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Participatory art stakes a claim in Boise

Cody Finney / The Arbiter

Have you seen that decorated box in the Liberal Arts Building? Have you put a card in it? Art 351 students are helping create and promote Boise’s first Task Party. Inspired by New York artist Oliver Herring, Task Boise is an open, participatory event that is bringing traditional art and participatory art

The first Task Boise event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4 as part of Downtown Boise’s First Thursday.

Danielle Forsberg, junior art education major, described the event to be like “a big party of charades.”

Participants are encouraged to select a card from the task box at the Task Party and then perform the task they chose. Once their task is complete, participants are encouraged to create a task for someone else by writing it on a card and submitting it to
the box.

Ritta Nielsen, Vice President of the Idaho Art Education Association, further explained the sense of this Task Party.

“The nature of this particular kind of event is that it is owned by the participants and it takes on its own life and it is a demonstration of collective creativity,” Nielson said.

Art 351 student Karl LeClair, junior art education/printmaking major, said he has helped with the coordination of this event and is excited about community involvement in
social art.

“Whatever happens is itself a product of the actual environment, the time, the place the people,” LeClair said. “So I think it’s exciting that it’s something that’s really open, free to the public and to get everybody involved and raise awareness for art and how much fun you can have.”

Students and staff are invited to write a “task” and submit it in the box to start generating momentum for this new community event.

Task Boise will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 500 S. 8th Street in Boise. For more information, go to