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The City of Boise Cultural Ambassador program is designed to share Boise’s cultural and creative community with other cities across the globe and foster connection to global audiences.

Acting as Boise’s honorary representative to the world, the Cultural Ambassador engages with national and international audiences through the public expression of culture that helps develop, document, research, share, or reflect upon Boise’s culture and help make Boise the most livable city in the country. The Boise City Department of Arts and History manages the program, and the Boise City Mayor presents the honorific title at the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & History, held in September of odd-numbered years. The cultural ambassador serves a two-year term.

The goals of the Cultural Ambassador are to:

  • Raise awareness of the individual and/or organization and their connection to Boise
  • Raise awareness of cultural activities during the term of the ambassadorship
  • Determine the cultural impact of the organization on the community
  • Encourage promotion around Boise’s cultural life in other cities

Mayor Bieter and the City Council approved the creation of the Cultural Ambassador program in 2010 to demonstrate the importance of arts and culture in the city. In September 2015, Mayor Bieter announced that Treefort Music Fest and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Anthony Doerr will serve as the City’s co-cultural ambassadors until the end of 2017.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Boise Author Anthony Doerr is presented a Key to the City by Mayor Bieter.

Treefort main stage with signage, crowd and tents.

Boise plays host to thousands of bands traveling from around the world at the annual Treefort Music Fest.