On the night of December 15th, 2002, a local artist named Colby Akers painted a mural on the alley doorway of the Moon’s Café in the heart of downtown Boise.  When the surrounding businesses saw this, they wanted him to paint the back of their buildings, too.  But Colby was inspired.  He collaborated with other artists to create a public art installation of graffiti, bold imagery, abstract art, and portraiture that completely covered the service alley between 8th and 9th Streets at Bannock and Idaho and Freak Alley was born.  It has become the largest outdoor gallery in the Northwest giving hundreds of talented artists a showcase for their work.   Existing murals are painted over and replaced with new ones, or new designs are incorporated into existing murals, every six weeks.  It’s free, open 24/7, kid friendly, and because the art changes regularly, a special place that can be visited often.  An indoor gallery, Freak Alley Gallery, was opened in 2011 promoting local art with all sale proceeds supporting the project.  Freak Alley operates solely on donations and volunteers and supports Boise’s thriving artistic community.  Fund raising efforts have been so successful and donations so generous that Freak Alley Gallery is working on attaining its non-profit status.  Once incorporated, its mission will be to bring back art to schools and the community through various special events as well as to provide a free forum for artists to launch their careers.  For more information on how you can get involved, go to https://freakalleygallery.org/