Microsoft Arts Funds 2.0 • We Grant You This Wish • Vintage Sun Valley in New York 

Microsoft Arts Funds 2.0

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and his sister Jody Allen Patton, has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations in the five-state Pacific Northwest since 1989. In 2008, more than 200 nonprofits received funds from the foundation—which focuses largely on arts organizations—including $25,000 to Idaho Shakespeare Festival (the third capital gift it's received) and the Garden Valley Library, which received $60,000. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $300 million to various organizations with just $5 million of that coming into Idaho.

Huong Vu, senior program officer and interim foundation program director, spoke with Boise Weekly last year about the Boise Contemporary Theater and University of Idaho grants (BW, "Don't Say They Never Gave You Anything," Oct. 4, 2008) saying, "We have a long standing commitment to support arts and culture in Idaho, and there are some truly wonderful arts organizations we've been partnering with for the past eight years: Boise Art Museum, Boise Contemporary Theater, Bonneville County Historical Society in Idaho Falls, Company of Fools in Hailey, The Idaho Humanities Council, Idaho Shakespeare [Festival], Log Cabin Literary Center, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, University of Idaho."

Vu came to Boise last September and spent time with several organizations. She was struck by what she called Boise's "exciting arts community that rivals any city in the Pacific Northwest." The dollar amounts they pour into Idaho are based on the number and quality of applications the foundation receives, but foundation vice president Susan Coliton said Idaho doesn't ask often. "Actually, we receive the smallest number of applications from Idaho," she said. "The reason Vu was there in the fall was to spread our interest in the arts."

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We Grant You This Wish

You know how once a year you get dressed up all fancy then jolt your bidder card skyward, Shredder-style, trying to snag your favorite BW cover? Well, now's your chance to win back some of that hard-earned dough.

To enter the BW Cover Art Auction Grant answer: 1. How does your organization support local visual artists? 2. Will this grant fund a new or existing project? 3. What's the budget? 4. How will the grant be used? 5. What's the location/accessibility? 6. How will it benefit the community and support the BW Cover Art Auction mission?

Entries are due by Friday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m., at 523 Broad St., Boise. For more information on how to fund your next creative endeavor, call Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055.

Vintage Sun Valley in New York

Next month, Swann Auction Galleries in New York will auction off several vintage ski posters from as far back as 1917. The sale will include ads for the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and a 1934 poster by Herbert Matter for winter sports in Zwitserland among others. Dwight Clark Shepler's designs will also be on the auction block including one for Sun Valley/Union Pacific (pictured) and two variants of Round House on Baldy Mountain, each expected to fetch $3,000 to $4,000, and Sun Valley/Summer Holiday which may rake in $2,000 to $3,000.

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