BIMA party a chip off the old block

Any organization that’s been around for 10 years probably has some traditions and standard operating procedures.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is no different, but instead of sticking to its traditional anniversary celebration members decided to challenge themselves by putting on their first BIMA Block Party Aug. 5 and after over a year of planning it was larger in scope than previous events.

The festivities began at noon and were scheduled to last until 9:30 p.m. In addition to the regular attractions of the museum, and their Spotlight Art Exhibition, the party included 14 bands across four stages, including Civil Rebellion, and Abyssinian Creole, and KEXP Radio DJs spinning tunes.

It also included 12 food and drink vendors, 17 local vendor booths, and an assortment of kids’ entertainment, including some maker activities and other hands-on booths.

Kristin Tollefson, the BIMA director of Education & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advancement, explained that the museum was founded on the belief that museums were traditionally exclusionary institutions and that BIMA’s mission was to democratize access to the arts in all of their forms.

As to whether next year’s event will be as big, Tollefson said that will depend on what organizers say during debriefing. Tollefson also explained that BIMA made no money from the event—it was more a labor of love from BIMA to the community.

A large sign at the entrance guided visitors to the event.

A large sign at the entrance guided visitors to the event.