Grants Granted 

Supporting local artists

Grants Granted

Since founding the Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction Grants program, we have awarded nearly $100,000 to local arts organization and individual artists. March 6, a panel comprised of Terri Schorzman (Boise City Arts and History Department director), Michael Faison (Idaho Commission on the Arts executive eirector), Sally Freeman (Boise Weekly publisher/owner) and Tomas Montano (local artist, Boise Weekly co-art director) sat down in the BW conference room and pored through nearly 20 submissions for the 2014 Cover Art Grants. (Mayor Dave Bieter was looking forward to participating but was called away on city business.)

After much deliberation, the panel awarded a total of $9,500 to the following organizations and individuals:

Surel's Place: $1,500 to support its artists-in-residency program.

Hermit Music Festival: $2,000 to fund the second annual festival.

Boise Open Studios (BOSCO): $1,500 to support its operations.

Ballet Idaho: $1,000 to fund its New Voices program.

Boise Contemporary Theater: $1,000 to produce The Uncanny Valley.

Homegrown Theatre: $1,500 to produce DIRT.

Kate Walker: $500 to film an art video project.

The panel also set aside $500 for an artist to paint a mural at the end of the hallway here at BWHQ. We're calling it the Artist Portal Project and we'll put out a call to artists soon.

Speaking of calling artists, the deadline to become a member of BOSCO is Monday, March 31. A big part of the nonprofit is the "open studios" element. BOSCO members open their studios one weekend per year (Oct. 11-12, 2014), allowing people to see the artistic process. Membership is juried and this year, the juror is renowned local artist Cheryl Shurtleff.

Applications must be submitted electronically and you can find them at boiseopenstudios.com. For more information, call Marianne Konvalinka at 208-866-6306, email bosco.membership@gmail.com or visit BOSCO's Facebook page at facebook.com/Boise.Open.Studios.

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