The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art was founded in 2006 when artists and community members joined together to fill a hole that the absence of a central art museum left in the Bainbridge community. The Museum focuses on collecting and displaying art from primarily the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. Through their prioritization of local artists, the museum has built a collection that introduces up-and-coming artists, while still displaying more well-known artists' work. Boasting education as its core value, the museum incorporates hands on activities, live performance art, and lectures in the 95-seat auditorium. Throughout its 10 years of existence, the museum has established itself as a vital resource for arts education and a facilitator of longterm commitment in the Bainbridge art community.