BAM Heads Up Downtown Mural Project 

Apparently, when you get a bunch of art educators together, it's only a matter of time before they just have to paint something. At least, that's what began last week courtesy of Boise Art Museum's Idaho Arts Education Association October 6-7 conference.

Together with the Boise City Arts Commission, BAM and a group of brush-wielding arts educators from around the state gave the block at the corner of Main and 8th streets a facelift.

The project--dubbed the Boise Community Fence--was born not only of enthusiasm but of cosmetic necessity: The 142-foot-long by eight-foot-high mural is designed to conceal the Main Street side of the seemingly never-to-be-completed Boise Tower construction site. The mural depicts images of pictographs and petroglyphs familiar to Idaho.

The Boise Community Fence is the brainchild of Melanie Fales, BAM curator of education and IAEA vice president. Fales contacted the BCAC about developing a public art project that would serve the purpose of giving teachers attending the IAEA conference hands-on art experience, as well as fostering a sense of community. The Boise Community Fence evolved from a serendipitous confluence between Fales' public art idea and the BCAC's desire to create a decorative wall to disguise the Boise Tower construction site.

Overseen and organized by BAM's Education Department at October's First Thursday, conference-attending arts educators worked on the mural project and by Saturday, October 9, the Boise Community Fence had been completed.

The mural will remain in place until the future of the Boise Tower construction site is decided.

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