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BIMA & Hiatus: The Dog Feeder by Eileen Miller

As part of the 2021 Momentum Festival, BIMA is once again partnering with our friends at Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. Throughout the two-week festival, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ three issues that highlight our natural world, including written works featured here on BIMA’s blog and visual work featured as a #DailyMomentOfBeauty on our Instagram and Facebook feeds.

Be sure to visit Hiatus Magazine’s website to explore their most recent issue, Beginnings: Winter 2021.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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The Dog Feeder by Eileen Miller

Esha woke up at dawn to the unfamiliar silence of a city on edge. Weeks earlier she would have woken up naturally at this time to prepare for school. Now she followed a different routine.

She slipped on her clothes for the day. Too light for the slightly chilly morning, but she would be thankful for them by midday when the sun bore its hot gaze down on the city. Their air conditioner broke down a week earlier as well. Dressing lightly was the best solution for keeping cool.

She went to the kitchen and filled a kettle with water, placed it on the stove, and turned the stove on. Her father would wake up soon and take it from there.

Esha herself wouldn’t have tea for at least another hour. She would normally go to the tea cart down the road with her sister on their way to school. It was only a couple of rupees for a cup of tea from which they would share scalding sips as they wormed their way through ever more crowded streets.

There would be no scalding tea today. The tea cart was gone and the streets once bustling with people would be empty as she passed through them.

She took a banana from the fruit bowl. The warming temperatures had turned it mushy and spotted. From beside the counter she grabbed the bag of the feed she had prepared with her sister the afternoon before.

Deepa would not be joining her that day.

Before she left she grabbed a cloth face mask off a hook by the door. Her aunt sent a couple of handmade ones in the mail the week before. They were a required accessory now.

Opening the door of her family’s apartment, Esha felt the warm outside air brush over her. It was already warmer than it had been fifteen minutes earlier when she opened her window. That was the coolest it would be all day.

Out in the street, stray dogs lounged lazily. Three monkeys sat on the steps of her apartment. They turned to look at her as she approached. The dogs in the street perked up too, their ears twitching and tails curling into spirals.

Esha went down the steps, flanked by the monkeys, and approached the dogs.

The streets were empty, and the dogs had taken full advantage. They were cautiously relaxed, splayed out in the middle of the street like kings, but their eyes watched Esha with a desperate glint.

She reached into her bag and pulled out a handful of feed—rice, lentils, and some leftovers her mother had permitted her to take—and flung it at the dogs’ feet.

The empty streets filled with barking as the dogs leapt up to get the food.

Esha tossed a few more handfuls down to the ground, and directed a few towards the monkeys who had been watching enviously, but knew better than to take from the dogs. Then she left, the street animals too distracted by their meal to follow her.

Other dogs nearby, ones dozing in alleyways, perched on the steps of buildings, or under store awnings, joined the feasting canines.

You weren’t supposed to feed the dogs. At least, you weren’t supposed to before the virus hit. The dogs weren’t exactly beloved neighbors. They were a nuisance, but had some benefits. While they ate the pests before they got into people’s homes and stores, they also stormed the dumpsters between apartment blocks, leaving behind messes of the garbage they left uneaten.

They weren’t enough of a bother to be removed and had lived in the city for as long as it had been established. Most likely they arrived with the first people to settle here, eating the garbage people produced and keeping rodent populations low.

But now pickings were thin and the dogs had slimmed down. Hardly overfed before the city shut down, you could always tell they were in want of a meal, but now their ribs poked painfully through stretched skin and their movements were sluggish and tired.

No one went outside now. Weeks earlier, Esha watched on the news as other cities went quiet, their streets emptied. Cities shut down. Quarantines were imposed on travelers. She hadn’t realized it would happen here as well. The virus hadn’t seemed quite real. News anchors promised it wouldn’t come here. She could still remember the excuses they gave, citing their climate, their culture, and that anyways, it was nothing more than a cold.

At school her classmates traded theories and rumors. Her teachers held enough of the students’ trust to dispel these rumors, but were torn between parroting the government’s reassurances or putting honest fears into their heads. They remained silent.

Within days, it felt like all life that once existed in the city had dried up under the unceasing glare of the sun. Going outside was strictly forbidden unless you had a pass and there was little willingness to go out anyway. Now everyone was afraid.

