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.
The cultural plan presents five goals and measurable strategies that are necessary to fully develop Boise’s lasting, innovative, and vibrant future.
- Develop Cultural Policy
- Enhance and Preserve Neighborhood Places
- Maintain and Develop Cultural Assets
- Foster Organizations & Partnerships
- Expand Cultural Resources for Individuals
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:
- Inventories and assesses Boise's completed artworks in the Public Works collection
- Articulates a clear vision for Boise Public Works' public art program as part of the overall work of the City of Boise's Public Art Division
- Outlines opportunities and implementation processes for the upcoming years of public art investments.
Learn more about the City of Boise's Climate Action program.
Boise Airport (2020), photo courtesy of Tory Taglio Photography
Boise Airport’s curving architecture and place-specific public art program showcase the unique characteristics of our community, giving residents and visitors a welcoming sense of Southwest Idaho. Art integrated throughout the airport tells stories about our history, people and the surrounding environment. As the community grows, so does the partnership between the Boise Airport and the Department of Arts & History. Integrated public art has been part of Boise’s airport since the new terminal was completed in 2005 and that will continue to be so. New construction gives us opportunities to expand our horizons and bring more stories into the city’s most visited public facility, making the guest experience more beautiful and informative. This arts master plan for Boise Airport evaluates where we have been, builds on our existing art collection and presents a cohesive path forward for exhibitions of local culture and history, and for new works of public art.