This is the first time I’ve painted live for a crowd while panelists spoke. How can @downtownboise manage our sudden growth surge, and not turn into unchecked sprawl like SLC? I painted this small tree, adding a big future shadow to represent the future of the City of Trees as a collaboration of nature, growth, diversity, a spirit of adventure, and structural beauty. I painted this downtown at the Boise Valley Economic Partnership summit whose panelists included the co-founder of @treefortfest Lori Shandro sharing insights on growth, diversity, arts, culture, and preserving what works to keep Boise amazing. BVEP purchased my original painting when I finished, hooray! ❤️ Wyatt Schroeder from CATCH spoke about affordable housing and caring for the homeless and our workforce. He told the crowd a sad story about some sharp interns he had who happened to be people of color; when he offered to hire them after they graduated from college, they said they weren’t comfortable with relocating to Boise because of the lack of diversity here. 🙁 Boise employers need to intentionally increase diversity and also hire from local immigrant and refugee populations as part of a thriving and healthy community.
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