Somewhere along the line, someone remembered the dogs. They would die without their supply of restaurant garbage scraps; rodents weren’t enough. The monkeys were clever—and agile—enough to sneak through opened windows and climb up fruit trees to survive, but the stray dogs would be doomed. At some point in the drafting of the official list of ‘essential’ businesses and tasks, feeding the strays was added. All they needed were people to do the job.

With little else to do, Esha and her sister applied for passes that permitted them to go out and feed the dogs. Esha’s, an orange slip of paper with her permitted ‘essential’ task printed on it clearly, was tucked in her pocket, easily accessible if she were to be stopped. Her sister’s was at home.

The government had made it clear that dog feeders would have to provide their own food. Esha’s parents only let her bring a limited amount of food with her so she had to make it last. When she and her sister went together to feed the dogs, they stuck to the streets around their apartment, never straying too far so that they could return home for breakfast.

Today, she had to make her supply stretch even further.

Her pass, tucked away in her pocket, held less power than the stuffed bag of feed she had slung over her shoulder. If a police officer were to stop her, her pass would let her off easily, but to the residents of the apartments above her, it was her bag that let them know what she was up to, and stopped them from reaching for their phone to report her.

Normally she wouldn’t be concerned about being reported but today, not getting caught was essential to the task she needed to accomplish.

She left her neighborhood, venturing into territory where she was an unfamiliar face. She fed the dogs along the way but made sure to keep enough food to make her reason for going further from her house a legitimate one.

She passed by an empty vegetable stand, where a pack of young dogs, hardly a few months out of puppyhood, were resting. Too small to fight other dogs for food, they seemed dejected, resting at the place they once received regular meals from.

Esha felt guilty walking past hungry dogs with a bag half-full of food so she tossed them a few handfuls. Good deeds would hopefully make her next task easier.

She left the young strays with their food and turned down into an alleyway. Finally she had reached her destination.

Temples were closed. Or as closed as you could close a temple. But this one was outdoors, protected from the weather by the eaves of the apartments above. It was unprotected however, from potential temple goers.

A pair of monkeys sat on the altar, grooming each other’s fur.

Esha lured them away with a handful of feed and then focused her attention on the shrine.

She rang a bell that hung from the roof of the shrine, and then took out the spotted banana from her bag and placed it in front of a statue of the deity.

Dhanvantari, she said quietly, kneeling before the god. She focused her gaze on the god’s face, his four arms that crossed the air, and the necklace of wilting marigolds someone had placed around his neck.

Closing her eyes, she began to pray. She asked that he protect her city from the worst of the virus, that her country win its battle against it quickly, and that the whole world recover with as few people dying as possible. She spoke quickly, letting the pleas that had been holed up in her head for the past few days tumble out. Taking a breath, she slowed down. It did not matter to her if her other prayers were not answered, so long as this one was. Esha brought up her sister, who lay in bed back at their apartment. She had fallen sick suddenly. Fine in the afternoon, only to turn clammy and cold before dinner. No one knew how she had become sick, but no information could be gained from Deepa. Within hours she struggled to speak, and spent all her energy focusing on her breathing. Esha asked the medicine god to let the illness that had struck her sister be nothing more than a cold, not the virus that her family feared, but that if it was, to allow her sister to heal as soon as possible and keep the rest of her family safe. Whatever had infected Deepa could be inside Esha too at that very moment. She felt guilty, feeling fine while her sister coughed through the night, and feared that she may return home to find her entire family sick.

How many prayers similar to this had Dhanvantari heard in the past couple of weeks, Esha did not know. But she had to pray for her sister too, and hope that he, for all the other prayers he was receiving at the moment, would listen to her and allow Deepa to recover.

Esha stood up, bowed once more, and then slung her bag of food over her shoulder. It was half full, but she doubted she would make it home for breakfast today. There were still many dogs who needed to be fed.

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Be sure to follow Hiatus Magazine at their Instagram and check out all the work on their website here.

A time to reflect

As the museum reopens more fully this spring, and we again sense the pleasure of being a gathering place with art as the centering experience, we are also called to reflect.

We continue to be profoundly grateful for the generosity of our extended community. Through gifts of time, talent and resources, efforts large and small, deep commitment and hard work, and a thousand strokes of luck, BIMA has been able to reopen when many other arts organizations remain shuttered. We are grateful to be here, conscious of our good fortune, and are working to help other organizations back to their feet—reminded every day that we can pay forward this gratitude by fostering connection, healing, challenge, and inspiration through art.

