Gem Center for the Arts: A community hub

By living in a community with a vibrant culture, we are able to be the kind of place that lifts up those around us. Having a strong, vibrant arts community makes Boise a better place for everyone to live, work and give.

The Pettitt Group real estate team supports art in all forms. We believe that art creates community, which is why each month we choose a local non-profit organization to support.

We are excited to announce our support for The Gem Center for the Arts in June 2018. We will give $100 per transaction to the Gem Center for the Arts this month, or a minimum of $1,000 (whichever is greater).



The Gem Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization spearheaded by a few dedicated individuals seeking to create a hub that fosters creativity and innovation through the visual and performing arts. We’re not rich, we’re not famous, we just believe in the power of art and innovation to transform lives. And we hope our community believes, too.

The Gem Center for the Arts is a Boise based non-profit that aims to create an environment that encourages innovation. Various areas of interest are supported by the center, such as visual arts, theater arts, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). The Gem Center has plans to develop programs in all of these areas. Thus creating a space that brings all aspects of art together.

What can you do at The Gem Center for the Arts?

Studio Space

Are you an artist or creative in need of a studio space? A space that offers you not just room to produce your craft but also fosters creativity while offering various networking opportunities? Then check out the Vivid Artist Studios at The Gem Center. Some fun features of the studios are:

  • A safe, collaborative work space

  • Affordable pricing

  • Higher percentage paid when teaching classes at the Gem (70/30 split with 70 percent of registration paid to the artist)

  • Meet the public on Saturdays and Third Thursdays! Have a space to show off your work!

  • Participation in many events at the Gem including annual exhibit featuring VIVID Artist works


Various workshops are held at The Gem Center. Classes have differing time commitments; one day classes all the way to 8-week long workshops! The price of participation varies based on the provided supplies. Topics range from photography concepts to play-writing. To find what workshops are currently being offered, or to register for a class, check out the Classes & Workshops section of The Gem Center’s website.


The Gem Center for the Arts offers memberships to community members who would like to donate to the center. Not only is this an easy way to set up an annual donation to the center, you’ll also receive special perks! Perks of membership include specialty seating at events, a 10% discount in the Gem Center store! Donations are paramount to the success of the center.


The Space

The Gem Center finished the remodeling of an old office building in Boise during the Fall of 2017. It’s now a space full of natural light flowing through floor to ceiling windows. Currently, the Gem Center has a black-box theater, a 3000 sqft gallery, 24 artist studios and an 00 sqft classroom, and they’re not stopping there…

The Gem Center has lots of plans for the future! Future plans include a maker studio for their STEAM program, more gallery space, a community dark room and a 700 sqft ceramics studio! The future is bright and full of possibilities for The Gem Center. You can find more information about the history of the building and what’s in store for the future here.



To learn more about The Gem Center for the Arts, be sure to check out their website and social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) for more information!

The Gem Center for the Arts | 2417 W. Bank Drive Boise, ID 83705 | 208 991 0984 |

We are excited to continue to grow and serve and LOVE where we live! Learn more about our Community Giving program and see all the 2018 non profit organizations here.

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