Boise State’s role in the cultural and intellectual life of the local community is closely linked to the extraordinary partnerships we enjoy with the people and institutions that make Boise the gleaming city it is today. Those important ties will be reinforced and come into even sharper focus with our plans to create a new, high profile home for the arts, where the campus and community art worlds can deepen their connection, mingle and thrive.
Our aspiration – seen in this new building’s purpose, design and location – is to fashion a modern, innovative environment built specifically for the creation, study and display of art. A new architectural icon on the west side of campus on Capitol Boulevard , the building will compliment and extend the extraordinary offerings of Downtown Boise’s cultural district, including its neighbors, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, the Boise Art Museum, and the Log Cabin Literary Center.
Importantly, the building brings all of the Department of Art’s visual art programs, currently housed in seven separate buildings around campus, under one roof – helping to cultivate a common sense of place, belonging and affinity for Boise State’s art programs among students, faculty and the community. Consolidating the university’s visual arts programming will create unique opportunities to foster new multidisciplinary perspectives and understandings among students and faculty. The building also will house the university’s Visual Arts Center, the Idaho Center for the Book and the Arts and Humanities Institute, forming a nexus for the arts and humanities on campus, in the community and throughout the region unmatched by any other public university in the state.
The building itself will be a monument to the significance of the visual arts and humanities at Boise State – a source of education and inspiration for those interested in design and visual literacy.
With a new arts showcase like this, the possibilities for creating deeper ties between the community and university art communities are exciting. We look forward to working with all of our partners to make this newest Boise State building a landmark and a point of pride for the entire community.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.