- George Prentice
- Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson: "You should really invest in things a good three- to seven-years and then see what happens."
The importance of art in our lives towered (quite literally) above Boise Thursday night as Zions Bank filled the Eighth and Main tower with its third annual showcase of local artists.
"We've brought in thousands of people here tonight to enjoy the art, meet the artist and maybe make a connection," said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. "You'll hear local musicians, enjoy some local beer, wine and food, and of course all of these artists will receive some additional exposure, and maybe even a little extra cash to keep them going."
Indeed, many of the more than 60 artists were selling original oil paintings and water colors which filled the first, sixth, 10th and 17th floors of the Eighth and Main Tower. All the while, Anderson played host to the scores of Zions' personal and commercial customers, public and private officials, and movers and shakers in Boise's arts community.
"I like to look at things much like a venture capitalist. It's hard to say, 'Let's start something, give it some money and as for next year? Good luck.' You should really invest in things a good three- to seven- years and then see what happens," Anderson said. 'I'm very proud to that Zions was one of the initial funders of the Sun Valley Film Festal. Look at it now, it's thriving. It we had cut funding after the first year, it may not be here."
According to a 2010 Arts & Economic Prosperity study, total spending by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Boise was just over $48 million, generating 1,602 full-time equivalent jobs, $1.65 million in local government revenue and $2.81 million in state government revenue.