May 20, 2020

The Covid Cultural Commissioning Fund

69 Applicants to Receive $1,000 Commissions for Their Work!

69 Applicants to Receive $1,000 Commissions for Their Work!

From Treefort Music Fest:

5/20/20 - Of 188 total applicants, 69 local creators will receive a $1,000 commission to create a work that explores, documents, and/or reflects on personal and social experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. A select group of awardees have also been granted access to Surel’s Place as a resource to fulfill their commission.

The CCC Fund is made possible by 80 generous donors who contributed a combined $69,000. Funders include the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing ArtsExtraMile Arena, the Rolph Charitable Fund, Carol Swig and dozens of individuals who contributed via the Treefort Community Fund on Cauze.

Proposed projects explore themes and occurrences stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, including connection, solitude, nature, community, food production, mask making, mental health, self-expression in isolation, the new awkwardness of human interactions, making amends with loneliness, and more. Media that creators will be working with include printmaking, mixed media, dance, music, poetry, painting, film, theater, textiles, animation, photography, illustration, food, glass, sculpture, and more.

For the complete list of awardees and their projects, visit


About CCC Fund

The collaborative effort of the COVID Cultural Commissioning (CCC) Fund, a partnership organized by Treefort Music Fest, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and the Boise City Department of Arts & History, was initiated April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact socially and economically to the creative sector of the Treasure Valley. Local cultural leaders came together to outline a mission and goals for funding creative projects and solicited funds from both major organizations and private individual donors.

The call-to-creatives was open for applications between April 29, 2020 and May 8, 2020. During that time, we received 188 applications for projects across numerous disciplines. After the close of the application period, submissions were collated, organized, and sent out to a twelve-member review and selection committee composed of local, regional, and national cultural professionals.

Each panelist received and scored 30 applications as a primary reviewer and 15+ as a secondary reviewer. Scores were tallied and those in the top 45 percent of the scoring rubric (10 points for financial need, 10 points for artist statement, 50 points for project proposal, 30 points for work samples) were brought forward for discussion, with the opportunity for any panelist to bring forth any applicant who had not made the top 45 percent but that they felt should be considered. The panel then met on a Zoom call for five hours, reviewing 85 applications collectively and making a decision to fund them or not. Each applicant was discussed on their application merits, specifically looking at the strength of the proposal, the artistic quality, and the potential community impact of the proposed work. 69 awardees were chosen based on funds raised.