This moment is also one of profound change, marked by unfathomable and continued examples of racial and social injustice, inequity, and violence across the US. BIMA’s response to this inflection point begins with self-inquiry and a commitment to make visible the values that we hold close. With that, we’re working to do and be better, to cultivate and support safe spaces, and to ensure that all voices are heard, valued, and welcomed.

As we lean into this learning, we turn first to the artists who can lead the way for us all. As a museum, we are both privileged and responsible to be the best spotlight, platform, and petri dish that we can, particularly for contemporary artists of the Puget Sound region. In BIMA’s front Beacon window right now hangs “Song for Generations” a particularly relevant piece of work by artist Michelle Kumata, a comment on the legacy of harm related to the Japanese American incarceration. This work captures the complexities of a shameful and wrenching historical trauma within this community and the country while serving as a poignant reminder that racially motivated violence still exists. At BIMA, we are proud to champion and support voices like hers, voices that help keep these issues present in our minds and hearts as a foundation to mitigating harm.

Thank you for joining us at the museum, for immersing yourself in the pleasures and perspectives of the artists we showcase, for sharing the values we hold, for lending a hand as we put our cultural community back together, and for working together to lean into the work that we have in front of us.

Untold Stories: Films to Watch

As part of BIMA’s Untold Stories online festival, staff put together their recommendations for must-watch films featuring stories that bring light to stories, histories, and experiences that have often gone untold. These stories inspire, empower, and educate through the art of storytelling.

Learn more about the Untold Stories festival here.

Crip Camp
A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality.
Available to watch on Netflix.

Black Is The Color
The “Harlem on My Mind” fiasco is emblematic of the barriers Black artists have faced when it comes to having their work exhibited and collected. Black is the Color highlights key moments in the history of African-American visual art, from Edmonia Lewis’s 1867 sculpture Forever Free, to the work of contemporary artists such as Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Available to watch on Prime Video.

The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show
In early 1968, as riots rock American cities and the Vietnam War escalates, the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte takes over `The Tonight Show’ for one week. With a guest list that includes Bobby Kennedy, Aretha Franklin, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sidney Poitier, Belafonte introduces a fractured, changing country to itself for five historic nights.
Available to watch on Peacock.

Mala Mala
Winner of the audience award for documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Mala Mala” tells the story of three non-binary individuals living and working in Puerto Rico.
Available to watch on Vimeo.

Joe’s Violin
In the award-winning short documentary film, Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact.
Available to watch on the New Yorker.

On the Way to School
They live in the four corners of the Earth and share a common thirst for learning. Instinctively, they know their survival and their happiness rest on knowledge and education. Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito are the heroes of On the way to school, a feature-length adventure documentary about four young schoolchildren forced to surmount a multitude of obstacles in order to get to school. On taking their amazing paths that lead to learning, they will leave childhood behind and begin a journey fraught with pitfalls and surprises.
Available to watch on Prime Video.

Waste Land
Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world’s largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the so-called catadores, the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials. Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings. In his desire to assist the catadores and change their lives, Muniz finds himself changed as well.
Available to watch on PBS.

BlacKkKlansman
Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Available to watch on Prime Video.

Short Term 12
Calm and competent, Grace is a young counsellor at a California care unit for at-risk teens. However, her cool facade begins to crack in the pressure cooker atmosphere as she and some of the unruly residents are reminded of past and present abuses.
Available to watch on Prime Video.

Gather
From Executive Producers Jason Momoa and Brian Mendoza comes this new film, which follows the stories of Native Americans on the frontlines of a growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. An Indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache Reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student raised on a buffalo ranch is proving her tribe’s Native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for Native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people.
Available to watch on Vimeo.

Learn more about the Untold Stories festival here.

Call for Proposals: Art & Craft Instructional Videos

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) invites proposals from Puget Sound region visual artists and craftspeople to produce short, instructional videos for BIMA’s ongoing virtual program, Art in Action #BIMAfromHome.

Program Overview
BIMA has created over 70 videos to engage learners of all ages. These short video lessons explore techniques and concepts related to contemporary art and craft, with an emphasis on using materials easily accessible at home. Videos premiere and are archived  on BIMA’s Facebook and YouTube page. This library is accessed by individuals, families, and K-12 teachers in our region and beyond.

Opportunity
We are seeking artists to produce 1-5 videos for the Art in Action program (3-5 minutes each, in length), between February  and May 2021. Qualified applicants will  be experienced teaching artists (arts integration and social-emotional learning emphasis a plus). Artists must be comfortable teaching on camera and will negotiate either filming using their own video production equipment (smartphone or web camera) from home; or on-site with BIMA staff support and equipment.

