Two Treasure Valley cities — Boise and Caldwell — have been given $100,000 to split as they invest in art projects for all of us to enjoy.
In Caldwell, $50,000 was used to create the Indian Creek Musical Art Park, a playground that includes sculptured musical instruments built for beauty as well as play. In their application, Caldwell stated, “Musical instruments in a public space creates social sustainability for the entire community to benefit from.” The playground addition is part of the Indian Creek Plaza, an impressive enhancement Caldwell is making to create a gathering place for the entire community. The Musical Art Park is now open for play and creativity for children of all ages.
The City of Boise also received $50,000 to add public artwork in the medians along Vista Avenue, the corridor that welcomes visitors from the airport and interstate, as well as daily commuters. In their application, Boise said “Significant public art added at this location will provide an opportunity to truly set the stage for the Treasure Valley; recognizing the beauty of our state, and showcasing the vibrancy of our community.” The funding was matched by Boise, and the project is scheduled to be completed in late 2018.
“Together Treasure Valley is doing what it stands for, bringing communities together,” says Carolyn Holly of Saint Alphonsus Health System, one of the 2017 Together Treasure Valley partners. “These new pieces of art will serve that purpose. They are interactive and engaging and will be here for generations to enjoy!”
Both Caldwell and Boise did a local and national call out to artists for their design concepts and proposals as part of their projects. These projects were two of six proposals that Together Treasure Valley considered, from cities across the Valley.
“Making the decision was difficult, but in the end I’m proud of our choices,” said Deanna Turner of Idaho Central Credit Union, another partner in Together Treasure Valley. “It is very rewarding to be involved in selecting projects that will enhance our beautiful Treasure Valley with public art.”
The Together partners selected these projects after culling through more than 150 ideas and suggestions submitted from people like you through the Together website. Have a project idea, share it with us today, please submit an idea here!SUBMIT IDEAS