The Alexa Rose Foundation was founded in 2013 to provide substantial impact on the lives of creative residents of the Boise River Valley, giving them access to the catalytic experiences and skills they need to develop as artists and people.

The Foundation received 280 applications for funding in its most recent grant cycle totaling $1,000,000 in requests. With only $150,000 in total funding available, the competition was significant. After a rigorous month-long review by panels of local artists, 67 visual, performing and literary artists and filmmakers were awarded grants. Grants of $500-$5,000 were awarded to emerging, mid-career and established artists throughout the community to fund learning opportunities, equipment and supplies, production costs, and paid time to create.

Since its formation, the Alexa Rose Foundation has granted over $390,000 to 182 local artists. In addition, the Foundation recently announced it will provide needed space for local artists to create, manage and share creative work within a facility to be called the Carnegie Studios. Located in the inspiring and historic Carnegie Library Building, the Carnegie Studios will provide artist-in-residence space for local filmmakers, visual, literary and performing artists; provide office and flexible meeting space for artists and arts organizations; and present temporary art exhibits

Following is a list of artists who received 2018 grants and a short description of what their grant award will support. Please join us in welcoming them to the Alexa Rose Foundation community!

  • Alice Nelson: Laptop and harddrive for writing
  • Mandy Riley: Kiln for creating larger ceramic pieces
  • Amy Granger: Quiltmaking retreat with Joe Cunningham
  • Amy O’Brien: Installation materials
  • Andrea Sparrow: Travel to Colorado River to continue Endangered Species work with drone photography
  • Andy Lawless:¬†Development of a website to show professional work on Super 8 and 16mm film
  • Belinda Bowler: Recording of her music as an educator
  • Ben Kemper: Drafting and editing expenses for new play
  • Betsie Richardson: Travel to attend Journey into the Soul Horses and the Medicine Wheel conference
  • Betty Mallorca: Ipad for digital painting
  • Bret Fowler: Supplies to create a series of hand-bound letterpress artist books
  • Brigette Nelson: Ventilated sandblasting cabinet
  • Carolyn Maria Bevington: Publication and distribution expenses for Wide Eyed Wonders Graphic Poetry Project
  • Chad Ethan Shohet: Tuition and travel to the national puppetry conference
  • Charles Haman: 3D printer for sculpture and printmaking
  • Chaz Gentry: Lighting for films and productions
  • Christina Lee: Clarinet for solo and contemporary music
  • Clyde Moneyhun: Travel to Spain to work on translations of two books of poetry by Dolors Miquel
  • Colleen Brennan: Travel expenses to research homesteading heritage
  • Collin Calvin: Camera for documentation of work in precious metals
  • Deanna Scherrer: Attendance and exhibit at Munich Jewelry Week
  • Elia Sherman: Equipment and travel expenses for documentary on American vernacular food
  • Elisabeth Sharp McKetta: Design, printing and promotion for new book Beast with Troy Passey
  • Erin Cunningham: Materials for casting and developing new sculptural techniques
  • Fiona Luray: Recording and production of new album focusing on the theme of home
  • Geoffrey Krueger: Camera equipment
  • Goran Fazil: Camera equipment to document paintings for animation
  • Heidi Kraay: Living expenses for 2 month writing sabbatical for new play
  • Heidi Naylor: Promotion expenses for new book Revolver
  • Holly Hudson: Printmaking classes at Wingtip Press
  • Ian Kelly: Travel and tuition for Academia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti Vocal Training Intensive in Italy
  • Jane Wilson: Travel and tuition for Jason Walker ceramics workshop
  • Jared Andreas: Studio rental at Vivid Artist Spaces
  • Jason Detwiler: Travel and professional development in New York
  • John Hansen: Mixing, mastering, and production costs for new album
  • Kathleen Probst: Tuition for painting workshop at Anderson Ranch
  • Kay Seurat: Building improvements and equipment to replace lost studio space
  • Kerri Webster: Travel expenses for St. Louis and Chicago readings of her work
  • Kerry Moosman: Development of a solid digital portfolio to market his work
  • Kevin McCain: Travel and supplies to paint the Tetons in Driggs, ID
  • Kim Philley: Laptop to complete manuscript Spirit Level
  • Leslie Jay Bosch: Kiln and supplies for home ceramics studio
  • Lily Yasuda: Production expenses for first feature film LIKE LOVE
  • Linda Marie Zaerr: Travel to research a medieval route in France for new YA novel The Book of Silence
  • Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill: Production expenses for performance of new work, sentences
  • Mady Thornquest: Travel and living expenses for London Contemporary Dance School residency
  • Matt Grover: Metal forming equipment to cut, bend and form metal in three dimensions
  • Matthew Wade: Equipment to complete post-production work on A Black Rift Begins to Yawn
  • Melanie Radford: Mixing and mastering costs to record Pasadena
  • Michael Cordell: Welding equipment to experiment with different sculptural shapes and textures
  • Monica Bright: Etching press and bench
  • Nicole R. MacDonald: Oil painting classes with Geoffrey Krueger
  • Nicole Sharp: Attendance at Idaho Writers Conference
  • Philip Atlakson: Filming, special effects and editing for production of The Dream of an American Nut-Job
  • Ruth Fritz: Classes from Wingtip Press
  • Samantha Silva: Attendance at DISQUIET International Literary Program Conference in Lisbon
  • Seth Dahl: Musical score for The Long River Home
  • Sharli Gerber: 2 month writing sabbatical
  • Sofia Test: Tuition for songwriting workshop
  • Star Moxley: Studio rental, supplies and living expenses to transition to a new medium of art
  • Susan Rowe: Expenses for a weeklong writing residency in Jerome
  • Susan Valiquette: Printing of work for exhibit in Garden City
  • Suzanne Fluty: Tuition and travel for ISAC’s Artrepreneur Program
  • Thomas K. Bicak: Travel expenses to study historic design for public art and architecture
  • Thomas Paul: Production and promotion costs for new album
  • Victor Jimenez: Attendance at the Gradon Parrish workshop
  • Virginia Treat: Lighting kit upgrade