Compensation
This project is supported by a Community Consortium grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA). Contracted artists will receive honoraria ($150 per video, up to $750 total) for their work, as well as publicity (in the form of hyperlinks to the artist’s website or social media) through BIMA’s social media channels.  An additional transportation stipend  is available for those traveling to BIMA for recording.

Proposals
Please email Emma Cantrell, School & Youth programs manager, emma@biartmuseum.org with the subject line “Art in Action Proposal”. Please include:

  1. Your resume, including teaching experience
  2. 5-10 Images of your work or website link
  3. A one page cover letter describing:
    1. Your experience with producing digital videos
    2. Your preference for producing videos from home (with your own equipment) or working with BIMA staff and equipment on-site.
    3. 3-5 ideas for video topics* related to your practice *Before drafting your proposal, please review BIMA’s library of videos, to ensure you are proposing topics that have not yet been made into videos for this series.

Preference will be given to proposals received by February 15.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.

Watch Previous Art in Action Videos

Embracing the New Year: BIMA’s Winter/Spring Exhibitions

BIMA launches into this most unusual and unpredictable new year, partnering with several artists to embrace reality and relevance in these times. We kick off 2021 with a range of exhibitions addressing race equity and social justice, situational irony, reflections on nature, and even beauty for beauty’s sake.

Besides the COVID-19 pandemic, political disharmony, and economic turmoil for many, 2020 stands out as a pivotal year of reckoning in America. In response to relentless attacks on race equity and civil rights, BIMA presents Breathe. This group exhibition is inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Artists include Humaira Abid, Cory Bennett Anderson, Eileen Jimenez, Michelle Kumata, Marilyn Montufar, Susan Point, Roger Shimomura, Carletta Carrington Wilson, and Linda Wolf. The artists highlight historical and current injustices, and survival and hope, honoring Dr. King’s dreams—still far out of reach for so many.

Paul Rucker’s FOREVER series is displayed in part with thirteen new works in BIMA’s Permanent Art Collection.  In this powerful work, Rucker acknowledges civil rights martyrs that will probably never appear on US postage stamps. Included are Four Little Girls, victims of the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, and Edwin T. Pratt, former Executive Director of the Seattle Urban League murdered in 1969 at his home. Both Breathe and FOREVER are part of BIMA’s Untold Stories series this winter.

Paul Rucker, Four Little Girls

Kimberly Trowbridge: Into the Garden is a large solo exhibition featuring a diverse, yet cohesive, body of paintings. The work reflects images, ideas, and methods developed over the past two years as a Creative Fellow at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

Kimberly Trowbridge (Seattle), Sea of Ferns (Bloedel), 2019, oil on paper, 22 " x 30", Courtesy of the Artist, kimberlytrowbridge.com @kimberly_trowbridge

Water Is… is co-curated by Cynthia Sears, BIMA Founder, and Catherine Alice Michaelis.  This water-themed exhibition draws from the Cynthia Sears Collection of Artist’s Books. Artists include Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli and Shu-Ju Wang.

In later February, we open Nancy Callan and Katherine Gray: The Clown in Me Loves You. Callan and Gray have collaborated for over four years on this new series of glass sculptures. They combine Venetian glassblowing techniques with contemporary commentary on the roles of, and reactions to, clowns. Initially it all seems like light-hearted fun, but multiple layers of feelings and social realities emerge upon taking a closer look at these fascinating pieces.

Nancy Callan and Katherine Gray, The Dreamer, 2018, blown and sculpted glass with enamels, 13”h x 8”w x 8”d, Courtesy of the Artists

Trimpin: Hear & Now also opens in later February. Trimpin is an acclaimed artist, composer, and musician. He collaborated with student artists from Path With Art in Seattle to create this large-scale kinetic sound sculpture. The work incorporates an antique, hand-pulled wagon, originally built by Trimpin’s father in Germany. Hear & Now aims to reveal human experiences encompassed in homelessness. In Trimpin’s words, the piece is “a metaphor for being in constant transition.”

Trimpin: Hear & Now

While BIMA is temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions, we’re excited to bring ways for you to experience these exhibitions from afar until we can reopen our doors. Check our website calendar for upcoming exhibition-related events and join our email list to receive information about video and other digital content coming up.

