Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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Mayor Bieter Names Treefort as 2015 Cultural Ambassador

Mayor David Bieter today named the Treefort Music Fest as the City of Boise’s cultural ambassador for 2015. As part of the recognition, Treefort receives a $25,000 grant recognizing the festival’s positive impact on the city’s visibility, economy and cultural scene.

The Treefort Music Fest is a multi-day, multi-venue celebration of Boise’s music and art scene that allows the city to host national musical acts, while also providing a prominent spotlight for local and emerging musicians and artists of all stripes. Next year’s festival is scheduled for March 25-29 at venues all across downtown Boise.

Mayor Bieter and Terri Schorzman, director of the city’s Department of Arts and History, made the announcement at the El Korah Shrine, one of the festival’s most popular venues.

“Treefort is such a great event because of how organically Boise it truly is,” said Mayor Bieter. “Perhaps more than any other event, it captures essence of Boise’s creative, vibrant and unique cultural scene – especially its music. The community spirit it taps into plays a big role in our work to make Boise the most livable city in the country.”

The grant associated with recognition comes from the city’s economic development fund, which was created in 2009 from the rental of the city’s rail property in southeast Boise.

In their role as cultural ambassador for the city, Treefort’s organizers act as cultural liaisons, hosts and delegates for the city with out-of-town industry representatives, artists, musicians and other civic festivals and cultural organizations.

“The Treefort team couldn't be more excited, flattered or honored that the city has decided to bestow this responsibility upon us,” said Eric Gilbert, director of Treefort Music Fest. “From the beginning, our passion has been sharing Boise with touring bands and music and art lovers from all over, while strengthening our local music scene. This new designation is a natural fit for our core mission.”