Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BBC Gives Nod to Boise as Idaho's Vibrant Capital of Culture

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Boise is used to getting love on national "best-of" lists. But now the city has caught the eye of the international media.

On Nov. 27, BBC featured Boise in its online travel section, highlighting "Idaho’s vibrant capital of culture."

The extensive story calls attention to the city's artistic community, giving it props for creating an arts scene in the most remote metropolitan area in the Lower 48. It also praises not only its natural beauty, but the living history the Basque community brings, as well as area restaurateurs' dedication to local and regional food. Several area businesses were singled out for attention, including The Basque Market, Red Feather Lounge, Bittercreek Ale House, Fork and Boise Fry Company.

According to the article:

As the most geographically isolated urban area of the Lower 48 (Reno, Nevada is 334 miles away, Portland, Oregon is 348 miles away and Salt Lake City, Utah is 350 miles away), Boise has always had to provide its own art and culture. Over the last decade, the city government has made a concentrated effort to increase artistic funding, resulting in citywide public murals, mosaics and sculptures, including the River Sculpture in front of the Grove Hotel, which depicts the central Boise River. The Boise 150 program will take this artistic focus one step further with legacy projects like new public art installations.

View the entire story online here.

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