Kristen Hill, Cultural Sites Program Manager


Kristen Hill (she/her) leads the Cultural Sites division, including the James Castle House and the Erma Hayman House. Alongside a talented team, she develops exhibitions, public programs, artist residencies, and community partnerships, while ensuring proper legacy management of some of Boise’s most culturally significant and irreplaceable sites.

Since the opening of the James Castle House in 2018, Kristen has spent the last five years streamlining operations, planning for stabilization through site preservation and museum accreditation, and increasing neighborhood pride and community engagement.

In 2022, Kristen led the opening of the Erma Hayman House, the result of a multiyear, community-centered project to preserve the last single-family home on its block in Boise’s River Street Neighborhood. Kristen’s work is focused on site interpretation, preserving and expanding the neighborhood’s treasured stories, and developing meaningful programming.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Visual Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing from Boise State University. Her career path as an artist, gallery manager, communications coordinator, and exhibition curator has all led her to bring arts and audiences together through powerful site-based experiences.

Kristen enjoys sipping on an espresso while reading a good book, cuddling with her cat, practicing French, and traveling. If you ask, she’ll also tell you she loves firing up a power tool, then saying: “I built that.”

CONTACT KRISTEN, 208-336-6610