Whether you are an aspiring artist, destined to become the next best-selling author or you just love any and all things related to the arts, Boise, Idaho is the place to be. There are plenty of attractions for the artistically inclined, as well as a few popular writers who have chosen Boise as their home and inspiration.
Literary enthusiasts will love the fact that author Anthony Doerr, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his book All the Light We Cannot See calls Boise home.
Another author who calls Boise home is the New York Times bestselling author AK Turner. Whether you know her from her clever yet intellectual books, or the frank (and sometimes colorful language) of her blogs and Huffington Post articles, you’ll enjoy being somewhere that she can turn up at any time.
The Cabin Literary Center
Readers and writers alike will appreciate the Cabin Literary Center in Boise. This non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing the education and appreciation of both reading and writing to everyone in the area. With programs such as Writers in the Schools (WITS), readings, writing camps, workshops, publication contests and events and numerous literary activities, this is one arts organization everyone should check out.
The Idaho Writers Guild
Writers in all stages of their careers will find Boise an inspiring and helpful place to live. The Idaho Writers Guild, which offers a wealth of networking, education, public projects and programs and plenty of conferences and contests, is a great place for aspiring authors and seasoned writers to further their careers and writing genius.
Idaho Media Professionals
For those in the television, film, creative arts and new media industries, the Idaho Media Professionals are sure to spark even more creativity. With a wealth of job opportunities, education, mixers, screenings, and numerous other events, the sheer amount of support provided by this group is sure to draw you right in, and help you achieve your creative goals.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Actors and actresses of the stage will be thrilled with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The Festival strives to provide education and opportunity for emerging actors, while also providing a myriad of opportunities to grow and develop acting skills. Through numerous activities designed to teach and inspire, this group offers a wealth of opportunities for aspiring actors to hone their crafts and expand their repertoires.
Since its creation in 1972, Ballet Idaho helps promote contemporary and classical ballet through 20 performances each season. Dancers of all skill levels will appreciate the opportunities to further their careers, learn more about the intricacies of ballet and discover the difference professional training can make.
Boise Art Museum
Another great part of the Boise, Idaho art culture is the Boise Art Museum. BAM, as locals call it, is filled with exhibits and collections that will delight every art lover, and they offer a wealth of education opportunities and community gatherings to further the love and appreciation of all things art in Boise. Don’t forget to check out the First Thursday Events as well, which provide interesting exhibits for Idahoans to enjoy.
The Opera Idaho is a must see for those who are inspired by opera performances. Whether an aspiring singer or simply a lover of the professional opera, everyone will find exactly what they need right here in Boise.
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Living in Boise becomes even more special when you discover the emphasis placed on the arts and creativity. The Idaho Commission on the Arts provides services, education, resources, grants and awards that are all designed to further the arts throughout Idaho, and help those in the many fields find the help and development opportunities they need to expand their careers.