Boise's Art Scene

September 10, 2018

by hotel43

The Boise art scene is alive with some of the best local arts and culture you'll find in the surrounding states. One might suggest that with such a passion for the arts, you could spend a vacation to see all that the city has to offer while focusing on Boise's arts, festivals, and music alone. Here are some highlights of this great city's art scene.

Basque Center

The Basque Center was built in 1949 and is a gathering place for Basque people in the area. The rich heritage is apparent in every nook and cranny of the sprawling tribute to its people. Visitors can also enjoy the Basque Museum for a lesson on their unique language and culture.


Boise Art Museum

Since December 1932, the Boise Art Museum has been delighting visitors with works of expression and contemporary vision.  The non-profit organization aims to be to be a vital partner in the educational, creative, and cultural life of the Boise community as an innovative leader in the visual arts visual arts.

The BAM, as it's known, hold many events year-round and also has educational programs for children and students. The BAM's website is always up to date with exhibit schedules and keeps an archive of past exhibits to browse. The BAM is open every day except Mondays. Check their website for hours and current events.


Summer Art in The Park

Widely recognized as one of the key cultural events in the Northwest, this open-air festival boasts 200 artists to speak with and purchase from. The event begins on the weekend following Labor Day every September. Come to view the remarkable variety of arts, crafts, and even a special line-up of live entertainment. There is also delicious food from local vendors and plenty of hands-on activities for the kids.

Children's Programs

Kids are tomorrow's artists in the making. So, naturally, there are events and programs to inspire young minds. Boise Art Museum has a variety of things for kids, including Toddler Wednesday, a day for kids 6 and under to make art and listen to a story or two in the galleries. There is also the Treasure Valley Children's Theater with camps and classes for kids ages 4-18.


Freak Ally Art

Graffiti is an art form that transcends conventional genres. It is distinctly urban and can be some of the most fascinating of all works. If that sound interesting to you, take a tour of Boise’s public art, starting in the aptly-named Freak Alley between Bannock and Idaho Streets. This walk of visionary splendor is so diverse in its art that some works are even challenging to see unless you look closely.


It takes a commitment of many people and partners to bring this all to life. Here are some of the folks involved in making Boise's art scene what it is, year after year:

  • Ballet Idaho

  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival

  • Opera Idaho

  • Boise Contemporary Theatre

  • Boise Jazz Society

  • Boise Philharmonic

Explore the broad diversity of the art scene in Boise, and you will see why this city is thought of as a nexus of creativity.