Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 1,994-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's home for the arts. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks, and foothills, the Center's 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol's picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984.
Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center's budget is supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations, grants, and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. The latest economic impact study for the Morrison Center shows the generation of $27.9M in value to the local and state economy.
As Idaho’s home for the arts, we present Broadway, touring entertainment, arts education, and community events. Through collaboration, partnerships, and inclusive engagement we create lifetime memories and impactful shared experiences that bring joy and meaning to people’s lives.
We amplify the performing arts so every Idahoan experiences inspiration, creativity, and connection.
The Morrison Center team believes in the following practices for how we work together and ensure the Morrison Center is a welcoming and inclusive place.
- We create a space where everyone feels included.
- We use our skills and resources to make an impact in our community.
- We are in service to artistic expression and champion the courage it takes to share it.
The Center provides full proscenium stage and seats 2000 +/- depending on technical requirements. We work with our partners to make every event, concert, comedy show, dance and more; a successful endeavor for all.
A variety of interior and exterior Morriosn Center images from over the years.