Arts Organizations Win Grants 

Plus, groundbreaking on new downtown public art

Earlier this month, three local arts organizations received grants that were as much a surprise to them as the big check is to Publisher's Clearinghouse winners.

The Rauschenberg Foundation--founded in 1990 by artist Robert Rauschenberg to "promote awareness of the causes and groups close to his heart"--awarded seed grants to 16 small- to mid-sized arts organizations in cities across the U.S., including three in Boise: Off Center Dance, Visual Arts Collective and Story, Story Night.

The Foundation "worked in partnership with cultural leaders in underserved communities" to find grantees that make "unique contributions to their communities." Nominations were made anonymously and the awards were a surprise to the grantees, who will receive $10,000 per year for three years (for a total of $30,000) of "unrestricted capital," meaning they can use the funds however they see fit. According to a spokesperson, the foundation hopes the money will be "put toward the [recipient] organization's sustainability and the community."

And in news of another groundbreaking surprise, groundbreaking has begun on a new public art project. When Boise Weekly spoke with local architect Steve Trout earlier this summer (BW, Citizen, Steve Trout, June 12, 2013), he talked about working with local artist Dwaine Carver on a large "trellis" of stainless steel and greenery that will stand like a sentry at the north Eighth Street entrance to the Grove Plaza. The amalgam of man-made and organic materials is slated to be a 16- to 18-foot-tall "heliotrope" of twisted rods, as well as vines that are expected to change with the seasons. Check back for more on this project in the coming weeks.

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