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Carrying on a legacy of excellence with a dose of irrepressible encouragement.

Artwork: Alexa Rose Howell



Alex Davis regards the arts as a community’s lifeblood, an essential means of bringing people together. Davis served as co-producer and moderator of the James Castle House Inaugural Symposium. She was the executive producer of The Ed Sessions with Sir Ken Robinson, Sal Kahn, and Mike Rowe, as well as the statewide ID21 Awards, showcasing creativity and innovation in education. As a published author and Board Chair of The Cabin literary center, she shared the Morrison Center stage with author Abraham Verghese as part of its acclaimed Readings and Conversations series, and served on The Cabin’s Executive and Board Development committees for a decade. Davis brings a background in PBS and NPR, having worked in Atlanta, Georgia where she met Gary, her husband of 25+ years. Being named Band Captain was probably the highlight of her life growing up in South Carolina, where marching band is second only to high school football. In her years in Idaho, Davis has led significant public initiatives, including Boise’s Livable City (LIV Boise) campaign in the Office of the Mayor, and she served as creative director for the Albertson Family Foundation's Go On, Idaho campaign encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary education. Bringing a love of the arts, historic preservation, placemaking and community development, in 2020-2022 she served as Managing Director for TRICA Children’s Arts through the rebirth of an abandoned Romanesque cathedral in Hyde Park, including restoration completion, Board and Staff buildout, the launch of a new preschool and long-awaited arts education programs. With inspiration and deep belief, a lifelong commitment to creativity and a Think Bigger approach, Davis dares us to perform our work on ever-greater national and world stages.

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Ken Howell was named a distinguished preservationist by the Idaho State Historic Preservation Council and is the recipient of numerous Orchid Awards from Preservation Idaho for his work preserving many of Downtown Boise's landmark historic buildings. "My late wife, Alexa Rose, brought this electrical engineer to life and and created a home filled with art and whimsy. Alexa was a puppeteer, a poet, a pianist, a linguist, a humorist, a watercolor artist, and so much else. Her connection to and her desire to support Boise Valley’s Art Community and its individual artists was the inspiration for this Foundation. My own work has been renovating and restoring notable architectural properties from Boise’s past. What began simply as an endeavor to support our family has grown to aid an extended family of community artists. Alexa’s vision and her Foundation will hopefully continue for generations to come."  


Program Manager

Nina Leary is a catalyst for talent, driven to discover people's strengths and guide them toward excellence. She kickstarted her career at North by Northwest Productions, the leading media production house in southern Idaho, where she represented local and regional film and video actors. Later she launched The Talent Pool, Leary's own talent agency addressing an unmet need for onscreen performers in the metro area, as well as a sought-after personal and commercial photography business, NorthEnd Photography, a journey that spanned two decades. With a passion for giving back, Leary dedicated five years to crisis intervention at the Idaho Suicide Intervention Hotline, where she recruited, trained, and managed over three hundred volunteer phone responders and conducted training sessions across the state. Beyond her professional pursuits, Nina is an avid falconer and an accomplished visual artist, known for her award-winning Classic Realism oil portraiture.

Alex Davis
Terri Schorzman
Michael Cullen

Jane Williamson
Nina Leary

In Acknowledgment of Brilliant Hearts and Minds

Through inspired thinking by some of our region's most skilled creative professionals, the Alexa Rose Foundation got an extraordinarily strong start. Due in large part to their belief in the mission and the generous-hearted work of dedicated staff, board volunteers, artistic advisors, trustees, and selection panelists, beginning in 2014 over half a million in private dollars were wisely invested in artists and public art that will shape our community for decades to come. Thank you!

Copyright 2024 Alexa Rose Foundation

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