For this year's annual Cover Auction Grant, BW awarded a total of $14,067. The proceeds from the 2009 auction totaled $12,067, and we added $2,000 that was returned by the South Jr. High School Mural Project after that project was cancelled.
Since 2002, Boise Weekly has featured the work of local artists on the cover. In November of each year, we auction off all of the original works and the proceeds fund our private Cover Auction Grant. We have raised more than $90,000 for local arts.
This year, we received a total of 19 applications, 12 of them for the general grant and seven applications from individual artists. In the past, the grant was only open to organizations. This year, however, we introduced the PJ Dean Artist Grant, a $1,000 award open to individual artists to honor longtime BW contributor PJ Dean who passed away in 2009.
To help parse out the proceeds, we invited an esteemed panel of judges to choose organizations, artists and projects that they felt would enrich Boise's art community. The panel was comprised of people who, themselves, have done much to promote Boise's--and Idaho's--arts: Michael Faison, Tara McElhose-Eiguren, Amy Pence-Brown, Russ Stoddard and Boise Weekly art director Leila Rader.
In the general category, the panel awarded $2,000 to BOSCO, $2,500 to Go Listen Boise, $1,000 to Boise Art Walks, $2,000 to Trey McIntyre Project, $2,042 to TRICA, and $2,000 to the Has Bin Project. BOSCO will use funds to help advertise its popular annual Open Studios Weekend. Go Listen Boise is going to rev up a Grand Ol' Time and Old Time Music Series to help acquaint Boiseans with Old Time Music at family friendly events. Boise Art Walks will use its grant to fund the Boise Basque Block Podcast Tour, the third in a series of podcast tours. Trey McIntyre Project will use its funds to present SpUrbans (Spontaneous + Urban) to Title 1 schools. TRICA plans to continue funding its New Model for Arts Education Initiative. And the Has Bin Project is a group of artists who plan to create a tree out of blue recycle bins.
Though the judges were tasked with choosing one artist to receive the PJ Dean Artist Grant, they were so impressed with the entries, that they awarded Brooke Burton $525 to help with a 3D topographical map, Michael Cordell $1,000 to facilitate an exhibit of photos he took of members of the Idaho Gem Court from 1981 to 1988 and Kirsten Furlong $1,000 to help with work she'll be doing based on a residency at Denali National Park later this year.