Cultural Ambassador

The City of Boise Cultural Ambassador program is designed to share Boise’s cultural and creative community with other cities across the globe and foster connection to global audiences.

Acting as Boise’s honorary representative to the world, the Cultural Ambassador engages with national and international audiences through the public expression of culture that helps develop, document, research, share, or reflect upon Boise’s culture and help make Boise the most livable city in the country. The Boise City Department of Arts and History manages the program, and the Boise City Mayor presents the honorific title at the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & History, held in September of odd-numbered years. The cultural ambassador serves a two-year term.

Learn about the selection process and see a list of past ambassadors.


Mayor Bieter and the City Council approved the creation of the Cultural Ambassador program in 2010 to demonstrate the importance of arts and culture in the city. In September 2017, Mayor Bieter announced that Global Lounge and Morrison Center for the Performing Arts will serve as the city's co-cultural ambassadors until the end of 2019.

From 2017 World Village Fest

Global Lounge

Global Lounge builds culturally infused communities through preservation, education, engagement and mentorship in the arts and humanities.

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The stage at the Morrison Center

Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

The Morrison Center provides a home stage for such local arts groups as the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Opera Idaho and Boise State University’s Music and Theatre Arts Departments.

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