Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Contact: Mike Journee
208-384-4402 |

Recipients for 2017 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and History Announced

Mayor David Bieter today announced the recipients of the 2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & History. Presented every two years, the awards celebrate people, organizations, and businesses that have contributed to Boise’s cultural community.

“We are pleased to honor those in our community who cultivate an inspired and inclusive culture. Their earnest and tenacious efforts strengthen our community, and by extension, our connection to one another,” said Mayor Bieter. “We are grateful for their commitment to spark curiosity, initiate collaboration, foster dialogue, and offer opportunities to reflect and grow.”

Award recipients must have demonstrated distinguished service, creative accomplishment, or other work to benefit the artistic, historic, and broader cultural life of Boise. The awards began in 1986; to date, nearly 120 individuals and organizations have been recognized since its inception.

The recipients for 2017 are:

Excellence in the Arts
Sue Latta

Excellence in History
Jennifer Stevens

Excellence in Education
James Jirak

Emerging Organizations
Sector Seventeen

Support of the Arts
Rocci Johnson
Radio Boise

Spotlight Award
Boise Art Museum - 80th Anniversary

Award recipients will be honored at a cocktail-style reception and awards presentation on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Boise Depot. Light buffet supper will be served and a no-host bar available.The Boise City Department of Arts & History will host the event, and Mayor Bieter will present the awards.

For more information and to purchase tickets ($32):


About the Boise City Dept. of Arts & History
The mission of the Department of Arts & History is to enhance Boise by providing leadership, advocacy, education, services, and support for arts and history in order for people to create, engage and connect with the community. More information:

Contact: Jennifer Yribar
Phone: 208-608-7051 or 208-473-0975