Though we've talked about this many times before, it bears repeating...
Each week, the cover of Boise Weekly is an original work by a local artist and once each year, the public has the opportunity to bid on those works at our our annual Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction. Artists receive 30 percent of the price their work garners and the remainder of the proceeds go into our Cover Auction Grant program and to support our investigative journalism mission. We'd like to thank everyone who applied for a grant and while we wish we could support them all, following are the recipients of our 2015 Cover Art Auction Grant:
Organizations: Bob's Art Farm, BOSCO, Hermit Music Festival, LED, Serenata Orchestra and World Village Festival.
Individuals: Dave Eggar, Kirsten Furlong and Veiko Valencia.
If you have questions or want more information on how to apply for our grant program, email Amy or Sally at boiseweekly.com. Winners, your checks are in the mail (seriously).
In other news, this week's edition of BW takes a few interesting angles of the issue of homelessness in Boise. Staff writer Jessica Murri profiles the important—though underfunded—work done at the Allumbaugh House, which helps those struggling with mental health crises and drug and alcohol abuse get back on their feet. Getting sober, however, is only a piece of the puzzle. Staying that way and getting into a stable environment is every bit as important, which is the thrust behind the city of Boise's new "housing first" strategy for dealing with homelessness.
Murri then takes another look at homelessness, but through the eyes of those affected by it. As part of her senior project, 17-year-old Sarah Ridgway gave cameras to seven people staying at Interfaith Sanctuary and asked them to document their lives. The results were as beautiful as they were impacting.