The aim of art is to represent not
the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance - Aristotle
Mountain Home Arts Council

Mountain Home Arts Council, INC.

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Upcoming Events

Mountain Home Hosts Fiddling Poet Waldman

The Mountain Home Arts Council is excited to bring Alaska's Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman to Mountain Home for a four-day residency. To kick it off, Waldman will be at the American Legion Post 26 for a community performance with banjoist Scott Knickerbocker on Wednesday, April 26, combining Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaskan storytelling from his nine CDs. Waldman has played from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to Berkeley's Freight and Salvage, occasionally as a soloist, more often as leader of one of his ever-changing troupes of nationally recognized musicians. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 Seniors/Military and $5.00 for Students, available in advance at Lucky Perk and Common Ground Coffee or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm.

On Friday, April 28, Waldman will be the featured author at the MHAC Literary Committee's Spring Coffee House at the Hampton Inn. A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, Waldman has been a visiting writer at nearly 100 colleges and universities, a visiting artist at over 230 schools in 33 states, and has led workshops from Alaska to Maine. His nine books consist of seven full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist, and a volume of acrostic poems for kids. Doors open for this free event, which will include a reading and Q&A, at 6:30 pm, with the program beginning at 7 pm. Hot beverages from Common Ground Coffee and homemade cookies will be served.

Waldman will also visit North and East Elementary for outreach performances and workshops on April 26 and 27, respectively, as well as The Senior Center at 11 am on April 28, and will facilitate a writers workshop at the Mountain Home Public Library meeting room on April 29 at 9 am. The writers workshop, for writers at all skill levels, is made possible through a partnership with Mountain Home Parks & Rec. Interested writers can register through Parks & Rec. at a fee of $15.

Waldman's residency in Mountain Home is made possible by the Mountain Home Arts Council with support from the City of Mountain Home, Mountain Home Parks & Rec., the Mountain Home community, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Johnson Brothers Hospitality.

Dear Mountain Home Arts Council Sponsors, Patrons, Volunteers, & Supporters:

We have a chance to be a part of Idaho's day of giving—an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community. Idaho Gives–a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, of which we are a member–is designed to bring the state together, raising money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits. This 24-hour day of online giving takes place on May 4, 2017.

On May 4, starting at midnight, individuals and businesses can visit and make a donation to MHAC and/or any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our state. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59 pm.

We need your help in supporting Idaho Gives by forwarding this message and telling your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping make a difference. You can also help by printing out the attached poster and posting a selfie on Facebook or other social media, and maybe consider adding "I support the Mountain Home Arts Council" to posts.

Idaho Gives is also looking for Employer Partners. If you know a business that would like to help please pass on this link.

Questions? If you have any or would like more information, let us know. Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!


Chris DeVore
Executive Director
Mountain Home Arts Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 974
Mountain Home, ID 83647
The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, awarded $68,165 in grants to organizations and individuals this spring, 2016. Thirty-four awards include 26 grants for public humanities programs, seven Teacher Incentive Grants, and one Planning Grant. The competitive grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and IHC's Endowment for Humanities Education. The Mountain Home Arts Council was awarded and received $1,000 for a community reading project featuring Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees. A performance based on the book by Literature to Life was presented to the community and to students at the Mtn. Home High School who read the book in English classes this school year.
Literary Arts Committee Offers Writers Grant

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