Twin Falls, ID Arts and Culture
The organization annually puts up prize money of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, plus $14,500 split among 13 more winners, in an effort to bring more art awareness to Twin Falls and Southern Idaho.
The event, held in late April to early May, involves artists displaying their works in various downtown Twin Falls businesses. Members of the public visit over nine days to view the art and cast their votes.
Artists work in mediums including paint, sculpture, woodworking, pottery, photography and fabrics.
Magic Valley Arts Council
The council promotes art and cultural experiences throughout the greater Twin Falls area, and is now headquartered in the Twin Falls Center for the Arts on the Snake River Canyon rim. The facility has an outdoor plaza, two-story atrium, auditorium and multipurpose rooms used for classes.
The council backs projects both large and small. One success is a Canyon Rim Public Art Project that saw the placement of a major sculpture at the Perrine Bridge Trail View Point. There is also an Arts on Tour program, which features nine performing arts productions at the College of Southern Idaho over a season that runs from September through May.
Other council programs include Kids Art in the Park, the Missoula Children's Theater, Second Century Photo Contest, Brown Bag Lectures at Twin Falls Public Library, Summer Chalk Walk at the Municipal Band Concerts, and First Friday gallery events that occur every other month beginning in February.
Oakley might be a small town, but it's not too small to house Howells Opera House. Built in 1907 by Judge B.P. Howells, today the renovated building is run by the Oakley Valley Arts Council hosting plays, musicals and other performances.
The Junior Musical Playhouse Company (aka JuMP Company) provides an opportunity for students in grades 1-12 to participate in two annual musical theater productions. Other performance groups and venues in the region include Dilettante Group of Magic Valley, Magic Valley Little Theatre, Company of Fools and King Fine Arts Center in Burley.
Southern Idaho is also home to the Magic Valley Symphony, in existence for more than half a century, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, founded in 1985. Both symphonies also sponsor youth orchestras and music camps.
Herrett Center for the Arts and Science
The College of Southern Idaho's main campus is home to Herrett Center, a museum that exhibits anthropological artifacts and natural history specimens, focusing on the prehistoric American continents. The center also looks to the skies with its Faulkner Planetarium and Centennial Observatory, which can seat 144 people under a 50-foot dome. The planetarium has a Digistar II projection system, one of the most advanced in the country.
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