The Amabile Choir of Bainbridge Island, founded in 2013, is a mixed-voice ensemble of 55 singers from Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. The choir’s members range in age from teenagers to retirees – all music lovers who enjoy singing. From founding, Amabile’s purpose has been to express love of music through choral singing. Amabile Choir provides musical education and choral performance fostering a genuine love of singing with a clear understanding of the value of music in people’s lives. Amaile draws from an eclectic repertoire including classical, international, jazz and religious works Amabile aims to provide meaningful cultural experiences for the community. It performs two concerts annually, in late spring, then during the holiday season, in the beautiful St. Barnabas sanctuary, which the church generously provides in keeping with its own spiritual commitment to community service.
Arts & Culture
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is the cultural hub on Bainbridge Island. We support, promote and foster local artists and cultural organizations of all disciplines through a variety of vehicles and opportunities via our three pillars – Arts in Education, Public Art and Currents online. Currents, (currentstonline.org) our community cultural website, hosts an extensive events calendar, online artist marketplace, stories, blogs, videos, local artist and cultural organization profiles, public art, an arts education and links for artistic and cultural resources. Our second pillar, the Arts in Education program serves over 2,000 students by bringing teaching artist residencies into the public schools to enrich the core curriculum. Our third pillar, the Public Art program brings art to public spaces, through collaborations with local artists, the City of Bainbridge Island and a variety of private investors. We also provide fiscal sponsorship to fledgling nonprofit organizations and grants to individual artists.
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts fosters the creation and appreciation of fine contemporary art and craft by jurying, exhibiting, and representing the work of Northwest artists, and by offering arts education and outreach experiences to all ages throughout Kitsap County and the region. Founded in 1948 by a group of ambitious, forward-thinking artists, craftspeople, and art educators, we are one of the region’s largest nonprofit galleries. We support the livelihood of more than 200 Northwest artists while serving close to 10,000 youth, adults, and seniors each year through more than 100 free programs taking place inside and outside of our gallery space.
Learn the language and culture of one of the world’s great civilizations. Bainbridge Chinese Culture & Arts is a non-profit organization that provides Mandarin Chinese language training and an introduction to Chinese culture and arts to students and interested adults on Bainbridge Island and nearby communities in Washington State.
The Bainbridge Chorale began bringing members of our community together to sing and enjoy the power of choral music in 1971. Since our modest beginnings, we have grown in our scope and mission in ways our founders could never have envisioned. Thousands of voices have joined our adult and youth choirs over the years, sharing music of all genres with ever-growing audiences. Hundreds of our neighbors have enjoyed coming together to sing at our annual community singing events, open to all. But our mission goes beyond hosting events, offering quality musical education to singers of all ages, and performing professional-level concerts. The Bainbridge Chorale organization is committed to sharing the power of singing and choral music to touch our hearts, to evoke a healing sense of our shared humanity.
Bainbridge Community Piano Association owns and maintains the Yamaha C6 grand piano in Huney Hall at Waterfront Park Community Center. It sponsors community student recitals and presents eight professional concerts of jazz and classical music in the concert series First Sundays Concerts.
We are a network of merchants working together to preserve and promote our downtown. We help to create a vibrant feel and create community while supporting the economy. We market through publishing our handy Walkabout Guide and add beauty through our hanging Flower Basket program. We create events for locals and visitors to enjoy. Since 1992, Bainbridge has been recognized as one of only 13 nationally accredited Washington Main Streets through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum aims to preserve and share the stories of Bainbridge Island to promote a greater understanding of our community. Despite closing our doors to the public for periods of time due to the pandemic, we have relied on our vision and values to ensure the projects we take on directly relate to our mission. Our new Curious Curator video series allows us to explore Bainbridge history together. We share highlighted objects from our collection to provide insight into our community heritage. Our public programs are more accessible than ever on virtual platforms and they cover diverse topics and important local stories. We are thrilled to be reopen and remain free to the public. Our team is dedicated to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive museum experience through everything we do. We hope you’ll consider visiting and supporting our organization.
