSEY APPELL

POETRY

Poet Lindsey Appell will write in hybrid prose and poetic forms to create a book-length project exploring the idea of found family in the face of what feels like apocalyptic circumstances.


JULIA BALLENGER

SCULPTURE

Artist Julia Ballenger will create a body of figurative clay sculptures celebrating touch and the tenderness of intimacy.

KATHLEEN BARRETT

WRITING

Kathleen Barrett will develop an online family chronicle of the quarantine exploring themes about family heirlooms, religious sanctuary, food insecurity, gardening and home cooking.

WENDY BLICKENSTAFF

PRINT

Printmaker Wendy Blickenstaff will make two bodies of printmaking works pairing ideas about finding comfort during quarantine as well as documenting the raw feelings and experiences of people during COVID-19.


BOISE SPOKEN WORD COLLECTIVE

SAMANTHA VAN DOREN, DONA OCHOA, AND ROAM YOCHAM

POETRY

This Boise Spoken Word Collective will create a book of poetry and prose that reflect the experiences of creatives around the Boise area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TYLER BREWINGTON

POETRY

Writer Tyler Brewington will create a collection of poems exploring the ways in which this pandemic, and our responses to it, reveal and reflect our most fundamental beliefs related to faith – faith in science, faith in community, faith in government, faith in self, and faith in faith itself.

IRVIN BROWN

MUSIC

Irvin Brown, a hip-hop artist, producer, and audio engineer, will create a collaborative artistic and musical series working with local artists of color, exemplifying the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and the poor.


TAMARA ANN CAMERON

FOOD

Social-activist artist Tamara Ann Cameron, working at the intersection of food production and event planning, will partner with farmers’ market leaders to enhance health, sustainability and community resilience with new delivery systems for their markets.

ASHLEY DREYFUS

MURAL

Mixed-media artist Ashley Dreyfus will explore the importance of transportation and accessibility during a crisis and how a community continues its resiliency through bicycles by painting a mural on Boise Bicycle Project’s wall.

ANNA DUNFORD

MUSIC

Musician Anna Dunford will create a marimba solo with choreographed movement that seeks to answer the question of “did the reality of the past allow anyone to see themselves?” and “how can we make space to see ourselves in our new future?”


LAUREN EDSON

DANCE

Dancer and choreographer Lauren Edson will create a film of four solos, choreographed and performed by herself, that reflects both the urgency to connect and the silence of self-reflection in isolation.

DYLAN ELLER

MUSIC

Working with local musicians, Dylan Eller will record a selection of songs written during the COVID-19 Quarantine with lyrics exploring themes of escapism, isolation, inequality, and community.

RACHEL EMENAKER

TAPESTRY

Artist Rachel Emenaker brings a global perspective to her proposal to create a mixed media tapestry reflecting on the interconnected impact of COVID-19 locally and internationally.

 


KATIE FULLER

POETRY

Poet Katie Fuller will write a series of epistolary poems called “Letters from New Pandemia” that will be sent, as letters, to fellow Treasure Valley writers, artists, or cultural allies.

CODY GITTINGS

FILM

Cinematographer Cody Gittings will create a documentary film of friends while abiding by the self-isolation protocols, revealing the struggles and triumphs of life in collective isolation.

TEAL GARDNER

VISUAL ART

Visually representing the interconnectedness of species and celebrating the inherent strangeness of ecological relationships, artist Teal Gardner will create small posted signs for people to respond to and take-home images for people to color.


WALTER GERALD

PRINT

Screenprinter Walter Gerald will design and screen print a COVID-19 themed western-inspired poster to be distributed throughout the Treasure Valley as a message of hope and solidarity.

AMY GRANGER

TEXTILES

Amy Granger will work with local quilters to create improvisational, collaborative quilts, asking questions of each other about loss of control, responsibility and connection.

KEVIN HUELSMANN

FOOD

Kevin Huelsmann, a professional cook, will create a community cookbook that acts as a vehicle for stories, reflection, and documentation about how families are finding comfort, experimenting with recipes, and feeding themselves in this stressful time.


DANISH ISHAQ

FILM

Filmmaker Danish Ishaq will create a documentary film exploring the creative world of Uffy Lane Snyder, a musician released from prison into the Covid-19 quarantine. The film will follow Uffy and his family, inquiring into how the experience of incarceration affected him and how he is able to rebuild his life during a pandemic.

LUMA JASIM

STOP-MOTION ANIMATION

A mixed-media artist who hails from Iraq, Luma Jasim will create a stop-motion animation of a traditional Iraqi scarf moving around the streets of Boise, representing herself longing for the life that was full of energy and people.

