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Momentum Festival 2019

“MOMENTUM” returns to BIMA this spring

A rich tapestry of arts, culture & humanities programs

Described as “refreshingly edgy” and a “fresh interdisciplinary concept” when it debuted in 2018  Momentum Festival returns in March & April 2019 to light up Kitsap County with an immersive program designed to stimulate your senses. Spotlighting the talents of artists, poets, musicians, composers, filmmakers, thespians, historians, social activists, and more, Momentum breaks the winter hibernation with this curated selection of more than two dozen events spanning concert, workshops, lecture, film and immersive arts experiences.

“We wanted to produce a festival of the unexpected, a lively program that mentally shakes off the winter and breathes in spring – with its inherent sense of discovery and emergence,” shared Sheila Hughes, Executive Director of BIMA. “This year’s Momentum features a wide array of formats, disciplines, perspectives, media and message, but they all share the ability to get audiences thinking – that’s our common thread.”

Momentum is a Community Impact Fund Project of BIMA, a new program that brings a wide variety of arts, cultural and humanities presentations to Kitsap County throughout the year, and strengthens the Museum’s deep commitment to our non-profit and cultural partners. Momentum is made possible by support from the City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Funding, Kitsap County and City of Bainbridge Island Lodging Tax and through partnership with Path with Art, PBS’s Craft in America, BARN, Bainbridge Island Observatory, Port Townsend Film Festival, Spacecraft, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, Robert Chinn Foundation, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Bloedel Reserve Creative Residency Program, Humanities WA, and inD Theatre, as well as countless individual artists and authors.


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March 2 & 3
DogEar: A Weekend Book Arts Festival Celebrating Artist’s Books, Printmaking & Paper Arts (Festival)
In partnership with PBS’s Craft in America, Path with Art, BARN

Saturday, March 2
Cultivating, Curating, & Encouraging A Book Arts Collection (Panel Discussion)

Thursday, March 7
In collaboration with the Bainbridge Island Observatory

March 17
Jon Green & Friends in Concert (Music)

smARTfilms: Best of The Port Townsend Film Festival (Film)
In collaboration with the Port Townsend Film Festival
March 19 – WELCOME directed by Philippe Lioret
March 26 – BELLE AND SEBASTIAN directed by Nicolas Vanier
April 2 – PADDLE TO SEATTLE directed by JJ Kelly & Josh Thomas
April 9 – YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN directed by Pietra Brettkelly
April 16 – BALLETS RUSSES directed by Daniel Geller & Dayna Goldfine

March 22
Art After Dark (Teen-only Event)
In collaboration with Kitsap Regional Library

March 24
Spring Into Words: The Poetry of Keetje Kuipers, Erika Meither, and Geffrey Davis (Poetry)

March 29
Plastic Plate Engraving Workshop with Fred Hagstrom at BARN (Workshop)
In partnership with BARN

March 30
Within the Silence by Ken Mochizuki: A Living Voices Performance on the Japanese Exclusion (Presentation)
With support from Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, and funded by the Robert Chinn Foundation

March 30
Sparks and Catalysts: Social Justice and the Role of Book Arts (Panel Discussion)

March 31
Art Talks: Fred Hagstrom (Lecture)

April 10
An Evening with Edward S. Curtis by Clay Jenkinson (Performance)
Presented by the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum A Historical Museum Fundraiser

April 13
Let’s Talk About Race with Clyde Ford (Lecture)
Presented by Humanities WA

April 14
Earthbound: Exposing Environmental Issues through the Artists Books (Panel Discussion)

April 20
A Dialogue with Nature: Artist Talk with ZZ Wei (Lecture)
in association with Bloedel Reserve Creative Residency Program

April 27
Superhero America: The Comic-Book Character as Historical Lens with T. Andrew Wahl (Lecture)
Presented by Humanities WA

April 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28
A Walk in the Woods
by Lee Blessing (Performances)
Presented by inD Theatre