BOISE - The Boise Art Museum is celebrating its 80th anniversary Saturday.

The museum's anniversary party - free with admission, no RSVP required - includes family-friendly activities, performances, artist demonstrations and gallery talks. Also, the museum is staying open until 8:00 p.m.

BAM started in 1937 as a grassroots effort to bring arts and education to the Boise community, and has been going strong ever since.

The museum's executive director says that's something special.

"Boise Art Museum is the only nationally accredited collecting art museum within a 300-mile radius of the Boise Art Museum," said Melanie Fales, executive director of the Boise Art Museum. "It is a unique treasure here, and something you won't find unless you travel to a much larger metropolitan area."

BAM's 80th anniversary celebration takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

A new exhibit called "Bricks and Stones," featuring the work of artist and children's author Sean Kenney, opened Saturday and will be on display until February 11, 2018.

The museum is also exhibiting a selection of works from 52 of the 20th century's most influential artists, called "When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection." That opened June 10 and will be at the museum until August 27.

Information about those and other Boise Art Museum programs can be found here.