BEN KONKOL

ANIMATION

Ben Konkol will create multiple animations, based on photographs, depicting issues of isolation, problematic circumstances, and victimization revealed by COVID-19 circumstances.


HEIDI KRAAY

PLAYWRITING

Documenting our personal experiences of COVID-19, embracing healing from self-reflection, and recording stories about this time that can be shared with future generations, Heidi Kraay will use her playwriting skills to craft a new work.

CATHERINE KYLE

POETRY

Poet Catherine Kyle will explore ideas about resilience and hope in these difficult times, and how domestic spaces can be imagined as sites of enchantment and transformation.

PETER LOVERA

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographer Peter Lovera will produce a series of photographs layering images of farmers over landscapes of their crops to connect people to the farmers who feed us.


KATE MASTERSON

PAINTING

Sourcing stories from community members in Boise, then responding intuitively, painter Kate Masterson will focus on the intangible moments of joy and sorrow our friends are experiencing.

DEVIN MCCOMAS

MUSIC

Musician Devin McComas will enact a “songwriting circle” between 4-8 Boise musicians, where each musician writes a song about their quarantine experience as well as producing another’s song.

MAGGIE MCCORMICK

ILLUSTRATION

Aiming to illustrate the feelings of isolation, loss, and danger associated with COVID-19, artist Maggie McCormick will create a series of comics connecting multiple scenarios within the pandemic.


ELISABETH SHARP MCKETTA

WRITING

Writer Elisabeth Sharp McKetta will write a novel in verse for kids that explores the ways that a pandemic impacts children, specifically children living in small houses or apartments.

REMI MCMANUS

FOOD

Focused on the growth and sustainability of Idaho’s local food chain, chef and entrepreneur Remi McManus will work with Idaho’s farmers, grocers, restaurants, and workers to provide food to insecure populations.

STEPHEN R. MILLER

WRITING

Stephen R. Miller will write an essay or short book about the connected sense of place he found in Idaho during the coronavirus while living in America’s fastest growing city.


SADI MOSKO

DANCE

Dancer and choreographer Sadi Mosko will create a dance film set in the foothills, centered on humans’ relationship with the environment and the sustainability of our way of life.

ERIC MULLIS & KELLY COX

SCULPTURE

Artist Eric Mullis and his wife Kelly Cox will use their medium of clay to create a metaphorical pandemic survival kit, made of sculptural knot tying diagrams, safety equipment and tools representing the loss of safety and control.

LIAM NEUPERT

TEXTILES

Textile artist Liam Neupert will collect responses to prompts about how people are finding comfort and translate answers into a patchwork that will be used to create things that we find comfort in such as clothing, quilts, or prayer flags.


LETA MARIE HARRIS NEUSTAEDTER

MUSIC

Musician, songwriter and actor Leta Marie Harris Neustaedter will collect postcards of how COVID-19 is impacting people’s lives, translate these thoughts into songs, and collaborate with a filmmaker to make a music video of the songs about the postcards.

THOMAS DARRELL NEWBY

MUSIC

Musician, theatre director, film producer and sound designer Thomas Newby will release a collection of songs, called Quarantine Mixtape, all by Treasure Valley musicians created during the quarantine.

DANIEL OJEDA

DANCE

Dancer and choreographer Daniel Ojeda will create “Now Taking Requests,” a series of short dance films for anyone who requests one; requesters can specify music, tone, concept, type of dance, outfit, or setting.


GRANT OLSEN

PAINTING

Painting tree branches bright colors to create an outdoor installation, visual artist Grant Olsen will use his art to create a meditative place that will also deliver joy.

AMIRI OSMAN

PAINTING

Visual artist Amiri Osman will create a colorful mural at Global Lounge’s space to communicate what some people in the Treasure Valley community are feeling during this pandemic period.

TROY PASSEY

VISUAL ART

Artist Troy Passey will create minimal text-based compositions on paper that reflect on the balance of culture and nature and the need for finding reconciliation during this pandemic.


BRETT PERRY

FOOD

Dancer-turned-farmer Brett Perry will capture the stories of local farmers and the challenges of continuing to produce and deliver food to the community during the time of COVID-19.

AMY PENCE-BROWN

POETRY

In “Poems In A Pandemic”, Amy Pence-Brown will address the demands of caring for a family of five as a mother in Boise, including homeschooling three young children & confronting ideas of health, death and fear.

MELISSA RECHE

GLASS ART

Glass artist Melissa Reche will create an installation of glass work exploring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.


JODEEN REVERE

THEATER

Actor, writer, and three-time cancer survivor Jodeen Revere will create a new one-woman play about isolation, survival, and perspectives on “normality.”

