Boise City

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Every two years, the City of Boise dubs a new Cultural Ambassador for an organization or program that elevates Boise’s arts and cultural scene. Now, the city has given the honor to MING Studios, an international art center and residency program in downtown Boise. We learn more about the Cultural Ambassador award – which comes with a cash grant – and MING’s accomplishments to earn them the designation. 

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It’s Friday and time for our Reporter Roundtable, where we get you up to date on all the news that made headlines around our region. Joining Idaho Matters this week are Don Day from BoiseDevBetsy Russell with the Idaho Press and Mike Sharp from KIVI Six On Your Side Television.

A bike, sleeping bag, and cart left ona sidewalk.
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The City of Boise has reopened the day shelter at the Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center on the south end of downtown for its ninth year. Boise Parks and Recreation manages the shelter, which is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week until April 1.


Boise City Department of Arts and History

The City of Boise has allotted its largest amount ever to local artists through its annual grant program. The arts and history department announced Monday the 33 arts organizations and individuals will receive a total of $200,000.

The annual grant fund comes from the city’s general fund and has grown rapidly over the last few years. Since the grant program began 20 years ago, the city has awarded more than $1 million to artists and art groups. 

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The City of Trees wants more people to have – well – trees.

Ryan Rodgers is with the city's community forestry department, and says there are many benefits to growing more trees in Boise. Rodgers says that's why the city is providing two free programs for people who want more shade by their homes.

Rodgers says residents in the Vista Neighborhood might have received a postcard about donated trees from Idaho Power. The company is encouraging planting for heat reduction in the summer, and the city is helping get the word out.