We’ll start with the big one first:
Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic, shares this item, about the OSF: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland has been given a $3 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. As a result, OSF will change the name of its outdoor amphitheatre from the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion to the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. This is the latest in a long series of generous gifts the Allen family has contributed to OSF’s facilities and programming. This new award brings the total amount of money the foundation has donated to the theater to $11 million.
–The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced its grants to museums and educational facilities across the country. (The IMLS is closed as of this writing due to the government shutdown, but the website is still up.) The state received a total of $816,066 in 2013; here’s a sampling of recipients: Seattle Art Museum, award: $150,000; matching amount: $353,316, to test new strategies in programming, research, and community-building to broaden participation by young adults ages 18-35; Bellevue Botanical Garden, award amount: $149,600; matching amount: $153,716, for an interactive visitor map, interactive touchscreens in the new visitor orientation room, and to develop an a mobile app; and Pacific Science Center, award: $117,340; matching amount: $120,619, to implement Exploring Earth System Science, a two-year project designed to increase visitors’ literacy about such topics as earthquakes, hurricanes and ocean science.
–Artist Trust, the Washington nonprofit, announces the winners of its $50,000 Arts Innovator Awards: John Grade, who creates large-scale sculptures exhibited indoors and outdoors around the globe, most designed to change over time and often involve large groups of people to build and install. His 65-foot sculpture “Wawona” is at MOHAI; and David Shields, the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington, and the author of 15 books, including “Salinger” (cowritten with Shane Salerno) and “The Thing About Life is Someday You’ll be Dead.”