BIMA inspires curiosity, wonder and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region. BIMA is committed to provide free general admission to the museum every day, made possible thanks to generous donors and BIMA members. We welcome visitors from all of the world to our ten gallery spaces rotated three times a year. The Museum’s Arts Growth Initiative advances a multi-pronged educational program, including field trips for students throughout the region, hands-on art projects for children of all ages, after-school art clubs, summer camps, workshops for adult learners, and programs for people going through Early Stage Memory Loss. BIMA’s year-round PRISM programming includes film series, concerts and lectures, as well as annual events such as the Momentum Arts Festival, Black History Month celebrations, MoJo Rhythm & Blues Festival, Within/Earshot Jazz Festival, and the Dia de los Muertos Celebration.
The training orchestra for musicians ages 7-18 on Bainbridge Island, BIYO provides students with the opportunity to perform orchestral music at a high degree of artistry while improving technical skills and fostering collaboration, teamwork and community involvement. Our three-tiered orchestra program allows students from beginner to advanced to benefit and grow from their involvement. We celebrate our performing artists with three annual free public concerts, collaborations with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, an educational local school’s outreach program and a festival open to all area musicians. Thank you for your support.
The quintessential heart of the island’s performing arts community, BPA has offered year-round LIVE entertainment on stage for over 60 years and is a gathering place for local talent in dance, music, and theatre. Our mission is to promote appreciation of and participation in the performing arts to build, educate, and inspire our vibrant, creative community.
BARN — Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network is a maker space and a learning place. BARN features 10 well-equipped workshops where people of all ages and skill levels learn from one another while working on personal and community service projects. We offer classes in everything from woodworking, glass arts, metalworking, printmaking and cooking to building robots and using 3D printers. It’s a place to build a kayak, make a necklace, weave a rug, learn to code, or experiment with spices. With our growing online classes, a person can craft an art book or write a novel, become a podcaster or refine photography skills. BARN now offers a nine-month Certificate of Craft program in jewelry-making, to prepare people for opportunities in the jewelry industry. BARN has risen creatively to the challenges of the pandemic, providing thousands of meals, face masks, and PPE parts to those who needed them.
Nature heals. Bloedel Reserve was founded on this principle in 1988 and the global pandemic has spotlighted this enduring truth today. Now more than ever, our community is seeking and finding respite, renewal, and hope at Bloedel Reserve by: 1) Safely visiting our 150 protected acres of iconic gardens, forests, ponds, meadows, and trails through scrupulously implemented health and safety protocols; 2) Participating in our free Strolls for Well-Being program, no-entry-fee Gratitude Days, and family-friendly Super Squash Scavenger Hunt and Winter in the Woods; 3) Accessing creative new virtual programming 24/7 such as From Our Backyard to Yours, Strolls at Home, and co-productions with Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, BARN, and BIMA. Our visionary co-founder Virginia Bloedel could never have imagined how profound her words would be today when she said, “…being present in nature elevates and nurtures the human spirit, heals hearts and minds, and enriches our communities, and our world.”
Built in 1928 by the Bainbridge Island Fair Association, the Filipino Community Hall has been used and maintained by the Filipino American Community since 1943. Formerly a receiving site for the National Canning Company during strawberry season, the Hall is now primarily used as a meeting and event center for residents of Bainbridge Island & Vicinity. The Hall was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Incorporated in 1990, the Filipino Community of Bainbridge Island & Vicinity (aka Fil-Am) maintains and uses the hall to practice and preserve the cultures, customs, and traditions of the founders. The hall is available for rent and is used by many community organizations. Fil-Am supports other non-profits and individuals in need through volunteerism. Our mission is to encourage and bestow these values to our families and friends for continued support of the community.
inD Theatre produces independent theatrical events in order to inspire social change, provide artist stipends and offer free admission so all community members may attend. We are a Washington State nonprofit corporation that is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides independent arts groups the services, resources, and opportunities they need for sustainable success.
The Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island and Vicinity’s purpose is create educational texts, films and forums that include the history, culture and traditions of Filipino Americans and Indigenous people. In the early 1940s, Indigenous women from Washington, Alaska and BC Canada migrated to Bainbridge Island and married Filipino immigrants. Some women lost membership in their tribes for not marrying other Status Indians. Over thirty-six women from nineteen different tribes settled on Bainbridge Island to raise their mixed heritage children (Indipinos) and established berry farms toiling alongside their husbands. Our research includes the impact of war, legislation, educational systems and social conditions that Indipinos faced pre and post World War II and the effect on mixed heritage identity formation. We collaborate with the Bainbridge Island School District, Islandwood, Kitsap Regional Library, the Bainbridge Historical Museum and the City of Bainbridge Island to promote cultural and historical programs, presentations, events and exhibits.
Island Theatre provides high quality theater in intimate settings for adults who like to think. Every other month we perform “scripts in hand” productions at the Bainbridge Public Library. The months in between, we host a potluck dinner and play reading in private homes. You’re welcome to just listen or to read a part. We also host our annual Ten Minute Play Festival, showcasing original plays by professional and aspiring Kitsap County playwrights, and featuring local actors and directors. Run entirely by volunteers, Island Theatre is supported by your individual donations, Bainbridge Community Foundation, COBI Cultural Funding, and One Call For All. Most productions are free to the community with donations gratefully accepted. Since its inception in 1994, Island Theatre has presented close to 200 plays at the library and on other community stages.
Founded in 2003 by a group of dedicated volunteers, Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) sparks children’s curiosity through play and experiential learning. KiDiMu is the only children’s museum on the Kitsap Peninsula and is a nonprofit experiential learning center for young children. Focusing on early childhood education, KiDiMu houses exhibits that encourage imaginary play and scientific inquiry; offers art projects, special events, workshops, camps, educational activities, and programming. For nearly two decades, families all over Kitsap and neighboring counties have come to rely on KiDiMu as a haven of educational play opportunities for their families.
An el Sistema-inspired program dedicated to building community and relationships and making beautiful music. Kids in Concert is an after-school program for ages 5-18 that ignites creativity though choir and string ensembles at absolutely no cost to families.
Never heard of it? That’s our specialty! Familiar favorites and famous titles are well-represented by other local performing arts groups. We aim to provide our local community with exposure to rare, unusual, and/or out-of-mainstream theatrical works which for various reasons would not find a home at other local venues. Through these lesser-known works we seek to foster community engagement, dialogue, and understanding of history, politics, and the different ways of living, thinking, believing and behaving in society, and to provide more opportunities for inclusion in the performing arts to traditionally underrepresented groups.
We provide dancers and performers of all ages and levels as well as artistic choreographers the opportunity to be involved in professional level productions and workshops. We strive to enrich the community by increasing dance appreciation through these events as well as to develop life skills in local youth who join OPG. Skills such as dedication, work ethic, team work and professionalism are learned through participation in the caliber of performance we achieve all while spreading the spirit of dance as a dynamic art form. With a fourteen year history, OPG has touched the lives of thousands in our local community and is continually looking for ways to partner with other organizations to bring even more, the joy of dance. Website: olympicperformancegroup.org
Ovation! presents quality theatrical productions by and for our community while engaging all age groups in enriching theatrical and arts education experiences. Ovation! produces two to three mainstage productions per year and operates education programs that span multiple stages of life and foster interaction between diverse age groups. Programming includes Crescendo, an adult vocal ensemble; the Northwest Young Actor’s Studio; and summer GLEE camps for youth and adults. Founded in 2003 as a volunteer run organization, Ovation! has produced thirty-five shows in eighteen years. As a teaching organization, Ovation! has produced top-notch talent nurtured by first-class educators.
Based out of Rolling Bay Hall, WEAVE Presents is a nonprofit performing arts and education organization that hosts international musicians, showcases our local independent arts community, and invites audiences to celebrate the multi-racial, multi-ethnic roots of American culture. WEAVE ignites curiosity by increasing exposure to the communities that built this country and continue to make it strong and vibrant. WEAVE partners with Bainbridge Island artists and nonprofits who resonate with our mission by offering them an all ages venue, high quality bar service, supplemental marketing channels, and access to our growing fan base. We host fundraisers for nonprofits and peformances for artists across the island. and beyond. WEAVE fosters connection by creating an intimate, welcoming, and cozy ambiance. In contrast to our high-tech, touch-screen world, we are committed to gathering often around intentional programming in an inclusive environment to strengthen friendships and facilitate new bonds within our community.