More than 70 attendees of the recent American Alliance of Museums conference took the ferry to Bainbridge from Seattle to tour the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art as part of the inaugural "Museum Week Northwest." The event, created by a cooperative of various regional museums and hosted in conjunction with the conference, is designed to highlight the diversity, excellence, and innovation of local institutions.
“There’s no doubt that Seattle is a leader in innovation based on our active and vibrant museum community," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said recently. "I’m pleased that the significant economic impact of these learning organizations is being presented in a collaborative way that showcases the abundance that we have here in the Pacific Northwest."
As part of the event, many museums offered 2-for-1 admission and other special deals and discounts.
Topics discussed by museum staff during a presentation prior to the tour included building construction, facility design, energy efficiency, maintenance and community outreach and involvement.
Greg Robinson, BIMA executive director, said that the primary goal of the museum was "to be a home for artists in the Puget Sound region that are perhaps not as widely known."