Have Fun for a Good Cause at the Trunk it Up Benefit 

Friday, July 8 at Visual Arts Collective

Get crunk at Trunk it Up, a benefit for Anneliessa Balk.

Mika Belle

Get crunk at Trunk it Up, a benefit for Anneliessa Balk.

Since 2005, the Visual Arts Collective has helped make art accessible in Boise, hosting live music, art exhibitions and performance art. VAC co-founders Anneliessa Balk and Sam Stimpert have given a lot to the community, and now the community is returning the favor.

Balk has been in and out of the hospital and the bills are piling up, so VAC is hosting Trunk It Up, a veritable festival of talent to raise money for Balk. Bands like Owlright, Talk Math to Me, Junior Rocket Scientist, Atomic Mama, Sleepy Seeds, Field Guide, Dark Swallows, Brett Netson, Discoma, Le Fleur, Finn Riggins, Tim Andreae and more have signed on to play the benefit show on Friday, July 8. Alongside the music, there will also be an elephant art silent auction and Robert Smith look-a-like contest.

According to its website, "VAC is dedicated to providing Boise and the Treasure Valley opportunities to explore various disciplines, to engage in interactive art, to participate in special events and to encourage artists and the community to continue in the discovery of artistic expression." It has done that and more--it's helped nurture and grow the local artistic community. Tickets to the show are only $5 for a full afternoon and evening of music, so come show your love for art, VAC and Balk. Additional donations will be accepted and appreciated.

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