What's the BIG IDEA?

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Marcos Ramirez and David Taylor Unraveling

The Arts Bring Us Together in Conversation.

SVMoA takes a unique multidisciplinary approach to programming. Three or four times annually BIG IDEA projects ask timely questions and investigate them through art, music, conversation, and workshops. We believe that by engaging with art through a variety of mediums, we can transform our understanding not only of the arts, but also of history, culture, place, and even ourselves. You can participate in a single event or go deeper, exploring the idea through different lenses.

Big Idea

Part of a Sun Valley Museum of Art BIG IDEA project

Current BIG IDEA Project

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James Prosek
Big Idea
The Big Idea
Exhibitions

Dams: Reservoirs, Reclamation, Renewal

August 26 - December 30, 2022

Coinciding with renewed dialogue about the possibility of breaching dams throughout the Columbia River Basin, this BIG IDEA project offers a con-versation about the impact of dams on Idaho and the American West. For more than a century, dams have shaped Idaho’s landscapes, ecosystems and economies. At this historic moment, the project considers the history of damming in the Pacific Northwest, the effects of dams on the region, and a reimagined future for rivers and the life dependent on them in the American West.

Show Events Between

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Sunday,

October

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Saturday,

July

Type

Thu, October 13

Big Idea
The Big Idea
Film
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FILM: River of Return with Filmakers Jessica and Sammy Matsaw

FILM: River of Return

with Filmmakers Jessica and Sammy Matsaw

6:00 PM

The Community Library

Fri, October 14

Big Idea
The Big Idea
Youth & Families
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FAMILY PROGRAM: Afternoon Art

FAMILY PROGRAM: Afternoon Art (Session 1)

(for families with kids ages 5–12)

2:30 PM

The Museum
Big Idea
The Big Idea
Youth & Families
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Family Program Afternoon Art at SVMoA

FAMILY PROGRAM: Afternoon Art (Session 2)

(for families with kids ages 5–12)

3:30 PM

The Museum

Thu, November 03

Big Idea
The Big Idea
Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Eirik Johnson Glines River diptych

(SESSION 1) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Dams

Reservoirs, Reclamation, Renewal

4:30 PM

The Museum
Big Idea
The Big Idea
Film
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FILM: Damnation

FILM: DamNation (First Screening)

4:30 PM

Magic Lantern Cinemas
Big Idea
The Big Idea
Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Eirik Johnson Elwha Dam

(SESSION 2) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Dams

Reservoirs, Reclamation, Renewal

5:30 PM

The Museum
Big Idea
The Big Idea
Film
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FILM: Damnation

FILM: DamNation (Second Screening)

7:00 PM

Magic Lantern Cinemas

Fri, November 04

Big Idea
The Big Idea
Youth & Families
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FAMILY PROGRAM: Afternoon Art

FAMILY PROGRAM: Afternoon Art (Session 1)

(for families with kids ages 5–12)

2:30 PM

The Museum
Big Idea
The Big Idea
Youth & Families
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Family Program Afternoon Art at SVMoA

FAMILY PROGRAM: Afternoon Art (Session 2)

(for families with kids ages 5–12)

3:30 PM

The Museum

Past Big Ideas