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Connie Boochever

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Boochever was the originator of the State Council on the Arts and served on the board for 12 years. The Council has had a significant impact in the lives of all Alaskans by providing support and funding for community arts groups statewide that bring all of us wonderful programs, music, theater and visual arts. Additionally, Boochever started Juneau Douglas Little Theater, served as its president and acted, produced and directed numerous plays.  She chaired the Save the Organ committee that salvaged a historical theater organ that now graces the Alaska State Office building, where concerts have been held over the years. A long-time resident of Juneau, Boochever moved there in 1946 and lived there for 44 years  until her husband’s appointment to the 9th Circuit Court took her to California.  She loved Juneau and continued to spend her summers there.  Boochever’s volunteerism for Juneau and the arts statewide was significant.  She was incredibly organized and believed in donating her many talents toward ensuring that the arts would thrive in Alaska.  She believed art would enhance the daily lives of all residents of our state.  As one resident in Juneau said, “It was easier to say ‘yes’’ to Connie than to not get involved in her many projects.”  She had a way of getting the whole community involved in making it a better, more lively and beautiful place to live.

The Juneau community recognized Boochever’s contributions in 1973 when she was named Juneau’s Woman of the Year. Other awards include the Governor’s Award for the Arts for outstanding achievement in the arts in 1982. Also that year, she was honored by both houses of the State Legislature for her outstanding contributions to the arts in Alaska.

Connie was born in 1919 and passed away in 1999. When she passed away, her family set up the Connie Boochever Endowment for the Arts program and, to date, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, the organization that manages the fund, has awarded 24 Connie Boochever individual artist fellowships in support of art in Alaska.

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Known as a passionate supporter of the arts, Connie Boochever’s most lasting accomplishment may be the Percent for Art Program that requires public funding for art in public buildings. She was critical to getting the legislation passed that established this successful program. The Percent for Art Program has literally changed the landscape of Alaska with art a part of our everyday lives in schools, and all other public buildings.

Induction ceremony acceptance speech