Resources During COVID-19

The Boise City Department of Arts & History is committed to supporting Boise’s cultural community throughout this global health crisis. To the best of our ability, we will continue performing several core functions, including administration, communications, project management, calls and opportunities, and approval process. 

Quick Links

A Few Ways You Can Support Our Cultural Community
Share Your Work
Enjoy Boise's Art and History From Home or Near Your Home
Resources for Artists & Organizations
Resources for Historians & Museum Professionals

A Few Ways You Can Support Our Cultural Community 

Share Your Work 

Has this time of uncertainty inspired you to create?
Share your new work with us by, direct messaging us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or by tagging #BoiseCreates.

Enjoy Boise’s Art and History At Home or Near Your Home 

When going outside, remember to keep a distance of 6 feet from people outside of your household.

Explore our Collections from the comfort of your home.
Partnerships with talented artists, historians, and hundreds of passionate citizens helped build the remarkable Collections under the curation and care of the City of Boise. It’s never been so easy to browse and search the City’s growing collection of Art, Archives, and Historic Artifacts.

Navigate our interactive map and go on a self-guided tour. 
Find public artworks, historic assets, and site-specific research with our interactive map. Focus your search on a favorite Boise landmark or neighborhood, or just take a wander. 

Take a virtual tour of Boise’s rich history with Remnants of Boise.
Remnants of Boise illustrates the last 150+ years of Boise's growth and development through the themes of Community, Environment, and Enterprise. The tour consists of 25 locations that explore a different area of the city. Historic photographs, plats, and maps reveal a better understanding of the evolution of each location.

Boise's 1863 Plat Walking Tour
Explore the City of Boise through the lens of early settlers. Discover boundaries of the plat, including what was lost and how the area has been transformed.
View Boise's 1863 Plat Walking Tour (PDF)

Capitol Boulevard "Did You Know" Walking Tour 
View Capitol Boulevard "Did You Know" Walking Tour (PDF)

Boise Mercantile District Walking Tour 
Boise's Mercantile Block recalls the era of hotels, theaters and merchant houses that made Boise a retail hub.
View Boise Mercantile District Walking Tour (PDF)

West End Walking Trail Guide 
A walk on the Historic West End Trail explores the neighborhoods that marked the western edge of Boise city limits until the 1950's. Just over 3 miles in length, the trail points out some of the people and properties that give the West End a rich history, as well as its architectural and cultural diversity.
View West End Walking Trail Guide (PDF)

Depot Bench Walking Tour
Learn about unique locations, architecture and historical trivia around the Depot Bench. You can access these tours from your computer or mobile device.
View Depot Bench Walking Tour (HTTP)

Information & Resources

We have gathered some helpful articles and compiled a list of resources to help support Boise’s cultural community during COVID-19. This list is collaborative and ongoing, so please check back often, and send your suggestions to 

Resources for Artists & Organizations

Resources for Historians & Museum Professionals 

If you are aware of other resources or information that could be added to this list, please email us at