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City of Boise Grant Recipients 2020

Treefort Music Fest and the Boise City Department of Arts & History are partnering for the third time to showcase a variety of short-term, innovative public art projects during Treefort 2020 (March 25-29).

Through a competitive call to artists released in October 2019, 50 artists and artist teams from a variety of disciplines applied to have their original work displayed in Downtown Boise, Idaho during Treefort 9.

A selection panel representing the local arts community, Arts & History Commission, Arts & History Advisory Team and project stakeholders reviewed each application and selected the following four artists and artists teams:


Treeforters and the Boise community are invited to engage with and learn about the history of the kiki ballroom scene through a choreographed pop-up kiki performance by Boise’s CoreVette Dance Collective founded by Miranda Palacio and Alex McLaughlin and featuring Daniel Giron (Father of House of Ada, Portland, OR) and Brandon Harrison (Father of House of Flora, Portland, OR).





Luma Jasim is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY and Boise, ID. Luma will create a multi-media, fine art performance in collaboration with Blake Green, a Boise musician. Luma will use improvisational techniques to paint a 20’ x 20’ canvas using a tar-like substance in dialogue with music composed by sound artist Blake Green.





Colossal Collective is an arts group established by Sam Johnson in Boise. Bringing large-scale puppets to the Treefort since 2013, like the Penelopeacock in 2018, the Colossal Collective is sure to delight audiences big and small with this year’s memorable and surprise experience.





Los Angeles-based dance duo created by Gracie WHYTE and Laura BERG will create an immersive dance theatre tour through downtown Boise on a party bike turned sad bar, in which audience members witness the unfolding of a range of scenarios exploring the relationship between comedy and sadness.


Congratulations to all grant recipients! We’re excited to see their beautiful, impactful work at Treefort 2020.

Thanks to the City of Boise, these artists’ work will be free and open to the public, like many things at Treefort. If you want to get the full Treefort experience, snag that Treefort Pass!