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.
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
- Support current FY2020 Arts & History Grant Recipients.
- Follow current James Castle House Resident Eric Follett here and here.
- Buy art, books, records, and merchandise—shop locally as much as possible.
- Donate your ticket cost back to organizations with cancelled performances.
- Stream music.
- Share new releases, writings, and artists’ work with others.
- Donate to organizations.
- Support creatives who work in the service industry with the Boise Virtual Tip Jar:
Has this time of uncertainty inspired you to create?
Share your new work with us by emailing email@example.com, direct messaging us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or by tagging #BoiseCreates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Boise City Department of Arts & History Open Opportunities
- Boise City Department of Arts & History Grants
- James Castle House Residency Program Application
- COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund for Idaho
- Idaho Commission on the Arts COVID-19: Info & Resources for Artists/Arts Orgs
- American for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
- American for the Arts Impact Survey
- National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations
- National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response
- COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
- CERF+: Emergency Grants and Resources for Artists
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
- Springboard for the Arts: Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers & Organizations
- Springboard for the Arts: Emergency Relief Resources for Individuals
- Springboard for the Arts: Emergency Resources for Organizations
- Artwork Archive: Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19
- Artist Relief Tree (ART)
- Artist Relief Project
- Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
- Howlround Theatre Commons: Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)
- Poets & Writers Resources for Writers in the Time of Coronavirus
- Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Relief Programs
- American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
- WomenArts.org Emergency Funds
- ActorsFund.org Resources
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants (Emergency Medical Grants for Artists Who Need Help Paying for Healthcare)
- Anonymous Was A Woman/New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Relief Grant
- American Alliance of Museums: 13 Tips for Working Remotely
- American Alliance of Museums: Resources & Information for the Museum Field
- American Alliance of Museums: Lessons from History: Museums and Pandemics
If you are aware of other resources or information that could be added to this list, please email us at email@example.com.