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Student Opportunities to Experience the Arts

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.” —Plato

Art Enhances Education

Art is organic to everything. You see it in the graceful lines of a bridge, in a bright burst of fireworks, a beautifully landscaped park, in the shapes you make of clouds. Art is inescapable, and the reason for that is we house brains wired for creativity.

Research tells us that when we stimulate the left (analytical, rational, logical, objective) and right (creative, intuitive, emotive, subjective) hemispheres of the brain, we can actually grow more cells and build a healthier network of neural connections. Engaging in new experiences and developing new interests can build confidence and increase our capacity for learning and success. Left-right brain thinking makes for a well-rounded person. Think Leonardo da Vinci, artist and inventor.

Creative imagination leads to innovation and has the power to take us down a different path. We don’t know where we’ll end up, but the journey teaches us something new about the world and about ourselves. In the early 1800s chemical reactions to light gave birth to photography. In the 1950s, James Watson and Francis Crick built a model, a metal sculpture, to explain the double helix for DNA. To quote writer/filmmaker Jean Cocteau, “Art is science made clear.”

At Boise State University we want students to experience the arts because we believe in developing well-rounded intelligence; therefore, we are partnering with the local arts community to offer discounts to students, encouraging them to enhance their education.

Public engagement in the area’s vibrant culture can also build greater community, create a greater appreciation for different perspectives, and generate dialogue and new ideas. The Chinese proverb that says, “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand,” magnifies the truth that art and education work beautifully together.


Trey McIntyre Project
Our goal is to use the inherent beauty of ballet vocabulary to create dances that authentically and clearly convey the emotion and grace of life’s journey, while meaningfully engaging audiences in the experience of art.”

Idaho Dance Theatre
Idaho’s first professional contemporary dance company and Boise State University’s professional dance company in residence creates and performs original artistic works to advance and promote the art of dance.

Ballet Idaho
Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classic ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community.  Led by Artistic Director Peter Anastos, Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state.


Boise Contemporary Theater
Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is a professional theater company located in Boise, Idaho. BCT is the only company in the Boise area committed to performing exclusively contemporary work. BCT’s home is The Fulton Street Center for the Arts in the heart of Downtown Boise in the BODO district.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival
The mission of Idaho Shakespeare Festival is to produce great theater, entertain and educate. ISF’s mainstage season takes place in a world class state of the art outdoor amphitheater located in a unique habitat reserve. Picnicking is encouraged and food is available onsite from Cafe Shakespeare. A beloved community tradition- Shakespeare under the stars is not to be missed!

Knock ‘em Dead Theater
Knock ’em Dead Dinner Theater is a unique combination of fine arts and excellent cuisine — all in one location! That’s just part of the experience when you enter Knock ’em Dead Dinner Theatre.  KED Theatre offers Student Rush tickets: Anyone with a valid student ID may purchase discounted tickets beginning 10 minutes before curtain time:

Stage Coach Theater
Stage Coach Theatre is a quality-driven performance organization dedicated to producing contemporary live theatre that reflects and celebrates the human spirit for, by and accessible to the community.

Starlight Mountain Theater
The mission of Starlight Mountain Theatre is to make a positive, lasting impact on the families of the Treasure Valley by producing high-quality, family-friendly entertainment, providing an uplifting, creative environment where actors and artists can expand their skills and hone their craft, and cultivating educational out-reach programs, internships and apprenticeships to further the growth of the performing arts in our community.

Morrison Center/Broadway in Boise
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event in Boise or a night out with friends, Broadway in Boise has the ticket for you!


Boise Art Museum
The Boise Art Museum is nationally recognized for leadership, innovation and excellence in the visual arts. Students, faculty and staff can visit the Boise Art Museum at no charge by simply presenting their valid Boise State University ID card.

Boise State University SUB Gallery
The purpose of the Student Union Fine Art Exhibitions Program is to display a variety of art media and provide challenging and interesting work while encouraging an aesthetic understanding. All exhibitions and gallery receptions are free and open to the public.


Boise Baroque
The Boise Baroque Orchestra was formed in 2003, with the goal of bringing the best of the baroque repertoire to the Treasure Valley.

Boise Philharmonic
As Idaho’s largest and oldest performing arts organization, the Boise Philharmonic performs for over 50,000 people annually.

Student Union Performances Series
The Student Union Performance Series brings to campus artists who are the best, the most unique, and extraordinary; an eclectic blend of tradition and today.