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"To help flatten the curve, and to protect the health of our volunteers, staff, and guests, Bellevue Arts Museum made the difficult decision last week to close our doors to the public and cancel all public and private events. Even if we cannot welcome people into our building, BAM is still committed to bringing art, craft, and design to everyone during this time of social distancing. We are producing virtual tours of the works on view at the Museum and working with our education team to create how-to videos for fun crafts that kids and their parents can do with everyday household items. We are also teaming up with Bellevue School District to supply hundreds of take-home craft activity kits for students participating in their free Grab & Go Meals program."
The Eastside's art museum was imagined, in the boom days of the '90s, as a cutting-edge contemporary art center located inside a designer building. Steven Holl provided the designer building but contemporary art didn't draw the crowds, so the museum regrouped into an art, craft, and design showplace—and thanks to good curators, there's still plenty of contemporary art. Plus, the building actually works best for 3D craft and design.