Three area groups received surprise SEED Grants

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has selected three Idaho arts organizations among 16 nationally to receive its second round of SEED grants. The grants are unrestricted operating capital that provides support in by allowing them to build infrastructure and programming to ensure growth and longevity.

The recipients are Off Center Dance, a modern dance company performing in the Treasure Valley; Story Story Night, a community narrative initiative based in Boise; and, Visual Arts Collective, a multiuse venue in Garden City. Each will receive $10,000 each year over the next three years. Each group was selected by anonymous nominations by community leaders so the awards came as a surprise to grantees.

Off Center’s artistic director Kelli Brown plans to use the funds to support collaborations, reach out to under served audiences and experiment with nontraditional performance venues.

Jessica Holmes, co-founder of Story Story Night, plans to shore up the group’s administrative structure and reach deeper into the surrounding community.

Samuel Stimpert, who owns and operates the VaC wants to expand the already close working relationships he has with Alley Repertory Theater and local music groups and visual artists.

The Rauschenberg Foundation concentrates its SEED grants in regions that are culturally rich but may not have robust financial support for the arts. The foundation fosters Rauschenberg’s legacy and his belief that art can change the world.

Other recipients of the SEED grants are in Buffalo, Cleveland, Kansas City, Missouri, and Phoenix.

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