Cultural Planning

Adopted by the Boise City Council on February 7, 2017, the City of Boise’s Cultural Master Plan – the first in Boise’s history – is an overview of existing cultural resources and strategic vision for future investments. It is a tool for current and future leaders to understand the evolution of the arts communities and the richness of Boise’s history. Ultimately, the Plan recommends where we go to develop an integrated, vibrant cultural environment.

City of Boise Cultural Master Plan

The cultural plan presents five goals and measurable strategies that are necessary to fully develop Boise’s lasting, innovative, and vibrant future.

  1. Develop Cultural Policy
  2. Enhance and Preserve Neighborhood Places
  3. Maintain and Develop Cultural Assets
  4. Foster Organizations & Partnerships
  5. Expand Cultural Resources for Individuals


City of Boise Cultural Master Plan Executive Summary (PDF)
City of Boise Cultural Master Plan (PDF)
Fact Sheet (PDF)

Boise Public Works Arts Master Plan

Rings (2013) by Kirsten Furlong

Cultural planning focuses on tracking progress with the Cultural Plan and developing internal plans with other City departments to align with overall City strategies related to arts, history, and culture. On May 4, 2021, Boise City Council adopted the Public Works Arts Master Plan. As part of the City of Boise's Climate Action goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2050, the plan advocates for the integration of art into the public infrastructure of the city, and explores how art can both reveal and celebrate our diverse histories while bringing to light the land and community we share. It is a platform to discuss and engage our community in environmental issues, and a call to artists to become impactful leaders in this space.

To that end, the Boise Public Works Arts Master Plan:


Boise Public Works Arts Master Plan 2020 (PDF, single page)
Boise Public Works Arts Master Plan 2020 (PDF, double page)

Learn more about the City of Boise's Climate Action program.