Images (top to bottom):

Kimberly Trowbridge (Seattle), Camelia Walk III (detail), 2020, oil on linen on panel, 48″h x 96″w, Courtesy of Linda Hodges Gallery, kimberlytrowbridge.com

Michelle Kumata (Seattle), Resilience, 2019, acrylic on paper, 11”h x 14”w, Collection of the Artist, michellekumata.com, @michellekumata

Paul Rucker, Four Little Girls, Fujicolor Crystal Archive emulsion sealed between solid recycled aluminum and a high-gloss UV protective laminate, 40″h x 30″w each, Edition of 18, BIMA Permanent Art Collection

Kimberly Trowbridge (Seattle), Sea of Ferns (Bloedel), 2019, oil on paper, 22 ” x 30″, Courtesy of the Artist, kimberlytrowbridge.com, @kimberly_trowbridge

Shu-Ju Wang (Portland, OR), Water, 2014, meandering book structure, silkscreen (Print Gocco), gouache, color pencils, letterpress by Diane Jacobs, text: two poems by Emily Newberry, #31 of 40, 5.375″h x 5.25″w closed; 21.5″h x 25″w open, photo credit: Bill Bachhuber, Cynthia Sears Collection of Artists Books

Nancy Callan and Katherine Gray, The Dreamer, 2018, blown and sculpted glass with enamels, 13”h x 8”w x 8”d, Courtesy of the Artists

Trimpin, Hear & Now, Mixed media sound installation on antique hand-built cart

Image carousel of installation process for Michaelle Kumata’s Song for Generations in BIMA’s Beacon Window

Have yourself a merry & musical holiday season! ☃️

As a gift to you and yours, the BIMA team has put together a mix tape of some of our favorite comforting tunes to keep you warm & cozy all winter long.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy!

From all of us at BIMA, here’s to a happy 2021!

Listen on Spotify or on YouTube.

BIMA Staff Mix Tape 2020

BIMA & Hiatus: Midsummer by Audrey Nelson

BIMA is excited to announce a new partnership with Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. On BIMA’s social media, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ spring 2020 issue featuring works by their teenage contributors created and imagined while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any written works will appear here on BIMA’s blog for you to read in its entirety! You can also see all the works from Hiatus’ most recent issue on their website here.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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Midsummer by Audrey Nelson

your silence right now is deafening
we are screaming in the streets
as you post your drinks by the pool and throwbacks to last years vacation
we will remember your silence
in a time when all voices were called
to rise up
to demand action
your silence rang out
slicing like a battle cry
through our calls
no justice no peace
your silence sharp and pointed
lodging itself in the barrier
protecting the oppressors
pushing us back
no justice no peace
your silence is heavy
we are carrying the weight of their names
saying their names
as your silence drags us further down
no justice no peace
we will remember your silence
as our souls bleed and our feet blister
we’ll march through the streets
and remember your silence

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Be sure to follow Hiatus Magazine at their Instagram and check out all the work on their website here.

BIMA & Hiatus: Silence by Bayla Rosenkotz

BIMA is excited to announce a new partnership with Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. On BIMA’s social media, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ spring 2020 issue featuring works by their teenage contributors created and imagined while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any written works will appear here on BIMA’s blog for you to read in its entirety! You can also see all the works from Hiatus’ most recent issue on their website here.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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Silence by Bayla Rosenkotz

your silence right now is deafening
we are screaming in the streets
as you post your drinks by the pool and throwbacks to last years vacation
we will remember your silence
in a time when all voices were called
to rise up
to demand action
your silence rang out
slicing like a battle cry
through our calls
no justice no peace
your silence sharp and pointed
lodging itself in the barrier
protecting the oppressors
pushing us back
no justice no peace
your silence is heavy
we are carrying the weight of their names
saying their names
as your silence drags us further down
no justice no peace
we will remember your silence
as our souls bleed and our feet blister
we’ll march through the streets
and remember your silence

——

Be sure to follow Hiatus Magazine at their Instagram and check out all the work on their website here.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 – A Note

BIMA has had the privilege of being the site for Bainbridge Pride and Kitsap Pride Network’s annual event observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. As we cannot gather in person this year to remember the transgender lives lost this year, we asked Eve Palay, trans community member and representative for Bainbridge Pride, Rainbow Crew NW, and Jefferson County Transgender Support Group, for any thoughts or reflections she might wish to share with our community, along with a list of resources which can be found at the bottom of this page. We are grateful to Eve for her time and effort taken to allow all of us to share in this moment of remembrance.

