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Boise Arts: Art Scene in Boise

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Boise was recently named one of the most underrated cities in the west by Life Magazine, and hosts a surprisingly active arts scene for a city of its size. Local artisans display their handiwork throughout Boise in the form of murals and installations, lending a distinctly cosmopolitan feel to the city. Several high-profile performing arts organizations are also centered here in Boise, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Ballet Idaho.

Boise Arts Information

  • Experience Boise—Information about arts and cultural happenings in Boise, as well as an events calendar
  • Boise Weekly—Alternative weekly paper with excellent arts and entertainment coverage
  • Boise Arts—Personal blog about the Boise arts and culture scene.
  • Downtown Boise Association – listings for all sorts of events, artistic and otherwise, in and around downtown Boise

 

Art Museums

Boise Art Museum

Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum (BAM) originated in 1931 as the Boise Art Association, when a group of about thirty local art enthusiasts gathered in the Boise Hotel with one common goal: to foster a greater appreciation for art in the state of Idaho and its capital city.  The Association’s first exhibition was held at the Hotel Boise.  In 1937, the BAA, in partnership with the City of Boise and the …more…

Theater

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Boise Contemporary Theater

BCT presents theater that is intended to illuminate enduring themes while exploring contemporary issues and ideas. To that end, the company’s mainstage productions have ranged from Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot to Sam Shepard’s True West, Diana Son’s Kiss, and Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, while its staged reading series has embraced such works as Yasmina Reza’s Art, David Auburn’s Proof, Patrick Marber’s Closer, and Kenneth Lonergan’s …more…

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Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, ID)

(June 1 – September 29, 2012) Despite its title, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is not devoted exclusively to plays by the Bard; its repertory includes works from various dramatic periods and genres, and it also serves as an artistic home for emerging regional and national playwrights. Performances are given in a 760-seat, state-of-the-art amphitheater on the site of a habitat reserve that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals including deer, heron, ducks, geese, and the occasional fox. The William Shakespeare Park offers picnicking and river viewing areas; food and beverages are available at Café Shakespeare. ...more...

Classical Music

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Boise Philharmonic

The current incarnation of the Boise Philharmonic was established in 1960 and today, is Idaho’s oldest and largest performing organization, tracing its roots to the mid-1880’s with the formation of the Boise City Orchestra. The Philharmonic’s 70 professional musicians perform 14 Masterworks programs each season, reaching over 50,000 people annually…With a wonderful education and outreach program, the symphony ...more...

Opera

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Opera Idaho

Opera Idaho traces its roots back to the Boise Opera Workshop, which began in the 1960s. The name of the organization was subsequently changed to Boise Civic Opera, Boise Opera, and finally – in 1997 – to Opera Idaho…After years of staging operas, operettas, and musicals at the Morrison Center and other venues, the company is now committed to performing at least two productions per season at the Egyptian Theatre; ...more...

Jazz

BoiseJazzSociety

Boise Jazz Society

Boise Jazz Society is dedicated to promoting world-class jazz in its beloved hometown. Each season, the Society puts on three subscription concerts featuring a diverse line-up of some of the best players around. Performances take place in an intimate space at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Other membership benefits include lectures, symposia, listening and viewing parties and a …more…

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Gene Harris Jazz Festival

(March 21-22, 2012) In 1996, renowned jazz pianist Gene Harris led a group of local educators and investors to create an endowment for scholarships in jazz at Boise State University. Two years later the festival began, featuring jazz musicians of international renown performing at night and working with student musicians during the day. ...more...

Dance

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho reinvented itself in 2008 after dissolving a 14-year asset-sharing partnership with Eugene Ballet in Oregon. Starting almost from scratch, the company was quickly rebuilt with a new group of dancers and a new artistic director, Peter Anastos, most well-known as founding director of the hilariously gender-bending Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. ...more...

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Trey McIntyre Project

Listed as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2001, choreographer Trey McIntyre has been on the dance world’s radar for a while. His work is noted for its contemporary athletic style underpinned by classical ballet technique and for its use of disparate musical genres ranging from Frédéric Chopin to the 1970s rock band Queen.

The Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) began in 2005 as a summer touring group, making its …more…

Venues

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Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

Though it opened in 1984, the Morrison Center represents the fruits of a dream held by local philanthropist Harry Morrison since the late 1950s, to build a venue serving all the performing needs of the Boise community. Today the Morrison Center is the premiere performance venue in the state of Idaho.

The Center is located on the campus of Boise State University, but is funded and operated as a private entity. …more…

Art Museums

Boise Art Museum

Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum (BAM) originated in 1931 as the Boise Art Association, when a group of about thirty local art enthusiasts gathered in the Boise Hotel with one common goal: to foster a greater appreciation for art in the state of Idaho and its capital city.  The Association’s first exhibition was held at the Hotel Boise.  In 1937, the BAA, in partnership with the City of Boise and the …more…

Theater

bctheater

Boise Contemporary Theater

BCT presents theater that is intended to illuminate enduring themes while exploring contemporary issues and ideas. To that end, the company’s mainstage productions have ranged from Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot to Sam Shepard’s True West, Diana Son’s Kiss, and Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, while its staged reading series has embraced such works as Yasmina Reza’s Art, David Auburn’s Proof, Patrick Marber’s Closer, and Kenneth Lonergan’s …more…

idashaks

Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, ID)

(June 1 – September 29, 2012) Despite its title, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is not devoted exclusively to plays by the Bard; its repertory includes works from various dramatic periods and genres, and it also serves as an artistic home for emerging regional and national playwrights. Performances are given in a 760-seat, state-of-the-art amphitheater on the site of a habitat reserve that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals including deer, heron, ducks, geese, and the occasional fox. The William Shakespeare Park offers picnicking and river viewing areas; food and beverages are available at Café Shakespeare. ...more...

Classical Music

boisephil

Boise Philharmonic

The current incarnation of the Boise Philharmonic was established in 1960 and today, is Idaho’s oldest and largest performing organization, tracing its roots to the mid-1880’s with the formation of the Boise City Orchestra. The Philharmonic’s 70 professional musicians perform 14 Masterworks programs each season, reaching over 50,000 people annually…With a wonderful education and outreach program, the symphony ...more...

Opera

operaidaho

Opera Idaho

Opera Idaho traces its roots back to the Boise Opera Workshop, which began in the 1960s. The name of the organization was subsequently changed to Boise Civic Opera, Boise Opera, and finally – in 1997 – to Opera Idaho…After years of staging operas, operettas, and musicals at the Morrison Center and other venues, the company is now committed to performing at least two productions per season at the Egyptian Theatre; ...more...

Jazz

BoiseJazzSociety

Boise Jazz Society

Boise Jazz Society is dedicated to promoting world-class jazz in its beloved hometown. Each season, the Society puts on three subscription concerts featuring a diverse line-up of some of the best players around. Performances take place in an intimate space at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Other membership benefits include lectures, symposia, listening and viewing parties and a …more…

gharris2

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

(March 21-22, 2012) In 1996, renowned jazz pianist Gene Harris led a group of local educators and investors to create an endowment for scholarships in jazz at Boise State University. Two years later the festival began, featuring jazz musicians of international renown performing at night and working with student musicians during the day. ...more...

Dance

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho reinvented itself in 2008 after dissolving a 14-year asset-sharing partnership with Eugene Ballet in Oregon. Starting almost from scratch, the company was quickly rebuilt with a new group of dancers and a new artistic director, Peter Anastos, most well-known as founding director of the hilariously gender-bending Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. ...more...

tmac2

Trey McIntyre Project

Listed as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2001, choreographer Trey McIntyre has been on the dance world’s radar for a while. His work is noted for its contemporary athletic style underpinned by classical ballet technique and for its use of disparate musical genres ranging from Frédéric Chopin to the 1970s rock band Queen.

The Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) began in 2005 as a summer touring group, making its …more…

Venues

morrison

Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

Though it opened in 1984, the Morrison Center represents the fruits of a dream held by local philanthropist Harry Morrison since the late 1950s, to build a venue serving all the performing needs of the Boise community. Today the Morrison Center is the premiere performance venue in the state of Idaho.

The Center is located on the campus of Boise State University, but is funded and operated as a private entity. …more…