A New Museum Might Help Put Idaho On The Global Map

There's A New Museum That Will Put Idaho On The Global Map

An introduction to the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora, an innovative concept proposal


When you think of Idaho, what do you think of? Let me take a wild guess…. potatoes? Well, I am here to tell you that there is WAY more to the "potato" state than a brown, lumpy vegetable. Believe it or not, Boise, the capital city of Idaho, is a hub of global cultures! There are nearly 100 different cultures living throughout the state of Idaho, and Boise City is soon going to be central to telling their stories. Where is the only place big enough to keep all of those stories and experiences? A museum.

I present to you, the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora (IMID), an innovative concept proposal for a museum born from the mind of the brilliant Palina Louangketh, a former refugee herself from the country Laos. First off, I am sure you are wondering what diaspora is! Diaspora is a word with Ancient Greek roots, meaning to scatter or move about. The museum will be showcasing diaspora stories by detailing the experiences of refugees and immigrants who have resettled in Idaho, as well as the experiences of Native Americans within the state throughout United States history. The mission of the museum is to "influence positive community transformation" by detailing stories of individual experiences.

Wow, I am sure you are as excited as I am just hearing about it already! This museum will not be your standard, old objects on a wall type of place, but an interactive, high tech experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the lives and stories of diaspora groups. There is only one other museum in the world that focuses on diaspora which is found in Ireland and called the EPIC. The IMID plans to structure content based off of that museum as well and has the vision to inspire the international movement of diaspora museums.

I am incredibly excited to be interning with this museum over summer 2019 and am eager to be a part of such an incredible, wonderful opportunity. For one thing, I LOVE museums, and by love, I mean I have a strong passion for them and have been to at least 30 around the state and country. For another, I am studying to receive my bachelor's in global studies, so I have a heightened interest in global cultures. Thirdly, I am a Boise, Idaho native, and I am so excited by the opportunity to bring an international museum to this state that I love so much.

The museum is currently pursuing a 501c3 license and hopes to begin the initial build phase of the museum in 2023 according to the five-year plan that has currently been set. As I will be working with the museum in the coming months as an intern, and the coming years as a supportive citizen from Boise, you can be sure to hear more updates from me! Until then, explore stories of diaspora within your own community, and you may learn that your home is more diverse than you thought before.

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24 Of The Best Quotes On VSCO

From the inspirational to the cheesy to the down right hilarious, VSCO certainly has a mix of content.


VSCO is one of those apps that came out of nowhere and was able to make its way into the tight-knit group of social media outlets that are commonly used.

However, this isn't your normal social media platform. While there are "likes" like Instagram and "reposts" like Twitter, VSCO is unique in the fact that its users seem to be mainly girls and no one really cares if you spam your followers feed with pictures. In fact, this is almost encouraged.

Doing this on Instagram would cause some annoyance but on VSCO, it does not matter. People don't worry about likes or followers, but instead, post the photos that they love and hold on to that they may not feel the need to post on other media. While personal photos are predominant on VSCO, so are quotes.

These quotes can come from anywhere and everywhere, including billboards, signs outside stores, restaurants, written on walls, cups, shirts, you name it. Reading these quotes is one of my favorite parts of scrolling through the app, and here are 24 of the best quotes I have seen on VSCO.

"Should I listen to Kanye and think about me, or listen to Drake and think about you?"


- A blackboard outside of a store

"If you think you've peaked, find a new mountain"


- A sign outside of Lululemon

"Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn"


"Are we getting drinks or drinks because I need to dress accordingly"


- A sign on a letter board outside a bar

"I think you should just go for it"


- Written on a store front window

"All I want is food and affection"


- Written on a restaurant wall​

"Life is the best party I've ever been invited to"


- Written on steps heading up a club

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy"


- Benjamine Franklin, 1706, written on a wall in Belgium

"Be the CEO your parents always wanted you to marry (then find someone you actually like)"


- A Bumble billboard in a city

"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"


- A letter board sign outside of Vivid Hue Homes

"Why the f*ck can't I have fun all the time?"


- Kate Moss, written on a pink board outside of a store

"Try to live every day like Elle Woods after Warner told her she wasn't smart enough for law school"


- A text post

"Don't be afraid to act like you care"


- Wall art in a city

"WTF is up congress"


- A protest poster in Washington, D.C.

"I said, whoever doesn't believe in climate change, your mom's a hoe"


- A poster at the March for Science march

"I wanna go to college for the rest of my life"


- A letter board

"Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them."


- A poster

"Do what you love, love what you do"


- Written on a shirt tag

"Life's better buzzed"


- Written on a to-go coffee cup

"Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat"


- Written on a store front window

"I'm outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios"


- Written on a cup

"Keep your squats low and your standards high"


- A letter board outside of Lululemon

"My vibe right now is just living life"


- Kourtney Kardashian, an icon

"Whatever you are looking for is looking for you too"


- S. Williams, on a letter board

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