In observing Transgender Day of Remembrance for years past, we usually hand-write cards with the names of transgender people murdered in the last year and then hand them out at our ceremony. We like to hand one card per person so that the reader gets to connect to the name and the cause of death on the card. Sometimes a reader may hold on to the card and the name for a long time, perhaps pinning it to a bulletin board by their desk.

When my friend, the Rev. Erin Grayson, was helping me cut and paste over three hundred cards, she sat back for a moment and asked, “Doesn’t it get to you, all these deaths?” I had to stop for a moment, and then I told her, no, I actually didn’t concentrate on the deaths. To me, I am overwhelmed by having the gift of these names in the first place. Twenty years or so ago, there was no list at all. Just think of the people who have brought these names from around the world to us.

We of the trans community want to share this gift. I learned when attending my first Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony that we are sharing the gift of welcoming the spirits of these people who had so little welcome in their lives. And honestly, trans or not, we all know people like that.

The list is long and brutal—351 people this year alone. Sex workers and people of color are prominent, and most of the recorded deaths come from Central and South America. Please keep in mind that there is so much of the world that does not record trans deaths at all. After all, around the globe, trans sex workers are the least of us.

We have had a lot of support from the faith community over the years, and as we cannot have our usual gathering, we asked if churches and temples would like to share this gift in their services this month. We were pleased with the response we received. We did not want to take up their entire service, so the idea was to give them ten names to read. It turned out to be impossible to select just ten names from the list, so we gave them a choice of three lists, each with ten different names.

Our selected lists included Black and Latinx people, sex workers, and activists. Additionally, we included more victims from the Western world to underscore that this is not just a problem elsewhere. Still, these short lists are just a shadow of the whole list, just as the whole list is a shadow of what really goes on around the world. But it is not the number or the completeness that matters. Our hope is that you will find just one name that will connect with you, one spirit that can welcome as part of your own.

That is what we share. That is our measure of success.

– Eve Palay
Bainbridge Pride, Rainbow Crew NW, and Jeffferson County Transgender Support Group

BIMA has been provided a short list of names to honor and remember during Transgender Day of Remembrance this year. We invite you to take a moment of your day to sit with this list and remember these lives, and many others, that have been taken from us too soon.

Name: Hamsa, #12
Age: Not reported
Date of Death: Oct 13, 2019
Location: Hyderabad (India)
Cause of death: Burned
Remarks: They stumbled, their head was trampled, they were killed with kicks, sticks & stones.

Name: Brianna “BB” Hill, #17
Age: 30
Date of Death: October 16, 2019
Location: Kansas City (USA)
Remarks: Hill, 30, shot by a man who is currently in custody, was pronounced dead
when officers arrived on the scene. Kansas City Police Capt. Tim Hernandez told local press that the alleged shooter remained at the scene until they arrived.

Name: Chicho Chirinos, #21
Age: 49
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of Death: October 26, 2019
Location: La Plata (Argentina)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: The killer attacked from behind, kicked her and stabbed her again. The victim fell to the ground, but the killer continued to stab her with the knife several more times.

Name: Daphine Kauane, #32
Age: 15
Date of death: November 11, 2019
Location: Recife (Brazil)
Cause of death: Stoned

Name: Victoria Pineda, #37
Age: 28
Occupation: Activist/movement leader
Date of Death: November 16, 2019
Location: Departamento de Ahuachapán (El Salvador)
Cause of death: Beaten
Remarks: Victoria’s body was found naked, with her hands open as a symbol of crucifixion, holding some logs and a car tire on her head as a “crown of thorns” and her face disfigured due to stone blows

Name: Nikki Kuhnhausen, #56
Age: 17
Date of death: December 18, 2019
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Cause of death: Strangled/hanged
Remarks: Nikki Kuhnhausen, then 17, was reported missing on June 6. On Dec. 7, a hiker found her skull in the woods near Larch Mountain,

Name: Julie Berman, #63
Age: 51
Date of death: December 22, 2019
Location: Toronto (Canada)
Cause of death: Beaten
Remarks: Police said two people were inside the home when they arrived on scene and a female victim was found suffering from serious injuries.

