About

Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,002-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 and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. The Center does not receive support from state appropriations. The latest economic impact study for the Morrison Center shows the generation of $27.9M in value to the local and state economy.

 

Mission

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.

 

Vision

We amplify the performing arts so every Idahoan experiences inspiration, creativity, and connection.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Our commitment to building strong, inclusive relationships.

 

We desire to be a place for everyone, but many stakeholders felt we were not meeting this expectation. We have work to do to build trust and hold ourselves accountable to our community and the arts field. 

 

We commit to being anti-racist and to stand with the anti-racist statement of the Boise area arts and culture organizations, our national organizations the Broadway League, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, and International Association of Venue Managers

 

We acknowledge that Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Hispanic, Asian, People of Color, differently abled and LGBTQI people have not been intentionally included in our leadership, staff, on our stages, programs, and in our audiences. Our dedication is to work inward and ensure our behaviors are not standing in the way of someone feeling welcome, included, and encouraged to contribute. We have trust to build, and through this ongoing commitment, we know having a diverse team will make us a stronger organization. 

 

We look forward to building a culture that cares about the well-being of all team members, guests, artists, and partners. A culture that ensures everyone can bring their full self to work and that their strengths are valued. Where you have an opportunity to do your best every day, and are recognized for doing good work. Where you are cared for, encouraged, and can build friendships.

 

Guiding Practices

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.

History

 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.

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Facility

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.

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Careers

Valuing the strengths of employees and allowing them to be recognized for their work, cared for, encouraged, and have the opportunity to build friendships.

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Staff

The Morrison Center team strives to make every moment a special one and contribute our knowledge and expertise where it is needed for our patrons and partners.

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Photo Gallery

A variety of images from over the years of the Morrison Center interior, exterior, and events.

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