Resources for Boise's Cultural Community During COVID-19

Resources for Boise's Cultural Community during COVID-19

The Boise City Department of Arts & History is committed to supporting Boise’s cultural community throughout this global health crisis. The following list of resources is ongoing—please check back for updates and contact us if you have something to add. Get the latest information on COVID-19 and the City of Boise.

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A Few Ways to Support Our Cultural Community
Share Your Work
Explore the COVID Community Collection
Experience the James Castle House
Enjoy Boise's Art & History From Home or Near Your Home
Information & Resources
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A Few Ways to 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.

Explore the COVID Community Collection

In the summer of 2020, we put out a call to the creative and cultural community for works documenting the time surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to keeping our own records and collecting stories from the community, we wanted to provide artists with an opportunity to create something tangible to help us all better understand and process the significance of this experience.

The result is the City of Boise's COVID Community Collection, an assembly of 27 works from 25 Boise artists, together documenting and reflecting on the past year. Spanning a wide range of mediums—from poems and plays to paintings and prints to digital art and textiles—these works come together with breadth and depth to tell an unfinished story.

We hope that this collection provides a space for reflection and healing, and that the creative testimonies within it serve as a resource for future generations to gain an understanding of this crisis and its impact on our community,

Explore the collection.

Experience the James Castle House

The James Castle House, managed and staffed by the Boise City Dept. of Arts & History, offers one-hour long in-person site tours exploring the life and work of James Castle. Hosted by James Castle House staff, visitors gain insight into the history of Castle's life and explore original artworks and artifacts that informed his art-making practice every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (times vary). Visit the James Castle House website to make a reservationYou can also experience and engage with the James Castle House online (At Home With The James Castle House; Collection), virtually (What's On?), and shop the General Store online. More at

Enjoy Boise Art, History, and Culture At Home or Near Your Home 

When heading outside, please remember to practice physical distancing and adhere to group size limitations.

Keep learning about the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage with Notes from the City Historian.
The 19th Amendment recognized the right to vote for many women—but not all. In 2020, we celebrated the Boise individuals who mobilized and empowered women to advocate for suffrage, and expands the conversation to include underrepresented groups. Learn more: So We Did: Celebrating Women's Suffrage at 100.

Experience one of our cultural sites from a distance with At Home with the James Castle House.
Join us from the comfort of your home to explore resources, entertainment and learning opportunities for everyone. This new page will be updated regularly, sharing with you what we find so special about James Castle, his work, and his house.

Enjoy our archive of interviews with members of Boise's cultural community on the Creators, Makers, & Doers blog.
Developed in the spirit of the Boise City Department of Arts & History’s mission, the Creators, Makers, & Doers series is motivated to explore the lives and processes of the creative community and ignite conversation around all the great work happening Boise. 

Explore our Collections from anywhere.
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. 

Download a public art brochure or request one at

Boise Airport
Boise Bench
Downtown Boise
North/East/West End Boise
South Boise
West Boise

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

Boise's Open Space: Celebrating 20 Years of the Foothills Levy
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the first foothills levy passed by 59% of Boise voters on May 22, 2001. With a two-year, $10 million dollar commitment, Boiseans showed tremendous support for protecting open space in the Boise Foothills. To celebrate the landmark vote, the Boise City Department of Arts & History invites the public to visit and explore an exhibit of historic photographs and stories unlocking the origins, conditions, and events surrounding the foothills' environment, as well as the impact of the levy on Boise’s open space over the last two decades. On view on the third floor of Boise City Hall through September 30, 2021 during regular hours. Browse the exhibit with an online companion.  

City Halls Past & Present - Online Exhibit
City hall buildings represent the city government and its center of power. They house government officials and staff who keep the city running, and also provide access points for citizens to reach the people who work on their behalf. The history of Boise’s city hall structures reflects the growth and evolution of the city itself. Over the past 157 years, Boise municipal government offices transitioned from borrowed spaces in offices and private residences to the current downtown City Hall Plaza, occupying a full city block, with a second facility in West Boise for the Police and Fire departments.
View the City Halls Past & Present - Online Exhibit

“Workin’ 9 to 5: Boise Suffragists in Downtown Boise" 
Downtown history tours often focus on the architecture of buildings and the businesses they held. Invariably, these stories primarily focus on men. The aim of this tour is to depart from the traditional narrative and, instead, show the indelible mark women have left on downtown Boise. Join the adventure to learn more about our built environment through the lens of women's history. Take a (virtual) walk! 

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 for Artists, Organizations, Museum Professionals, & Cultural Workers 

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 

Financial Resources


Surveys & Calls

Articles & Materials

More Resource Lists

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