Grant will increase gallery display space

Buenaventura Art Association Executive Director Sharon Taylor accepts a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation from BAA member-volunteer Don Scott.

The Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the media company E.W. Scripps, recently approved a volunteer grant in of $1,250 for the Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura’s 64-year-old nonprofit artists’ cooperative. BAA is relocating its downtown gallery to Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., and will use the funds toward constructing three moveable walls to increase the display space in its new home.

The grant will cover about a quarter of the cost of the 4-by-8-foot double-sided modules, which will add 192 square feet of wall space to the gallery.

Retiree Don Scott, a longtime BAA member and former board director, applied for the foundation’s help based on his 36-year career at the Ventura County Star and its predecessor, the Ventura Star-Free Press, both of which were Scripps newspapers. He and his wife, Mary Kolada Scott, also a BAA artist and former Scripps newsroom employee, have successfully applied for similar grants over the past several years for BAA projects. #SHFoundation

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