Join us this Friday for the

with Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter

Friday, August 6, 2:30 PM

Idaho State Capitol, Boise

This event offers a unique opportunity to view photos of all 348 works of art submitted byIdaho teens. In addition, you'll be the first to hear the Governor and First Lady Otter announce the county level winners and one statewide grand prize winner. Over $135,000 in prize money will be given away! This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Parking is available in downtown garages, paid lots, and in metered spaces along city streets.

SpringHill Suites Boise ParkCenter, located at 424 East ParkCenter Blvd, is offering all participants and their families traveling into town for the Paint the State Gala a special room rate of $69/night. Each room is a suite with two double beds, a sofa sleeper, refrigerator and microwave. In order to guarantee your rooms will need a credit card number. Call Jennifer Burton at 208-433-5133 or email her at to reserve your room. Be sure to mention you are with the Idaho Meth Project. There is a free shuttle to/from the airport, and to/from downtown Boise.


Q: What should I wear to this event?
A: Come as you are and wear whatever type of clothing you feel comfortable in. No seating is available, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Q: Where do I go when I arrive?
A: Go to the registration/information desk on the garden level of the Capitol and check in with a volunteer. Check-in begins at 1pm.

Q: How will I know when my county is going to be announced?

A: The program will begin with Ada county 3rd- 1st places and will continue in alphabetical order through all 44 counties. The statewide grand prize winner will be announced after the county winners.

Q: What do I do if I am one of the county winners?
A: You will see a photo of your artwork on the TV screens throughout the rotunda, but you will not go on stage. After the ceremony, county 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their picture taken with the Governor and First Lady in the Visitors Welcome Center near the registration desk on the garden level.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?
A: Approximately two hours (maximum)

Q: Will food and/or drinks be served at this event?
A: Since the Idaho State Capitol recently underwent an extensive renovation, it is not feasible for us to serve food or drinks at this event. Drinking fountains are available on each floor of the Capitol.

Q: If I win, when will I receive my cash prize?
A: In order to receive a prize, both the artist and his/her parent/guardian will need to sign a release form that will be mailed to you a week after the event. Once we receive your release form, your check will be mailed within 6-8 weeks.

Q: Who gets to have their picture taken with the Governor and First Lady?
A: Only county winners and their group members (if applicable), will get an opportunity to take a picture with the Governor and First Lady following the ceremony. You will need to report to the Visitor Welcome Center on the garden level of the Capitol to do so.

Q: If I win and have my photo taken with the Governor and First Lady, will I get a copy of the photo?
A: The Idaho Meth Project will send a copy of the photo to your home address. If you receive the photo and wish to order additional copies, please email us at

Q: I worked in a group for my project, does everyone get a tote bag or certificate?
A: We will have extra T-shirts and tote bags available for team members. Please visit the Information Desk on the garden level to request additional bags or T-shirts. If you'd like to request additional certificates for your group members, please inform our volunteers when you pick up your extra shirts, or email us at

Q: Will there be a list of winners posted somewhere?
A: There will be a list of winners posted on our Paint the State website,, following the ceremony. You will also be receiving an e-mail notification listing the winners.

Q: Can we get a tour of the Capitol?
A: There will be no official tours. However, there will be at least two mobile guides on each floor to answer any questions you might have. They will be available starting at 1:00 - 2:30, when the ceremony begins, and also for a short period of time after the ceremony.

Q: What if I am unable to attend?

A: If you are unable to attend the ceremony, your prize tote will be mailed to you. If you would like additional T-shirts or certificates for your group members, please call or email us. You do not have to be present to win, and you may view a list of the winners at beginning Friday evening after the event.


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