Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Art Briefs

Humanities elects Hailey woman to board

Jenny Emery Davidson of Hailey is one of four people recently elected to three-year terms on the board of directors of the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The new members will attend their first meeting in February.

Davidson is the Blaine County Campus director for College of Southern Idaho. She fills an eastern Idaho academic position vacancy. Davidson holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Utah and her writing and research has focused on the literature of the American West and on environmental literature.

For the past 10 years, she has worked at CSI as an English instructor as well as the campus director. Last year, she held a Fulbright fellowship in Guanajuato, Mexico, where she taught American literature and studied Mexican literature, film, history and culture. Recently, she wrote an essay about working on a BLM range fire crew that was published in an anthology of essays about fire titled "Forged in Fire: Essays by Idaho Writers," edited by Mary Clearman Blew and Phil Druker.

The Idaho Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "deepen understanding of human experience by connecting people with ideas." The board meets three times a year to award grants for public humanities programs throughout Idaho, and to plan special projects and programs to promote greater public awareness, appreciation and understanding of literature, history, cultural anthropology, law and other humanities disciplines. For details, visit or call (208) 345-5346.

Save the date for Family of Women Film Festival

The fourth annual Family of Women Film Festival will take place Feb. 18-20 at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Films will include documentaries from Turkey, India and Iran as well as a day of films and panelists on the subject of women and the environment. The Family of Women Film Festival promotes the work of the United Nations Population Fund, which provides women's health care and promotes the rights of women in 150 countries. For details, visit

Arts grant deadlines approach

The Idaho Commission on the Arts' deadline for individual grants, including craft, design and visual arts fellowships and traditional arts apprenticeships, is Jan. 31. Deadlines for public programs for the arts, the Entry Track grants and arts education project grants also have a deadline of Jan. 31. For details, call (208) 334-2119 or visit

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