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Give Me All Your Munny; Nothing Trivial About Good Business 

Organizations such as Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Boise City Department of Arts and History and VSA of Idaho (an organization that helps artists with disabilities) not only provide resources for artists so that they can create, but also try to help them find ways to use their creations to eat, pay the mortgage and put gas in the car. Point in case: an upcoming workshop Nov. 3-4 led by Bruce Baker, entitled No Trivial Pursuit: The Business Side of Being an Artist.

While in Boise, Baker will help local artists become better business people. The workshop is free, so the whole "I'm a starving artist and can't afford it" excuse won't work.

The deadline to register for the workshop is Friday, Oct. 29, and space is limited, so don't paint yourself into a corner by waiting too long. Send an e-mail to info@arts.idaho.gov or call 208-334-2119, Ext. 102. The session on Wednesday, Nov. 3, is from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Boise Public Library and the Thursday, Nov. 4, session is from 9 a.m.-noon at Boise City Hall.

On Oct. 7, the Record Exchange kicked off its Fifth Annual Munny Silent Auction Fundraiser. This highly successful fundraiser taps into the talents of local creative types, who are given a blank Munny (a big-headed vinyl toy made by KidRobot) and given carte blanche to reconstruct, deconstruct, design, color and otherwise adorn the little ugsters however they see fit. In years past, the artists have included Grant Olsen, the Bunnell boys, Sean Wyett, Mike Flinn, E.J. Pettinger, Toby Robin, the Youtz/Martsch family, Karen Bubb, Ben Wilson, Michael Cordell, Bill Carman, Erin Cunningham, Julia Green, Jerms Lanningham and many more.

The auction was moved to October this year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness month, so through Friday, Oct. 29, the newly designed Munnys will be on display and bids will be accepted. At the end of the auction, a lucky few will walk away with a very cool Munny and the Women and Children's Alliance will walk away with a big check made up of the auction proceeds. To close the auction with a bang at 5:30 p.m., the talented kids from Boise Rock School will tear up the joint with a rockin' performance.

The Record Exchange is at 1105 W. Idaho St. Visit therecordexchange.com for more information.

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