Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2019 BIMA Bash! It’s amazing people like you that make this event possible and enable us to light up our community with art throughout the year.

The auction will take place on Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Volunteering entitles you to a complimentary ticket ($100 value) to Friday event plus we will have a thank you celebration after the event for all of our volunteers.

First time volunteer? No problem! Please fill out the Volunteer Application HERE.


Below are the different opportunities available for volunteers at this year’s auction. Please READ FULL VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY before making your selection. Note the varying dates and times, as well as positions that require previous experience.


Set Up / Tear Down (décor, table setting, table set-up, hanging things, etc)
Watch the magic unfold as we transform the galleries into a beautiful and lively atmosphere for this event! We will set tables, put up signage, set-up the bars, add razzle dazzle, and much more! This position would be ideal for folks who would like to help during the morning or day time on Friday and Saturday.
Positions to be filled: **Lots of openings available**
Friday: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm (various shifts available) / 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 11:30am

Guest Services (valet greeting, crowd control, guest escort)
Positions to be filled: 6 both days
Time: Friday 5:00 – 9:00 | Saturday 4:30 – 7:00
You will be the faces of BIMA!  Be prepared to greet and assist guests with questions and direct guests during specific times. You will be given FAQ short sheets to assist with guest questions. Volunteers will be in various locations: Check-In area, upstairs and downstairs galleries, roaming, check-in line, etc. Must be comfortable engaging with guests, answering questions about event, walking throughout event spaces.

Bartenders and Bar Support
Positions to be filled: 
Friday 7 | Saturday 6
Time: Friday 5:00 – 9:00 | Saturday 4:30 – 7:00
You will be part of the most popular team of folks at the whole event… the bartenders! If you are pouring, please make sure to bring your MAST Certification.
Interested in becoming MAST certified before the event? Class scheduled for late April – contact kim@biartmuseum.org

Art Handlers (packing, transporting, check-in)
Positions to be filled: Friday 20 | Saturday 10
Time: Friday 5:00 – 9:30 | Saturday 4:30 – 8:00
Volunteers will be responsible for transporting art items throughout gallery spaces after the auctions have closed. Requirements: Must be able to lift and transport large objects swiftly and cautiously through gallery spaces in specified time range.

Parking Attendants
Positions to be filled: 
Friday 4
Time: Friday 4:30-7:70
The Gateway complex has limited parking locations (garage, out front, upper lot) and we must make sure guests are directed to the right locations. A select group of Saturday guests also have reserved parking in the garage. Volunteers will assist with directing cars to the designated locations by following BIMA’s parking plan.

Live Auction Spotters
Positions to be filled: 
Saturday 4
Time: Saturday 6:00-9:00
Auction spotters must have an acute awareness of any paddles raised during the live auction. Spotters will be stationed throughout the upstairs gallery to assist the auctioneer if he doesn’t see any paddles raised. Spotters should be available prior to event start time to meet with auctioneer for instructions.

– Must attend ONE Volunteer Orientation date: Friday, June 7th @ 10:30-12:00 OR Monday, June 10th @ 1:00-2:30
– All Volunteers must fill out background check prior to event
– Teen Volunteer positions available for volunteer hours
– Volunteer Bidding: Friday Volunteers will be given bidder number for any auction bidding. Saturday Volunteers are not eligible to bid on auction items without a pre-purchased ticket.

Still have questions?
Contact Alexandra Reinken at alexandra@biartmuseum.org or 206-451-4013