COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund

Creative Work Matters:  Supporting Creatives in the Time of COVID-19

A collaborative partnership between Treefort Music Fest, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and the Boise City Department of Arts & History

The work of creatives matters, even more so in times of crisis. Organized by Treefort Music Fest, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and the Boise City Department of Arts & History, the COVID Cultural Commissioning (CCC) Fund is a one-time award program with the goal of providing $1,000 in funding, for a to-be-determined number of artists, for the creation of individual works exploring, documenting and/or reflecting on personal experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community.

Creation in the Time of Change: CCC Fund Preview Showcase

October 13 – 18, 2020: online and in-person, safely distanced in Boise.

Over two dozen artists will be showcasing previews of their pieces as 👁 in-person performances and installations which you can experience on your own pace throughout the six day event or soak up the art 📺 virtually online throughout the week and you can even attend some live streamed listening parties from the comfort of your own home!

Everything from poetry readings to textile and ceramic art and various performance art in between. Get to know the artists who are participating in this special showcase and plan to spend some time with their art this month.


Please note: this fall event is intended to be a preview of a full showcase coming this spring, which will include all 69 CCC Fund Awardees.


  • To document personal experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of creativity
  • To support creative livelihoods during crisis
  • For the healing that comes from self-reflection
  • To be able to share works and stories about this monumental time in history with future generations
  • To strengthen our community and come closer as neighbors, friends, and citizens
  • To envision future paradigms of a post-pandemic world

*This commissioning program is a collaborative partnership between Treefort Music Fest, The Morrison Center, and the Boise City Department of Arts & History with members of each organization lending their time and efforts to create this combined approach. It is funded by individual donors, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, ExtraMile Arena, The Rolph Charitable Fund and others. 

Lead Funders ($5,000+)

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
The Morrison Center
Rolph Charitable Fund
Carol Swig

Major Supporters ($500+)

ExtraMile Arena
Winston Mitchell
Bev & George Harad
Rich & Georgiann Raimondi
Jim & Julie Matheson
C.K. & Karen Haun
Lonnie Shumsky
Suzanne & Patrick Knibbe
Dick & Sondra Hackborn
Damon A. Noller Community Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
Colin & Lauren Pinegar (In-Kind)
Howard & Becky King
Jole & Jim Voulelis
Lori Shandro


Supporters (up to $500)

Adam Husney & Kristin Barstad
Alecia Baker
Allie Morgan
Ann Rathfon
Anthony Doerr
Blaine Carpenter
Bronwyn Leslie
Cathy Knipe
Charla Cooper
Dani Terhaar
David Fitch
Deanna Barry and the Morrison Center box office and ticketing staff
Dina Sherif
Doug Frye
Emily Long
Eric Gilbert
Flora Mason
Greg Heinzman
Gregg Mizuta
Gwen Mason
Holli Woodings
J Todd Dunnigan
Janet Matthews
Jason Hausske
Jess Flynn
Jess Lorona
Jesse Rundle
Jessica Pearson
Jessica Torres
Jessie Duvall
Jimmy Hallyburton
Jody Ochoa
John Baisch
John Fogarty
Jole Voulelis
Jordon Harris
Judi Marsh
Kelsey Suyehira
Krishna Oswalt
Kristen Cheyney
Kristin Montgomery
LaDonna Speiser
Laura Kendall
Libby Adams
Lila Streicher
Lori Shandro
Marisa Weppner
Marissa Lovell
Martha B Jensen
Matthew Smith
Megan Stoll
Meshel Ledet
Morrison Center Marketing Team: Virginia Treat and Rose Orr
Nathan Norton
Patricia Olsson
Rachel Mason
Sara Peyton
Scott Gipson
Teri Schorzman
Theresa O’Connor
Travis Abbott
William & Karla Bodnar