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City Council Celebrates Cultural Ambassadors, Global Lounge

Council President Lauren McLean and members of the Boise City Council presented Global Lounge, founder of the World Village Festival, with its 2017-2019 City of Boise Cultural Ambassador award at a regular evening meeting on October 2. 


“Our core goal with the Cultural Ambassador program is to celebrate the public expression of culture in our city,” said Jennifer Yribar, Boise City Department of Arts & History spokesperson. “Through the incredibly popular three-day multicultural celebration in Cecil D. Andrus Park, cultural enrichment programs in our schools, libraries and other nonprofits, and a high-energy performance at Mayor Bieter's State of the City address at the Morrison Center, Global Lounge celebrates and shares the culture of our city in remarkable ways.”

Becoming Cultural Ambassadors

In September 2017, Boise Mayor David Bieter named Global Lounge and Boise State University's Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Idaho’s premier performing arts center, as the City of Boise’s cultural ambassadors for a term of two years.

In year one, both organizations exceeded expectations, positively impacting over 13,000 individuals in Boise through cultural programming.


Global Lounge attracted more than 7,000 people to its free annual World Village Festival, featuring performances from the Chinese, Irish, Bosnian, Latino, American folk, Aztec, East and American Indian communities, to name a few. In partnership with the City of Boise, Global Lounge also produced the first annual “Make Music Boise”, a global event that takes place in over 700 cities around the world on the summer solstice. The day showcased harmonicas, marimbas, clarinets, bucket and African drumming performances on City Hall Plaza.

The Morrison Center presented two free community events as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Boise: The Golden Dragon Acrobats (2 performances) in January 2018 and The Kingston Trio & The Limeliters in June 2018. Both shows played to a total attendance of over 5,000 patrons. The Morrison Center also graciously played host to Mayor Bieter’s 2018 State of the City address, gathering approximately 1,000 guests.

Both Cultural Ambassadors united at Mayor Bieter’s State of the City address with a performance by Afrosonics, a group that emerged from Global Lounge, on the Morrison Center stage.

Global Lounge and the Morrison Center will act as Boise’s honorary representatives to the world through fiscal year 2019. Applications for the 2019-2021 City of Boise Cultural Ambassador program will open early next year.

About the Program

Managed by the Department of Arts and History, 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. 

Past recipients include Treefort Music Fest, Anthony Doerr, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Trey Mcintyre Project.

Published: October 04, 2018