Community invited to explore what JUMP has to offer

Jack's Urban Meeting Place invited the community to explore what it has to offer.

BOISE -- As you head into Downtown Boise, you may be wondering: what's that JUMP building all about?

Because so many are asking that question, JUMP invited the community to come down and explore all they have to offer.

The JUMP team says it is difficult  to explain what exactly JUMP is until you actually experience it yourself or participate in one of their upcoming programs, which was the reason behind organizing Saturday's 'Exploration Day.'

"I've never seen anything like this," one Boise woman, Lori Siffert, said.

JUMP is about jumping into new possibilities. 

"It's a creative center and community gathering place that's designed to spark new interests and uncovered talents that people might not even know they have," Community Engagement Director Kathy O'Neill told KTVB.

It is a unique venue that brings people together, combining features of studios, museums, galleries, and event centers to create this shared space in the heart of Downtown Boise.

"It's for everybody to discover their passion. We have a quote outside of our front door that says: 'When was the last time you did something for the first time.' And it's about trying something new and cultivating the potential in all of us," O'Neill added.

The idea started with J.R, or Jack, Simplot. When he passed away in 2008, he left behind a legacy.

That legacy included his collection of vintage tractors. But instead of creating a museum, the Simplot Foundation decided to create this non-profit, JUMP, an acronym for 'Jack's Urban Meeting Place.' 

The tractors are displayed around the building for the community to enjoy.

"It's so nice that this large corporation is putting back into the community," Siffert said. "I can't think of  a better way to do it."

Exploration Day on Sept. 17 was an opportunity for people to explore all five studios inside.

"We've got little guys and knew that we wanted to take the opportunity to come and explore," said Heather Tabacco, who brought her two kids to JUMP.

The community was able to find out about upcoming programs and activities JUMP is offering this fall.

"Our theme is sharing is caring," O'Neill said. "Until you participate in one of these upcoming programs or activities, it's really difficult for you to understand."

Classes will be held in the studios, which include the creative 'Inspire Studio,' 'Share Studio' for cooking, 'Move Studio' for workout and yoga classes (with the added bonus of a great view), the innovative 'Make Studio,' and the 'Play Studio,' a place where people can learn skills associated with video and sound.

"This is like the spirit of Boise. It's just family-oriented and just a fun place to be," Siffert said.

People from all walks of life came in through the doors of JUMP on Saturday, proving that there is something for almost everyone, no matter your age.

To find out more about registering for programs, you can stop in the lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or visit their website

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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