While arts organizations and programs are having their budgets slashed, Boise Weekly is doing what it can to keep the arts alive in the Treasure Valley.
BW is now taking applications for the 2009 Cover Auction Grant, a private arts grant program that has allowed BW to support art and artists while enriching the community.
This year, the grant program will award more than $12,000 to applicants, including the introduction of the PJ Dean Artist Grant, a $1,000 award open to individual visual artists.
For six years, Boise Weekly has featured the work of local artists on the cover. Once a year, we auction off the original artwork from the past year, with the proceeds supporting the arts in our community. For the first four years, funds were distributed to youth arts organizations, but in 2007, the grant program was founded to open up the opportunities for other artists and arts organizations. Since the cover auction started in 2002, it has raised more than $90,000 for local arts.
This year, the inaugural PJ Dean Artist Grant will be the first time individual visual artists may apply for a grant, which must be used for a project or exhibition that Boise Weekly will sponsor. The grant is named in honor of late artist and frequent BW contributor PJ Dean, who died from diabetic complications last year.
The rest of the funds will be allocated by a selection committee, which will review applications. Last year, grant recipients included The Cabin, Thee Art Of, BOSCO, The Mend Project and the Basque Arborglyph Mural Project.
All arts organizations are invited to apply, be they focused on visual or the performing arts. Regardless, anyone applying needs to fill out an application (available at boiseweekly.com) and answer the following questions:
1. How does your organization support local arts?
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?
All applications must be returned to BWHQ no later than Monday, March 1. They can be dropped off in person to 523 Broad St., faxed to 208-342-4733 or e-mailed to email@example.com.