AMANDA RANTH

POETRY

Amanda Ranth will craft poems that speak to our reactions as humans to our collective vulnerability and mine the many questions that arise from the impact of a pandemic.

ALED ROBERTS

MUSIC

Aled Roberts, a violinist and film composer, will put together an ensemble of Boise-based musicians, including woodwinds, brass, cello, and vocals, to record two film scores.


HANNAH RODABAUGH

POETRY

Hannah Rodabaugh will complete a chapbook manuscript of poetry about the second plague pandemic (1348-1700) that is informed by COVID-19.

SUSAN BRUNS ROWE

NONFICTION

Susan Bruns Rowe will create a hybrid work of creative nonfiction to explore what it’s like for her sister to gain her personal freedom from prison in the midst of pandemic and quarantine.

IZZE RUMPP

FASHION

A curator and stylist of vintage/secondhand clothing, Izze Rumpp will ponder how we choose to dress in these unusual times, reflecting answers in a series of stylized photographs.


KAY SEURAT

VISUAL ART

Kay Seurat will use her skills as a metalsmith and maker of wearable art to create masks while considering themes of isolation and protection.

CHAD SHOHET

VISUAL ART

Using the form of shadow cutouts, multi-disciplinary artist Chad Shohet will create works that are pleas to fight the pandemic with social distancing and celebrations of healthcare professionals fighting the virus.

MIKE SHIPMAN

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Shipman, an environmental photographer, will make a limited edition handmade book of photographs, essays, and poetry as an exploration of the pandemic and his interpretations of the local, national, and global response.


SHRIRAM SIVARAMAKRISHNAN

POETRY

Poet Shriram Sivaramakrishnan will create strains of poems that, taken together, mimic the mutation of the novel coronavirus as it moved across continents.

ANGELA M. SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHY

19 Love Stories is a photographic series of locals that Angela M. Smith will create to help Boiseans get to know each other during this time of social distance.

ANDREW STENSAAS

MUSIC

Musician and producer Andrew Stensaas will write a music series about the experience of being isolated with his wife and children during the quarantine – the joys, the fights, his inner dialogue, and the anxiety of watching the evening news.


JESSIE SWIMELEY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jessie Swimeley, a photographer, will explore the positive and negative spaces we now occupy using cyanotype contact printing. She will also invite the public to workshops to create a community work representing fluctuating feelings during COVID-19.

RACHEL TEANNALACH

PAINTING

Rachel Teannalach will create a series of paintings about the awkwardness we are facing in our human interactions and the difficulty of navigating our new boundaries of personal space.

JESS TORNGA

MURAL

Visual artist Jess Tornga will create a mural based on prints she has made exploring normalizing the importance of feeling one’s feelings, no matter how silly or dramatic they may be.


RANDY VAN DYCK

PAINTING

Painter Randy Van Dyck will use language, symbols, objects, and images to create a series of paintings exploring themes related to isolation and a familiar sense of place.

ZACH VOSS

FILM

Filmmaker Zach Voss will shoot and direct a short documentary film about the Passover of 2020 while under a stay-at-home order, as experienced by the Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel (CABI) led by Rabi Daniel Fink.

MYKELLE WALTON

CIRCUS ART

Circus artist and aerialist Mykelle Walton will explore definitions, forms, and perceptions of “work,” making an aerial rope act.


TRAVIS C. WARD

MUSIC

Singer, songwriter, and recording engineer Travis C. Ward will make Pickles for the Apocalypse, a full 12” vinyl release with original linocut artwork all inspired and created during the quarantine.

GRACE WARD

THEATER

Grace Ward, a lyricist, screenwriter and playwright, will write the first act of a deeply personal comedy in the form of a folk rock opera following woodland forest firefighters and their families.

JOEL WAYNE

WRITING

Joel Wayne will write a suite of stories about the confluences of claustrophobia and agoraphobia, depression and anxiety, and the larger nostalgia for fictional pasts and concern about abstract futures (particularly against the backdrop of trauma).


JOHN WEBSTER

PHOTOGRAPHY

John Webster will photograph images of the urban fabric focusing on the items and signage that represent our experience of COVID-19.

JEANNA WIGGER

TEXTILES

Textile artist Jeanna Wigger will use local sewists’ scraps from mask-making to create a storytelling quilt about the masks made and community served.

LILY YASUDA

WRITING

Filmmaker, writer, and actor Lily Yasuda will write two personal essays on the subject of solitude and the ways in which physical distance forces us to make amends with our loneliness.

We look forward to seeing these creatives develop their projects in the coming weeks! Stay tuned on our social channels for updates and more!

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