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Boise Art Museum Awarded Grant from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy

Boise Art Museum (BAM) is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of a prestigious grant from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy to support creative aging programming at the Museum.

BAM is among only 16 nationally accredited art museums across the United States that were awarded grants as part of the second phase of E.A. Michelson’s Vitality Arts Project for Art Museums. These grant awards, totaling more than $3 million, are a continuation of E.A. Michelson Philanthropy’s investment in creative aging programs that are an essential part of reaching the growing demographic wave of older Americans…

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Boise Art Museum Secures 40-year Lease for Facility in Julia Davis Park

Boise Art Museum signed a long-term, 40-year lease that will allow it to continue to serve the community from its historically significant Museum facility in Julia Davis Park.

Boise Art Museum built the original building in 1936. Over the years, with the help of generous donors, the Museum expanded the building to more than ten times its original size. Today, we are the only nationally accredited collecting art museum within a 300-mile radius, with a Permanent Collection of more than 4,000 artworks.

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Art and Inclusion at BAM

Boise Art Museum is committed to accessibility and inclusion. We believe that exhibitions, designed with the needs of a range of people of varying abilities, enrich the experiences of all visitors. New learning and engagement affordances to welcome people with low or no vision, no or low hearing, and other differences of ability are being piloted within the exhibition, Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea, which opened on July 31, 2021 and is on display through February 13, 2022, at BAM.

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BAM’s New Remote Learning Program – ArtReach

Boise Art Museum is excited to announce the launch of its brand new remote learning program for schools – the FREE Online ArtReach Program!

BAM developed this digital application to meet the current and future needs of Idaho’s teachers and students, with curriculum-aligned, cross-disciplinary educational content that meets state and national visual arts standards. BAM’s new online platform includes themed lessons with images and information about artworks, discussion questions, and art-making videos. K-12 teachers making reservations for the program receive art supplies for a hands-on art project, and free admission passes for students to visit BAM with their families.

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Boise Art Museum Receives Distinguished National Honor

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the national museum community, today announced the award of reaccreditation to the Boise Art Museum (BAM). Only 3% (1,095 out of 33,000) of our nation’s museums are currently accredited, and this is a high honor awarded to the Boise Art Museum based upon its professional and community practices.

National AAM reaccreditation demonstrates that the Boise Art Museum is publicly committed to upholding the museum field’s high professional standards for education, public service, and collections care. By achieving this mark of distinction, BAM exemplifies the best that museums have to offer and serves as a reminder of the importance of museums to our communities.

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From the Executive Director

It is with a shared sense of grief, anger, compassion, and frustration that we extend our wish for safety and equality to the black community today and always. Art can play a crucial role in creating change and transforming beliefs. Art increases empathy, offers new perspectives of our world, and provides a safe space for prompting difficult conversations. Boise Art Museum is committed to doing our part to support racial equity in our nation. We must imagine and create a better world together.

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The 2020 Idaho Triennial – Call for Artist Entries

Boise Art Museum invites Idaho artists to submit artwork to be considered for The 2020 Idaho Triennial. The Idaho Triennial is Idaho’s premiere exhibition opportunity for Idaho artists. Held every three years, The Idaho Triennial is a statewide, juried art exhibition that reflects the quality and diversity of artwork being created in Idaho.

The 2020 Idaho Triennial is open to all artists currently residing in Idaho.

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BAM Selected to Participate in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s American West Consortium

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a nearly $2 million grant from Art Bridges and the Terra Foundation of American Art to support a five-year exhibition partnership with five museums in some of the fastest growing cities and states in the western region of the United States. The partner museums, known collectively as the American West Consortium, are the Boise Art Museum; the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City; and the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington.

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BAM’s New U.S. Citizens Membership Program

Boise Art Museum is pleased to announce BAM’s New U.S. Citizens Membership Program. This new initiative provides free, one-year, family-level memberships to newly naturalized U.S. citizens living in Idaho within one year of naturalization. By inviting new U.S. citizens to become members of the Museum and welcoming participation, we diversify our society and create a space to gather, to make connections to people with similar interests and values, to develop a deeper sense of self and community, and to bridge perceived divides across cultures.

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Sara Joyce artwork donation to the Boise Art Museum

Boise Art Museum is pleased to announce a donation from the Family of Artist Sara Joyce of three artworks by the Idaho artist. The gift includes the following works: Ladder, ceramic; Mamie, mixed media sculpture; and Excavation, oil on canvas. Joining a robust Northwest collection at the Boise Art Museum, these three works represent, through a variety of aesthetic forms and media, Joyce’s creative achievement as an artist. This addition also strengthens BAM’s holdings of Idaho art.

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Melanie Fales, BAM’s Executive Director/CEO selected for The Getty Leadership Institute

The Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has announced that Melanie Fales, Boise Art Museum’s Executive Director/CEO, is among the selection of museum leaders from throughout the world who will participate in its 2018 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders.

Fales will be part of a 37-member cohort of participants from the United States and ten other countries representing Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

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BAM Receives Local, Regional, and National Awards

The Boise Art Museum is pleased to announce the acceptance of multiple awards in our 80th anniversary year. These awards have provided local, regional, and national recognition for BAM…

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