"The Alexa Rose Foundation was founded in 2014, and has since adopted the mantra “Uplifting the Artistic Community”. As often happens when giving, this has become a two-way street. We at the Foundation are uplifting the artists in our community, and they in turn are uplifting me and those with whom I work. To read each artist's letters of recommendation outlining their accomplishments, aspirations, and personal qualities was breathtaking. These thoughtful letters were expressions of deep caring and admiration by the artist’s nominators and others. They evolved from relationships lasting years and often decades. Our interviews with finalists allowed us a look beyond each person’s art: when and how did their art first express itself, what has been their journey, what do they care about now, and what makes them go? And, they all go at full speed. It was impossible to choose a single Fellow, so we chose two."
-Ken Howell, Founder
After reviewing 48 nominees from across the Treasure Valley, The Foundation is proud to announce that it has selected TWO artists for its inaugural $25,000 fellowship.
Both Fellows are established artists, nominated by their peers and celebrated by their community. In tandem with its annual grant cycle, The Foundation strives to elevate Idaho artists through access to education, opportunity and project funding in all shapes and sizes.
PIONEERING A NEW FRONTIER OF CUTTING EDGE, INCLUSIVE THEATER.
Buffie Main has been directing theater for nearly three decades. Over the last 12 years as Alley Repertory Theater’s Artistic Director, Buffie has become known for bold, risk taking theater that creates conversation and community. As a director she believes that giving artists the space to be themselves and find joy is the fairy dust for creating meaningful theater. Some of Buffie’s directing credits include La Cage Aux Folles, Indecent, The Cake, Rapture Blister Burn, In the next Room OR the Vibrator Pay, and Love Person.
Buffie is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City, and Toronto, an elite group of international professional directors and scholars who study and create collaboratively worldwide. Buffie also holds a BFA in Theater from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and an MPA from the University of South Dakota. Buffie loves creating theater where actors can be courageous, the work can be fearless, the show invites the audience into the conversation and creates connection for everyone.
Buffie's funds will be used for education, networking and program development to further her work as Alley Repertory's Artistic Director.
BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN DANCE AND AGRICULTURE.
Brett Perry is a multi-dimensional artist who believes deeply in the transcendent power of the arts. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Brett discovered the world of dance at the age of 4 and has shared his love of the form with audiences around the world. Brett graduated with a BFA from The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly moved to Boise, ID to begin his professional career with the highly celebrated Trey McIntyre Project. During the six years of the companies presence, Brett received the prestigious Princess Grace Award for Dance in 2010 and toured throughout Asia as a Cultural Ambassador to the United States. Although the company spent many weeks on the road, Brett, quickly began cultivating dynamic relationships in Boise that continue to shape his life today. He is currently a freelance dancer working with local Boise companies LED and Ballet Idaho and national choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch and Adam Weinert.
When Brett is not in the studio or on stage you can find him working in the gardens and cultivating the land at Meadowlark Farm in Nampa, Idaho. Brett met farmer, food activist and now mentor Janie Burns during a TMP photoshoot at Meadowlark back in 2009 where his curiosity of farming sparked. Now, along with continuing to master the art of dance, farming is a major factor and will continue to shape his life for many years to come.