Terri Schorzman, Director
Director Terri Schorzman guides the long-term strategy and implementation of the department’s mission and vision.
“Boise is defined in large part by the quality of its art and the richness of its history,” she says. “These are the qualities that make people love their city.”
Prior to becoming the first director of Boise’s Department of Arts and History, Schorzman served as program director at the Smithsonian Institution, and served for nine years as Idaho’s advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A highlight in Schorzman’s public service was the BOISE 150, which she led in 2013. The Sesquicentennial’s meaningful and highly creative pop-up shop, events, activities, and legacy projects created a platform for authentic, original community engagement with high impact. “I loved every minute of it!” says Schorzman. The yearlong municipal birthday party offered programs that were smart and layered, involved hundreds of community organizations and reached more than 100,000 citizens.
Under Schorzman’s leadership, Boise City Department of Arts and History has been recognized twice by Harvard University’s Ash Center at the Kennedy School of Government, placing it in the Top 25 in the nation for Innovation in Government (2013, 2015). During her tenure with the City, Schorzman has received many awards, among them the Merit Award for Leadership from the American Association in State and Local History, as well as the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Administration. She earned her Masters of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in U.S. History, where she was a Rockefeller Fellow and Regent Scholar. She was admitted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at Colorado State University. With a penchant for mid-20th century architecture and a weakness for British baked goods (served morning and afternoon) Schorzman can tell you the difference between high tea and low tea, a crumpet and a scone. She is a world traveler who loves coming home—and making a difference.
“Citizens tell us at every opportunity that art and history are the lifeblood of our local culture,” says Schorzman. “Together we’ve built tremendous momentum, but there is much more work to be done.”