By The Numbers
Boise’s nationally-recognized Department of Arts and History has worked to deliver high community impact with a relatively modest public investment. Here’s a look at the numbers.
ARTS & HISTORY IMPACT
- 1 cent Of every City of Boise general fund tax dollar is dedicated to Department of Arts & History budget
- 15 Full-time and part-time A&H employees
- 1.4% of all City Capital dollars reserved for Art
A&H programming puts hundreds of artists, construction workers, contractors & vendors to work and yields partnerships across the city.
- $7,125,150 Estimated value of City’s art collection
- $2,200,000 Dollars of City funding via Percent for Art has shaped our city’s look and feel
- $1,200,000 Value of Public Art projects in process
- $ 1,809,112 Dollars awarded through the A&H Grant Fund since 1997
A&H’s local focus allows residents to learn about and help shape the design of their community, while honoring and preserving cultural heritage.
- 2,044 Documents and objects saved to date and collected
- 1,600 Full-time jobs supported in Boise in the non-profit arts and culture sector worth $50,000,000
- 934 Artworks in City-owned collections
- 558 A&H Grant Fund approved since 1997
- 400 Site-based public art installations
- 335 Number of Artists represented
- 312 Oral history interviews conducted and transcribed since 2009
- 123 Individuals and organizations honored with the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & History for their outstanding contributions since 1986
- 60+ Local contractors/fabricators/vendors hired in FY2021
- 33 Research requests fulfilled in FY2021
- 16 Artists employed in FY2021
- 4 Number of Out-of-State Artists represented
- 3 Exhibits produced in FY2021
- Implemented a citywide Collections Policy in FY16, ensuring Boise’s arts and history is saved for future citizens.
- Unveiled a citywide Cultural Master Plan in FY17 with details on how to foster Boise’s art and cultural future.
- The City of Boise purchased the James Castle House in 2015. After almost a century of residential use, the house opened to the public in 2018 and is today a center for contemporary and historical exhibits, tours, performances, talks, an Artist-in-Residence program, and community partnerships. The James Castle House is managed and staffed by the Boise City Department of Arts & History as part of its Cultural Sites program.