Bellevue Arts Museum

Mission:  Bellevue Arts Museum is a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest to experience art, craft, and design. BAM engages the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications, featuring regional, national, and international artists.

Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest's center for the exploration of art, craft, and design. The Museum's mission is guided by the belief that craft and design are essential to the conversation on art and are equally transformative. From objects made for everyday use to cutting-edge sculpture, furniture, and jewelry, BAM celebrates the creative process, skill, and vision of today's most talented makers. International exhibitions are placed side-by-side some of the region's most promising artists, fostering global exchange and providing a platform for thought-provoking ideas.

Category: Arts, Culture & Humanities

History: BAM is one of few museums that grew out of an art fair. Started by a handful of dedicated volunteers, the first fair was held in 1947 and eventually led to the founding of the Museum in 1975. After undergoing a series of transformations, BAM opened the doors to its first permanent home, designed by renowned architect and Washingtonian Steven Holl, in 2001. Exclusively dedicated to art, craft, and design since 2005, the Museum has grown to be an important contributor to the region's cultural vibrancy and a leading institution in its field. The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair continues to be a core community program, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

Administration Assistant
Volunteer responsibilities include data entry as well as specific projects unique to each department.

Free First Ambassador
On the First Friday of every month BAM’s admission is free for everyone.  Volunteers are responsible for greeting guests and inviting guests to sign in. It’s a great, fun way to interact with the museum’s public!
Get Crafty & Family Day Ambassador

Educational programs are key to fulfilling BAM's mission. Free art activities during Get Crafty and Family Days bring BAM programs to the community. Volunteers assist with set-up and clean-up of craft activities and have the opportunity to help participants with art projects. Assists Education Curator.

Join a Guild
Bellevue Arts Museum Guild members are an essential part of the Museum's fundraising activities and help with our event planning. Come and join the fun! BAM has three guilds: Gallery Guild, Roundtable Guild, and Potpourri Guild.

One Day Volunteers
One Day Volunteers assist with the Museum’s two biggest fundraising events of the year Artful Evening and BAM ARTSfair. 

Become a Docent
Share Your Passion for Art, Craft, & Design– Become a Museum Docent! What is a docent? - A docent is a trained, volunteer museum guide and an essential link between the public and the Museum. Docents strive to effectively engage visitors of all ages in stimulating conversations about BAM's exhibitions and the Museum's mission. Docents give tours, perform gallery duty, and assist in educational programs. Articulate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable docents are part of the BAM family and important ambassadors inside and outside of the Museum's walls.

Be a Teen Docent! (Students Ages 14 – 18)
Are you passionate about creative arts and interested in museums? Consider joining BAM's Teen Docent Program, designed for students ages 14 – 18. Learn about art, craft, and design, hone your presentation skills and gain a sense of pride and confidence that will help you succeed in any environment.