Mission & Vision


The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is an educational institution whose mission is to engage a diverse population in the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound Region.


The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will serve as a cultural campus with daily activities focused on the arts:

  • Promoting and preserving the finest examples of local and regional contemporary art and craft;
  • Presenting a regular rotation of borrowed artworks and exhibitions;
  • Creating educational opportunities for all ages and skill levels;
  • Collaborating with regional community groups, local art galleries, other museums, and cultural groups in Kitsap County, the Olympic Peninsula, and the greater Puget Sound.


BIMA is actively shaping its own future by constantly considering our impact on the region, its residents and artists, and our shared cultural landscape. We're deeply engaged in internal, professional, and community dialogue about what is important: about how, why and what this Museum is best at, most passionate about, and most capable of delivering.

We've engaged stakeholders, from docents and community members to school kids and community leaders, to articulate and refine our Values as an organization. These are core concepts that we're utilizing as we strive to find our places of greatest impact, education, and inspiration.

Thoughtfully Built for Generations to Enjoy: We are fueled by the community, focused on stewardship, sustainable and environmentally responsible.

A Place of Growth & Learning: We strive to provide a place of impactful educational opportunities that inspire learning, expanding, and growth individually and together.

Engaging a Broad & Diverse Community: We engage and collaborate with a diverse community to create an experience that has something for everyone.

A Commitment to Excellence: We are committed to providing an exceptional, best-in-class quality experience.

Dedicated to Creativity & Discovery: We are a place of imagination, discovery, curiosity, exploration, inspiration, and creativity.

Fueled by Fierce Generosity: We are built on a culture of philanthropy, resourcefulness, support, and the courageous generosity of our community, members, donors, and guests.

Open & Welcoming: We are a comfortable sanctuary, a welcoming antidote, meditative, accessible, warm, inclusive and simply a beautiful space.

A Culture of Accountability: We value integrity, transparency, respect for all, and ethical responsibility within our organization and community.

Transformational Artistic Expression & Appreciation: We celebrate the empowerment, generosity, joy, transformation, stimulation, excitement, and optimism that art has the power to create.