Visual Arts Collective is hosting yet another fundraiser—this time for Boise Bike Project. Started by Brian Anderson and Jimmy Hallyburton in 2007, BBP is working to build a stronger cycling community in Boise one frame at a time. Currently based out of the old Boise Rescue Mission on Front and Sixth streets, this repair shop/educational center/donation den is gearing up to pedal into a more permanent home. But before that can happen, they have to fill their baskets with some serious coin.
"Right now, most of the fundraising that we're doing is going towards the building," says Amanda Anderson, fundraiser organizer and wife of Brian Anderson. "Right now, we're in the old mission, and it has no heat, no water and so we're trying to get into a building before next fall that's a permanent home."
Friday, April 17, BBP will cruise over to VaC to throw one hell of a bike bash. From 3-8 p.m. they're kicking things off with a bike sale in the parking lot with vintage road bikes, kids bikes, cruisers, mountain bikes, single speeds and BBP's special urban assault bikes.
"We've discussed doing sliding scale [pricing]," says Anderson. "So, we have the lowest point we can sell it at, and then if people want to pay more, we'd appreciate it. But we want everyone to be able to afford a bike, too."
After the sale and a bike polo match, the party wheels inside for a 21-and-older show featuring Portland's Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Finn Riggins, Le Fleur and Juntura. The winner of the BBP's traveling raffle bike, which is currently at Boise Co-op, will be announced during the evening's festivities. Anderson hopes the event will net the group at least $500 to put toward their next fund-raising shindig—a raucous Basque Block party in conjunction with Boise Bike Week and Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance on Thursday, May 14.
"We'll have a big block party with a band; we have the whole Basque Block. They're going to have scavenger hunts and an alley cat race. We're going to have a beer garden and live music," says Anderson. "It should be fun, but we need to raise money to be able to do this."
BBP gets half the block party's proceeds, a sum that should help them throw down kick stands in their new digs soon.
Friday, April 10, bike sale 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., FREE, $5-$10, VaC, 3638 Osage St. For more info., visit boisebicycleproject.org.