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Volunteering with Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is a great way to get involved and help create a home for culture within our community. We are always on the lookout for passionate, excited volunteers to help us better fulfill our mission and engage the public with contemporary art and craft of our region. By joining our family of volunteers, you will get the opportunity to learn more about the museum, make a deeper connection with regional art and artists, meet fascinating guests from all around the world, attend special events at the museum, meet other volunteers with similar interests, and develop marketable skills to take with you in life.
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 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.
We can find a role that suits your interests and strengths. There’s room in every department for our BIMA family to grow! Introvert or extrovert, islander or commuter, regular or once-in-awhile? We can tailor a position for you!
An Exhibitions Installation Crew volunteer meticulously prepping for an opening.
A volunteer Docent leads a class through the Museum.