Jamile Shirley, Cultural Assets Program Manager
As the Cultural Assets Program Manager, Jamile Shirley (she/her) oversees the conservation and collections management of Boise’s expansive collection of public artworks including sculptures, fountains, mosaics, murals, wrapped traffic boxes, and 2D framed portable works.
Jamile’s passion for art and history has been a lifelong endeavor. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University as well as a Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University with a focus on adult teaching and learning. In college, she lived abroad in Rome, Italy, and studied the origins of art and design.
After ten years as a graphic artist, she transitioned into historic preservation and museum collections management. For over a decade, Jamile worked in the Washington, D.C. area on significant projects throughout the east coast, including 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, National Gallery of Art, and five years as a staff Collections Manager at Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
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.