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CAH plans arts and humanities program series in October

Event will celebrate 50th anniversary of National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for Humanities

The Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History will celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities with a program series in October that will look at human rights, social justice and the arts.

The series kicks off on Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 27 and will be held at the Center, located at 415 Main Street.

In 1963, President John F Kennedy gave a speech honoring the late poet, Robert Frost.  This speech made clear the need for a nation to represent itself not only through its strength, but also through its art and humanities as he acknowledged “full recognition of the place of the artist” in our society. Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation creating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As these agencies celebrate their 50th anniversaries, the Center entertains a dialogue with the community, reflecting on the impact of President Kennedy’s vision and how it resonates with our culture today. The series of talks and panels culminates in a town-hall discussion on the future of arts and humanities in our community for the next 50 years.

Here is the series schedule:

  • Oct. 4 – “Human Rights: Do the arts impact the cause for equality and rights in our country?” Dan Prinzing, executive director Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct.12 – Panel Discussion: “Spirituality and the influence of the Arts & Humanities,” 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 13 – “The Question of Self in the Age of Selfies,” Josie Frontwell, Boise School District, 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 20 – Panel Discussion: “STEM vs. STEAM: Arts in Public Education?”, 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 – Idaho Commission on the Arts: “ArtSparks!” Writing Workshop, 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 26 – Social Justice in the Arts & Humanities, 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 27 – Community Forum: A Town Hall on the future of the Arts & Humanities in our Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Programming is brought to the Center for Arts & History by sponsorship from Colleen Mahoney, Inland 360, and grant funding from the Idaho Humanities Council, arts IDAHO, and US Bank.

The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from  11 a.m-4 p.m. For more information about the exhibitions or to schedule a docent tour, visit or call 208-792-2243.