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At Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, we are always on the lookout for qualified volunteers to help us engage our patrons with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region through exhibits, events, classes, tours, and administrative support. Volunteers have the opportunity to make deeper connections with the art and artists in our region, meet fascinating guests from around the world, support our local arts community, meet other volunteers with similar interests, attend social and exhibition-related events, and learn marketable skills.
The various and ever-growing list of needs and volunteer positions allows BIMA to work with your schedule, interests and skills. Our volunteers range from those who can drop in to help at an envelope stuffing party or pour wine at an event, to regularly scheduled shifts greeting guests as a docent on the front line or providing administrative support to our busy and small staff. BIMA can work with you to find a position that best fits YOUR needs as a volunteer.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click HERE to fill out the Volunteer Application. (You will be redirected to Volgistics, our volunteer management system)
If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Kim Seigel (Volunteer Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.451-4007
Docents at BIMA help perform one of the most important volunteer functions of the art museum: introducing the experience of the museum and deepening its place in the community for visitors of all ages. Docents are liaisons to the exhibits, sharing firsthand knowledge about local art and interpreting works by the emerging and established artists and craftspeople represented in BIMA’s changing exhibits and its permanent art collection. BIMA relies on its Docents to invite the public to become curious and informed viewers and feel welcomed to the Museum.
Administrative volunteers provide valuable office and clerical support, helping to extend the resources at BIMA by fulfilling essential needs of the staff including: customer service, answering phone, filing, mailings and distribution of printed materials, research and data input among other jobs. Strong customer service skills in person, by email, and on the phone required for this indispensable volunteer position.
Be a part of the fun! BIMA holds a variety of special events throughout the year to engage members, patrons, donors and the community. From intimate gatherings in support of an exhibiting artist and shopping events in the Museum Store to the our most important fundraiser of the year--our annual Auction Weekend--we have multiple events every week that could benefit from your help. Responsibilities can include set-up, decor, greeting, check-in, bartending, food prep, and clean-up, but the result is always the same--fun for you and a more engaged arts audience for Bainbridge Island.
Are you a go-getter? The Development Department works closely with BIMA’s Board of Directors and the Executive Director to raise contributed revenue and needs your support. Opportunities include providing strategic planning and support for fundraising campaigns and events (Membership Drive, Annual Fund Drive, and Annual Auction), grant research and application processing, donor and sponsorship relations and cultivation, database and reporting support, and various administrative duties.
Take it to the streets–help BIMA get the word out about its exciting exhibitions, classes, and events! Marketing volunteers have the opportunity to support programs, exhibitions, events, the Museum Store and Bistro through both in-office and street team activities. Hit the pavement and hang posters. Man a BIMA booth at a community event. No matter your time availability or interests, we’ve got plenty of opportunities to get out and connect with your community and neighbors in support of BIMA.
Become part of the vital team responsible for changing and launching our diverse exhibitions. Exhibition and installation volunteers assist in the galleries with installing and taking down exhibitions by carefully prepping, painting, hanging, labeling, and cleaning the galleries. As this is a high-touch position, art handling training is required and results in a more intensive commitment level over a short period of time. This is a great way to learn how the museum works behind-the-scenes.
Various museum departments also seek high school, undergraduate, and graduate student interns. Interns gain skills and behind the scenes insights through on the job training. Internship opportunities can be offered in conjunction with college and university credit. Check our Employment page for a list of currently open internship positions.
An Exhibitions Installation Crew volunteer meticulously prepping for an opening.
A volunteer Docent leads a class through the Museum.