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Investing in the Arts

The Bellevue Arts Museum is fundraising to cover immediate operating expenses

The BAM, like most American museums, has been affected by revenue losses amid drops in attendance, fundraising, and retail sales since the end of the pandemic. Despite these uncertainties, the museum has a longstanding commitment to providing exceptional exhibitions, cross-cultural programming, and events, including the iconic Bellevue Arts Fair.  

“I am heartened by the dedicated staff, board, docents, and extended BAMFam as we face persistent, systemic financial challenges,” said Executive Director Kate Casprowiak Scher. “While our story may not be unique, I think it would surprise my neighbors in Bellevue and beyond to realize we are so massively underfunded. I hope people hear this fundraising call and help us shepherd in a new cultural era for the greater Eastside.”

The museum is launching a campaign to build an endowment for long term financial sustainability. As a 501(c)(3), BAM is eligible for a number of avenues of support including cash donation, employer matching, gifts of stock, donor advised funds, IRA charitable rollover, and planned giving. Visit to learn more.