Twin Falls, ID Culture

Twin Falls, ID's arts scene is varied and diverse, with organizations such as the Magic Valley Arts Council and the Herrett Center for Arts and Science.

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The Twin Falls Center for Arts in Twin Falls, ID
Todd Bennett

In a place where breathtaking backyard landscapes are everywhere, it stands to reason that an inspired arts scene thrives.

Twin Falls Center for the Arts

The newest addition to the local arts community is the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, opened in late 2010 within the River Vista development on the Snake River Canyon rim. The facility provides a space where art aficionados can gather to celebrate life and art in the Magic Valley. With an outdoor plaza, a two-story atrium, an auditorium and multipurpose rooms used for classes, the center cultivates all types of art in an environment pleasing to arts patrons.

Magic Valley Arts Council

The Magic Valley Arts Council, works to promote arts and cultural experiences throughout the greater Twin Falls area. It acts as an umbrella for many different groups, and is able to help projects large and small go from idea to reality.

One such success is the Canyon Rim Public Art Project, which saw the placement of a major sculpture at the Perrine Bridge Trail View Point. Then there’s the Arts on Tour program, which features nine performing arts productions at the College of Southern Idaho over a season that runs from September through May.

The council’s other programs include Kids Art in the Park, the Missoula Children’s Theater, 2nd Century Photo Contest, the Brown Bag Lectures in conjunction with the Twin Falls Public Library, the Summer Chalk Walk at the Municipal Band Concerts and the First Friday gallery opening events which take place every other month, beginning in February, annually.

Herrett Center for Arts and Science

As if all that wasn’t enough, there’s the one-stop cultural and historical extravaganza of the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the main campus of the College of Southern Idaho.

The museum’s main purpose is education, and it collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits anthropological artifacts and natural history specimens, focusing on the prehistoric American continents.

And while the natural history galleries offer plenty to see, the Herrett also looks to the skies with the Faulkner Planetarium and Centennial Observatory. The Faulkner is the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, seating 144 people under a 50-foot dome. It has a Digistar II digital graphics projection system, one of the most advanced in the country. The Herrett also hosts special and traveling exhibits throughout the year, so there’s always something new to see.

Magic Valley Performing Arts

Oakley, Idaho might be a small town, but it's not too small to house Howell's Opera House. Built in 1907 by Judge Howells, the Opera House originally opened as a theater. But thanks to its impressive acoustics and large size, the facility only hosted high-drama plays; thus it was coined an opera house.

Today, Howells Opera House is run by the Oakley Valley Arts Council, and the renovated building holds plays, musicals and other performances.

The Junior Musical Playhouse Company (a.k.a. the JuMP Company) is a nonprofit organization that provides an opportunity for students in grades one through 12 to participate in musical theater. Every year, local professionals assist the JuMP Company in presenting two musical productions. When the company is not rehearsing for a show, it offers workshops.

Other performance groups and venues in the Southern Idaho area include the Dilettante Group of Magic Valley, the Magic Valley Little Theatre and the King Fine Arts Center in Burley.

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