On March 2 a panel made up of local luminaries met at Boise Weekly HQ and sifted through the applications for the 2010 Boise Weekly Cover Auction grants. Our thanks go out to Karen Bubb, City of Boise Department of Arts and History's public arts manager; Michael Faison, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts; Jessica Flynn, founder and CEO of Red Sky Public Relations; choreographer and visual artist Amy O'Brien; BW art director Leila Ramella-Rader; and Ryan Smith, a longtime supporter of the auction and 2010's high bidder. With the return of some unused money from the 2009 grants, we had a total of $15,646 to award thanks to the hundreds of art appreciators who joined us at our cover art auction this year. The grants will be awarded as follows:
Boise Contemporary Theater: $3,000. BCT will create a new theater arts education program, the BCT Theater Lab, in which students will create stage props for use in BCT productions.
WGP: $2,800. Theater company Welsh Garcia Productions will produce an original horror play that will integrate local history and folklore and will run three weeks during Halloween.
BOSCO: $2,000. Boise Open Studios Collective Organization will put the grant money toward its annual Open Studios event.
Trey McIntyre Project: $2,000. TMP's grant award will go toward its third annual "9+1" exhibit.
Boise Bicycle Brigade: $1,521. BBB will have 30 artists each create a bike-themed poster, from which 30 prints will be reproduced and sold at an upcoming poster party.
Idaho Dance Theatre: $1,000. ITD will use the money to purchase new dance costumes for Orpheus and Eurydice, a collaboration between IDT, Boise State, BAM and Opera Idaho.
Boise Parks and Recreation: $780. Parks and Rec will hold a two-hour potter class designed for individuals with disabilities.
When we founded the PJ Dean Artist Grant in 2010, our intent was to award funds to one artist. We quickly learned that it was too difficult to choose only one and this year we have four.
Rachel Reichert: $1,000. Reichert is working on "Searching for Quartzburg," a multi-media project in which she "investigates the lives of Idaho residents ... dreamers, visionaries, eccentrics, hermits ... in one word, outsiders."
Scott Michael Phillips: $545. Phillips, who is new to Boise, plans to work on a non-objective, abstract painting project that he will then donate to the Idaho Youth Ranch and other organizations for them to sell.
Benjamin Love: $500. This grant money will go toward a print exchange portfolio that will include work by 16 artists from across the United States and Canada.
Tomas Montano: $500. Montano will complete a series of large, screen-printed and painted plywood panels.
CORRECTION: We incorrectly state the way in which Boise Contemporary Theater will use its grant. While the funds will support the BCT Theater Lab, the program actually allows students to create new works for the BCT stage.