The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art announced a June 14 opening date this week, while beginning a final fundraising push. The museum needs another $1.2 million in donations to close out its capital campaign, according to a Tuesday news release. The overall campaign goal is $15.6 million.
The 20,000-square-foot museum is under construction on the northwest corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. It will house a permanent collection of contemporary art as well as traveling exhibits and arts programs. Initial exhibits and programs will be announced in April.
“Our main areas of focus are on arts education, documenting artists’ lives, and integrating other cultural activities including literary and performing arts into the museum programming,” museum board member Bill Baran-Mickle said in the release.
The museum will operate in an “open house” format for its first month, with hands-on activities for visitors, according to the release. Admission to the museum will be free.
The museum opened an auditorium and classroom spaces in 2011, providing new venues for community events. A full opening was scheduled for the summer of 2012 but the date was pushed back as fundraising lagged.
(Illustration by Coates Design)