Creative and Informed Community

Creative and Informed Community

Boise ranked top 10 for best city to live

2018 Business Insider 

Boise’s culture is authentic, vibrant, and inclusive. Our citizens make, feel, experience, and champion that culture on an everyday basis. A creative and informed community is one that supports access to arts, history, technology, and the natural environment while promoting and providing opportunities for discovery, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning for all. We preserve, invest in, and protect historically significant assets and support high-quality events and entertainment that create community cohesion while attracting and retaining a creative workforce.


Kids playing in water fountain

Boise WaterShed River Campus


A collaborative project designed by artists, engineers, and educators, the Boise WaterShed River Campus combines interactive exhibits and beautiful artwork to engage children and adults in the importance of water conservation and renewal. The park-like setting takes the visitor on a simulated journey from the headwaters in our mountains to Lucky Peak Reservoir and Dam, through Boise’s urban streets and on to a representation of one of the city’s water renewal facilities. A flowing “Boise River” is a place for play where diversions can be made, and children act as dam managers.


Small gray stucco house

James Castle House


In 2015, the city purchased the house where internationally recognized Idaho artist James Castle (1899-1977) lived and developed his self-taught style of visual art. To honor the artist’s work and life, the James Castle House opened in 2018 with art and interpretive exhibits, educational programs, and a yearlong international artist-in-residence. The formal dedication of the James Castle House featured a community party at the historic Egyptian Theatre, a three-day inaugural symposium and citywide exhibitions and receptions, culminating in the public opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Group of women singing

Culture Plan


The city council officially adopted the City of Boise’s first ever Cultural Master Plan in 2017. The plan is a tool to understand the evolution of Boise’s rich history, tell the story of our communities and recommend how we develop an integrated, vibrant cultural environment. From the vision of over a thousand Boise residents, a review of research, and an analysis of the community’s needs and opportunities, five goals were identified as necessary to fully develop Boise’s lasting, innovative, and vibrant future. The goals seek to develop a cultural policy, enhance and preserve neighborhood places, maintain and develop cultural assets, foster organizations and partnerships, and expand cultural resources for individuals.


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