Paul G. Allen Foundation Grants Announced 

Boise arts orgs get big-name support

Pamela Swenson opens at Enso.

Pamela Swenson opens at Enso.

Paul G. Allen Foundation Grants Announced

Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen has been good to Idaho and 2012 is no exception. This year, five Idaho-based nonprofits have been awarded grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, totaling $665,000.

All of Idaho's grant winners this year are repeat recipients. Boise Art Museum received a contribution last year to support the installment of Mike Rathbun's "The Situation He Found Himself In" and has again been awarded $50,000 for Nick Cave's exhibit Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival will receive $125,000 to support a capacity-building technology development project, and Catholic Charities of Idaho--an organization that offers parenting and financial education, job-skill building and English conversation classes--has been awarded $110,000 to increase financial stability among low-income individuals.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center will receive $150,000, which will go toward capacity-building assistance for Idaho nonprofits. Also in the arts and culture realm, the University of Idaho Foundation has been awarded $20,000 to support the 2012 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, an annual event in Moscow for more than 40 years. Also the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, received $50,000 to support Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: Weiser, Idaho, a multi-media project.

From 1990-2010, the foundation awarded $428 million to nonprofit organizations in the Northwest. Of the five states served by the foundation--Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington--Idaho has received the least, $3.7 million compared to Washington's whopping $258.9 million. Idaho nonprofits who want to plead for a bigger slice of next year's grant pie can visit pgafoundations.com for more info on the application process.

Aside from grant opportunities, local arts lovers have another reason to see green. Landscape artist Pamela Swenson will host an opening reception for her new exhibition of oil paintings and works on paper Friday, Feb. 3, from 5-8 p.m. at Enso Artspace.

Originally from Minnesota, Swenson has chosen Southern Idaho to continue her post-baccalaureate art education. In a press release about the exhibition, Swenson said: "Living in the country for most of my life, I have a strong connection to the land, sky, water ... These qualities of nature greatly affect me and inform my work."

Seasons: New Work by Pamela Swenson continues through Thursday, March 8. For more info, visit ensoartspace.com.

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