The committee has spoken and six proposals have been selected to share a total of $10,063 from the 2015 Boise Weekly Cover Auction Grant program.
In October 2014, BW reported on the efforts of Levi Bettwieser to collect, develop and preserve photographs for his Rescued Film Project. His work has since been covered by Vice, National Public Radio, CBS This Morning and The Daily Beast, to name a few. Bettwieser was awarded a $2,000 grant for a gallery exhibition and costs associated with the professional publication of a photo album.
Not a company to confine itself to the black-box theater format, Boise Contemporary Theater is always on the lookout for ways to break its mold. BCT will receive a $1,000 grant for its Super Secret Site Specific Something—"a throwback to '60s happenings and environmental theater"—which deconstructs the traditional theater experience by using Boise locations for site-specific drama.
Kansas City Art Institute Professor Hugh Merrill will receive $1,500 for a one-month residency at Surel's Place, where he'll work with University of Utah Professor Janet Kaufman and a variety of local organizations and children on his Grump Meter project. The money will go toward making banners and paintings that illustrate how our moods affect our behavior.
Boise Open Studios Collective (BOSCO) was awarded $1,500 for its ongoing work of sharing local artists' creative process with the general public. BOSCO will use the grant money for advertising, printing and graphic design.
>Hermit Music Festival will put its $2,000 award toward paying musicians, employing a visual artist and advertising costs for its 2015 event, Friday, Sept. 4-Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in Boise and at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna.
Lastly, Boise Weekly will receive $2,063, that will go toward BW Watchdogs, which has helped support 14 longform investigative features since its launch in 2013.
The grant selection committee was comprised of former BW Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader, current BW Art Director Kelsey Hawes, Idaho Commission on the Arts Executive Director Michael Faison and BW Publisher/Owner Sally Freeman.