Jamile Shirley, Cultural Assets Program Manager

Jamile Shirley (she/her) oversees the care, conservation, and management of Boise’s collection of public artworks including sculptures, fountains, mosaics, murals, wrapped traffic boxes, and two-dimensional framed portable works.

Jamile holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University with a focus on adult teaching and learning. As a student, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy where she explored the early origins of art and design.

Although she began her career as a graphic designer, Jamile eventually transitioned into historic preservation and museum collections management. For over a decade, she worked in Washington, D.C. on projects at the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Capitol Building, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, Thomas Edison National Historic Park, Ringling Museum of Art, and National Gallery of Art.

In addition, she served as a Collections Manager at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum where her work focused on the seven-year, 1-billion-dollar renovation of the National Air and Space Museum building, including supporting the de-install and reinstalling of more than 3,000 artifacts, as well as redesigning 23 new galleries.

Born and raised in Iowa, Jamile values the deep sense of community found within the city of Boise and believes art plays an integral role in remembering the past, situating the present, and inspiring the future community. She enjoys spending time with family, creating, running, cycling, hiking, yoga, traveling, and caring for her growing collection of house plants.

jshirley@cityofboise.org, 208-608-7045