Name: Mia Perry, #66
Age: 26
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: December 29, 2019
Location: Washington DC (USA)
Cause of death: shot
Remarks: A DC transgender woman was shot to death by, apparently, armed members of a private security company in a vacant apartment building, but there is still a lot of speculation about the case

Name: Dustin Parker, #68
Age: 25
Date of death: January 1, 2020
Location of death: Oklahoma City (USA)
Cause of death: Shot
Remarks: Dustin Parker, a 25-year-old transgender man, was fatally shot in
McAlester, Oklahoma, early on New Year’s Day. He was killed while working as a taxi cab driver.

Name: Nare Mphela, #69
Age: 27
Occupation: Activist/movement leader
Date of death: January 1, 2020
Location: Limpopo (South Africa)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: Nare Mphela, who won a landmark transgender discrimination case against her Limpopo high school in 2017, was stabbed to death in her home.

Name: Tamara, #83
Age: 24
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: January 13, 2020
Location: Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Cause of death: Decapitated/dismembered
Remarks: The body of the deceased was found in the Mga River by an eleventh grader. Experts noted that the victim’s legs were carefully severed with a saw, and the soft tissues were cut off with a knife. The body was in the water for about six months.

Name: Ajita Bhujel, #92
Age: 29
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: January 18, 2020
Location: Kathmandu (Nepal)
Cause of death: Strangled/hanged
Remarks: Ajita’s body was found on the side of the road. She was raped, struck on the head with a blunt object and strangled. Her gold necklace and mobile phone were stolen. The motive of her death is unclear, however hate crime is not being ruled out

Name: Mari de Bastos Lima, #100
Age: 37
Date of death: January 27, 2020
Location: Santo Antônio do Leverger (Brazil)
Cause of death: Tortured
Remarks: The victim was buried alive

Name: Jessyca Sarmiento, #127
Age: 38
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: February 21, 2020
Location: Paris (France)
Cause of death: Run-over by car
Remarks: Jessyca was deliberately run over in a hit and run attack

Name: Monika Diamond, #152
Age: 34
Occupation: Owner of beauty shop/hair salon/bar/shop
Date of death: March 18, 2020
Location of death: Charlotte (USA)
Cause of death: Shot
Remarks: Monika was shot dead in an ambulance. Charlotte police and paramedics responded to a call about a disturbance in Days Inn where Monika was experiencing shortness of breath. When she was in the ambulance, the murderer, who was denied his entry, came back and shot her several times

Name: Musa, #169
Age: 15
Date of death: April 4, 2020
Location: Faisalabad (Pakistan)
Cause of death: Beaten
Remarks: She was ‘lured’ away by ‘local thugs’, physically and sexually abused and then murdered. Her body was left outside her mentor’s home.

Name: Johanna Metzger, #176
Age: 25
Occupation: Artist
Date of death: April 11, 2020
Location: Baltimore (USA)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: Johanna Metzger’s life was tragically lost in Baltimore, MD on April 14, 2020, after a stabbing on April 11. She was a self-taught musician of multiple instruments. A virtual vigil was held on Zoom

Name: Penelope Diaz Ramirez, #180
Age: 31
Date of death: May 13, 2020
Location: Bayamon (Puerto Rico)
Cause of death: Aphyxiation/smoke inhalation/suffocated
Remarks: Penelope was found hanging in a cell within the Bayamón correctional complex. Another inmate confessed that he used a piece of cloth to strangle her and then destroyed the evidence

Name: Helle Jae O’Regan, #200
Age: 20
Occupation: Hair dresser/stylist/beautician
Date of death: May 6, 2020
Location: San Antonio, Texas (USA)
Cause of death: stabbed
Remarks: Transgender hair stylist Helle Jae O’Regan was killed in an attack on a barbershop preparing to reopen in San Antonio, Texas. The killer choked her until she passed out and then stabbed her to death. Two other employees managed to escape

Name: Tony McDade, #215
Age: 38
Date of death: May 27, 2020
Location: Tallahassee (USA)
Cause of death: Shot
Remarks: The 38-year-old African-American transgender man, Tony McDade, was fatally shot in the Leon Arms apartment complex by an officer of the Tallahassee Police Department.

Name: Selena Reyes-Hernandez, #220
Age: 37
Date of death: May 31, 2020
Location: Chicago (USA)
Cause of death: Shot
Remarks: She was shot to death inside her home in Chicago because she told her assailant she was trans.

Name: Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, #227
Age: 27
Date of death: June 6, 2020
Location: Philadelphia (USA)
Cause of death: Decapitated/dismembered
Remarks: Fell’s mutilated body was recovered from the Schuylkill river on June 9. Her body was stuffed into a suitcase with both legs severed, with stab wounds and evidence of trauma to the face and head.

