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James Castle House Staff


The James Castle House is managed and staffed by the Boise City Department of Arts & History Cultural Sites program.

This program reflects Boise’s dedication to saving, reinventing, and promoting historic properties unique to Boise’s history. Valuable historic buildings are saved and re-purposed, creating meaningful new opportunities for the community to collaborate and engage in physical spaces that are literally irreplaceable.

Boise City Department of Arts & History
Cultural Sites Manager 

Rachel Reichert is responsible for the Boise City Department of Arts & History's portfolio of historic properties and their associated programs.

With almost a decade of experience in cultural programming, hands-on preservation, and community engagement, she brings a fresh and unique approach to managing historical and cultural sites.

Boise City Department of Arts & History
Cultural Sites Program Coordinator

Kristen Hill is responsible for ongoing exhibitions, the artist-in-residence program, and community projects at the James Castle House.

Her experience working as an artist, artist’s assistant, gallery assistant, and exhibition producer informs her multifaceted approach to bring arts and audiences together to create meaningful experiences.

Boise City Department of Arts & History
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Makenzi Dunstan collaborates with Arts & History staff, resident artists, and community partners to develop engaging learning opportunities for the community of Boise at the James Castle House. 

She draws on her skills and experiences as an educator and youth theatre director to design enriching programming, resources, tours, and events for all ages and abilities. 

Boise City Department of Arts & History
Cultural Sites Assistant

Samuel Paden is responsible for supporting Arts & History staff, residence artists, and various programs at the James Castle House.

He brings with him diverse cross-cultural heritages, and experiences growing up and working overseas. He has served locally on a volunteer basis with several arts organizations and has worked as a mixed media artist for over two decades.

For a full listing of Boise City Department of Arts & History staff visit