Plan your visit: Some galleries may be closed in preparation for our upcoming summer exhibitions. Read more.



Join BIMA’s Volunteer Family!

BIMA is always on the lookout for passionate, excited volunteers to help the Museum fulfill its mission and engage the public. By joining the 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.

BIMA will work with you!

BIMA has a various and ever-growing list of needs and volunteer positions. The 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 gallery docent. BIMA will work with your schedule, interests and skills to find a position that best fits YOUR needs as a volunteer.

Help in the Sherry Grover Gallery.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Kim Seigel (Volunteer Coordinator) at or (206) 451-4019.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Participate in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere
  • Learn about the arts and museum operations
  • Receive invitations to exclusive events
  • Give back to your community
  • Make new friends and become part of the BIMA family
  • Earn High School volunteer credits

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Work according to the BIMA Volunteer Handbook (you will receive this information during your training)
  • Pass a background check
  • Adhere to BIMA confidentiality standards and policies

Volunteer Opportunities:


Docents at BIMA help perform an important volunteer function of the art museum: welcoming and introducing visitors to the work in BIMA’s galleries. Docents are liaisons to the exhibits and share firsthand knowledge about art, while inviting the public to become curious and informed viewers.

Docents greeting guests at BIMA.


Be a part of the fun and engage directly with art audiences! BIMA holds a variety of events throughout the year to engage members, patrons, donors, and the community. From intimate gatherings in support of an exhibiting artist, to our annual fundraiser, there are multiple events every week that could benefit from your help. Responsibilities include set-up, decor, greeting, check-in, bartending, food prep, and clean-up.

A volunteer pours wine at a BIMA event.
Volunteers can help with exhibition installation.


Experience BIMA behind the scenes! The exhibition installation crew assists 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.


Various museum departments 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.


Intern at BIMA and earn credit towards a college degree.


BIMA will find a role that suits your interests and strengths. Introvert or extrovert, islander or commuter, regular or only once-in-awhile? BIMA will tailor a position for you!