ARTI regularly presents shows with social significance. In summer 2002 ARTI produced The Laramie Project, a play about Laramie, Wyoming's response to the beating death of a gay student. Presented at the Colonial Theater, then in Pocatello, and again at the ARTI Theatre this show spurred much local discussion of human rights. It also raised $4000 which ARTI donated to the Southeast Idaho AIDS Coalition, The Haven Shelter, and City of Refuge Shelter. A second show, The Vagina Monologues, presented a passionate look at women's issues and has been the centerpiece of many events across the nation to raise awareness about violence against women. It was presented in 2003 and 2011 and helped raise funds for a rape and violence center in Idaho Falls.
ARTI has a long history of community outreach. For a number of years ARTI has offered "student night", a chance for local students and their teachers to see the final dress rehearsal of each show at no charge. We have frequently donated complimentary tickets to raffles or auctions conducted by groups such as Harbor House (a shelter for abused children) and Holy Rosary Catholic Church. ARTI has also provided use of its building at no cost to the Southeast Idaho AIDS Coalition (a.k.a. "Breaking Boundaries") and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for their fund-raising events. In recognition of these activities and our efforts to expand the range and quality of our offerings, the Idaho Falls Arts Council presented ARTI the Outstanding Arts Organization Award in 2002.
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