Name: Essi Granlund, #229
Age: 26
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: June 12, 2020
Location: Vantaa (Finland)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: Essi was stabbed with a kitchen knife. The police failed to report her killing for over a month. When they finally did, they described the attack as “an argument between two men”.

#Name: Brayla Stone, #240
Age: 17
Occupation: Artist
Date of death: June 25, 2020
Location of death: Little Rock (USA)
Cause of death: Shot
Remarks: The body of Brayla Stone was found in a car on a walking path in the Little Rock suburb of Sherwood

Name: Summer Taylor, #255
Age: 24
Occupation: Employee/clerk/civil servant
Date of death: July 4, 2020
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Cause of death: Run-over by car
Remarks: Summer Taylor, protester killed in Seattle, honored for ‘standing up for black lives’

Name: Manuela de Cassia, #268
Age: 48
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: July 20, 2020
Location of death: Milan (Italy)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: The victim was stabbed 80 times

Name: Exón Vélez, #227
Age: not reported
Date of death: July 26, 2020
Location: Provincia de los Ríos (Ecuador)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: Exón, a non-binary person, was murdered along with their partner with machete blows

Name: Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears, #278
Age: 32
Date of death: July 29, 2020
Location: Portland (USA)
Cause of death: Stabbed
Remarks: Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears, 32, was stabbed at a vigil for another homicide victim, Tyrell Penney, in Portland. A second person, whose identity has not been released, was also stabbed.

Name: Britani Jacqueline, #313
Age: not reported
Date of death: August 26, 2020
Location: Jalisco (Mexico)
Cause of death: not reported
Remarks: Britani was detained by four municipal police officers and was later found dead. It is believed that it was an extrajudicial execution

Name: A. V., #341
Age: 24
Occupation: Sex worker
Date of death: September 20, 2020
Location: Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
Cause of death: Run-over by car
Remarks: A young trans woman was run over and killed after having a fight with a client. Prior to the event, the assailant had communicated to another trans sex worker his intention to murder a trans girl

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BIMA & Hiatus: Dear William, by anonymous

BIMA is excited to announce a new partnership with Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. On BIMA’s social media, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ spring 2020 issue featuring works by their teenage contributors created and imagined while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any written works will appear here on BIMA’s blog for you to read in its entirety! You can also see all the works from Hiatus’ most recent issue on their website here.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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Dear William by anonymous

I’m glad I discovered you. I’m thrilled to connect with you. I’m excited I found you. We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these uncertain times. I hope this finds you safe and well. I hope to find you and your family safe and healthy. A motivated student like you has a bright future ahead. You know you have what it takes to become a leader someday, right? We believe in you. Congratulations on your impressive test scores. Are you a go-getter, William? William, are you ready to say hello to the most challenging and rewarding years of your life? Let your light shine, William.

Never again will you receive so many glossy brochures, booklets, and posters—this is, alas, the price you pay for being a bright student. Baby chicks are more than small, cute balls of fluff. In fact, baby chicks exhibit altruism by making special chirps while feeding, calls that alert nearby chicks (likely relations who share many genes) that “dinner’s on!” Climate change is already impacting communities around the world. Your journey has begun. Start becoming your best. Master the art of juggling. Or physics. Or philosophy. Education with a view. Find yourself in the sun.

With a community built around strong connections between students and professors, we facilitate learning at the highest level. Our size means each student gets more attention from each professor. It’s rare to find a selective liberal arts college in a city. But you can discover that perfect combination right here. Our location enables students to grow intellectually through practical experiences in internships and research. We’re here to connect you with all the incredible site-based learning opportunities our unique location provides. World-class academic programs. We offer 200+ majors. Here you’ll find top-notch academics, hands-on learning and once-in-a-lifetime undergraduate research opportunities. There are thousands of courses, endless combinations of majors, no required subjects.

What if you could graduate debt-free? We meet 100% of demonstrated financial need. Excellence can be affordable. Competitive financial support. Affordable—for everyone. Our new, expanded financial aid program. One of the most generous need-based financial aid programs in the country.

Please be sure to verify your contact information. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Please feel free to give us a call. Please know that we are here to help in any way we can. Please check out our prospective students’ page. Please fill out the form here. Please provide your parents’ contact information. Please stay connected by joining our mailing list. Please confirm. Please find. Please click, please join, please take, please. Please please please please. For God’s sake, please.

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