In 1990, local arts enthusiasts joined together with the goal of bringing more art and culture to eastern Idaho. In 1994, a local businessman donated three adjacent dilapidated downtown buildings to the newly formed Idaho Falls Arts Council (IFAC), including a historic former vaudeville theater. IFAC raised over $4.5 million to renovate these buildings to become the Willard Arts Center, which currently encompasses the historic Colonial Theater, two visual art galleries, nine artist studios, meeting rooms, and administrative offices. IFAC presents 10-16 mainstage shows each season, most of which are at the Colonial Theater. The Carr Gallery and the Hall Gallery feature 8 visual arts exhibitions every year that highlight local and national talent. Every August, IFAC organizes Roaring Youth Jam on the Snake River Greenbelt, a free three-day festival where families and youth can interact with creative art media and enjoy live performing arts. ARTitorium on Broadway, an innovative interactive art center for kids and families, opened summer 2014, and focuses on the marriage between art and technology.
As of 2016, IFAC employs eight full time and 20 regular part-time employees with event-based staffing of up to 40 additional people at a time. Approximately 77,350 people participated in one of our programs or an event at one of our downtown facilities last year, including around 12,000 people at IFAC’s season shows, 15,000 people at rental events, and 18,050 people at ARTitorium on Broadway. In total, IFAC has an annual impact of $2.7 million on the community, based on the Americans for the Arts Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry calculator.
Idaho Falls Arts Council Board of Directors
Sharon Price, Chair
Ann Riedesel, Vice Chair
Emma Hulse, Secretary
Steve Parry, Treasurer
Ann Marie Peters
Mary Lynn Hartwell
Idaho Falls Arts Council Staff
Brandi Newton, Executive Director
Gavin Anderson, Maintenance & Custodial
Amy Carr, Marketing Manager
Amber Deschamps, Youth Art Coordinator
Lindsey Deschamps, Stage Manager
Georgina Goodlander, Visual Arts Director
Linda Guay, WAC Educational Outreach/Ticket Sales
Brad Higbee, Technical Director
Julie Hill, ARTitorium Educational Specialist
Lara Hill, Program and Events Manager
Irene Jones, Front of House
Becky Maness, Ticket Sales / Front of House
Lindsey McKinney, Front of House
Ramona Palmer, Accountant
Joy Sorenson, Office Manager
ARTitorium is often looking for part-time help, please contact Lara Hill at lhill[at]idahofallsarts[dot]org for more information.
IFAC is often looking for part-time Front of House Managers, please find details here.