Bainbridge Announces Status as a Certified Creative District by the Washington Arts Commission

The Washington Arts Commission (ArtsWA) has announced a Certified Creative District on Bainbridge Island. Situated a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, The Bainbridge Creative District is located within the downtown Winslow core.


What is a Certified Creative District?

A Certified Creative District is a geographically defined area of cultural and economic activity. It’s the heart of a community. It is a place for people to gather and enjoy their community’s arts and culture. A district is a place where innovation and creativity can thrive. A place that helps the community move enthusiastically into the future. Learn more about Creative Districts at www.arts.wa.gov/creative-districts.



Experience the Bainbridge Creative District at Bridge Festical September 10, 2022


Arts & Humanities Bainbridge & its partners (Chamber, BIDA, Visit Bainbridge, Lodging Association, MAC, BIMA, BIJAC) invites you to join them for a community celebration event on September 10th from 11 am-10 pm at Waterfront Park City Dock located at 301 Shannon Drive SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.


Enjoy live music from Jenny Davis Jazz Trio, Betsy and the Boys, Reposado, and David A. Tobin. There will also be local vendors, food, and more.





More About The Bainbridge Creative District


Immediately upon arriving in the district from the ferry terminal, visitors will find the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). The museum is always free and features contemporary art & craft of the Puget Sound Region. The Museum is accessible by ramps and elevators, and if a wheelchair is needed to enjoy the museum, a loaner one can be borrowed at the reception desk.


Just one block away, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum is committed to documenting, preserving, and sharing the unique history of Bainbridge Island. Their collection of cultural material is extensive and gives insight into the people, events, issues, places, and stories of the island’s collective past. The museum’s exhibits range from the indigenous population of the Suquamish people to the Japanese internment through to current-day photographs of mask-clad Bainbridge residents enduring the Covid pandemic.


Bainbridge Island is home to a large and diverse community of visual artists, writers, performing artists, and craftspeople. Our goal is to give visibility to our local artist community and help to provide opportunities for artists to prosper.


Bainbridge features a First Friday Art Walk, which brings our community together on a monthly basis to celebrate the arts. On a twice-yearly basis, Bainbridge features an island-wide Studio Tour, a self-guided art show in which art aficionados can visit artist studios, meet the artists and directly purchase artwork. We have a large community of makers.


With a community of musicians, an array of stellar classical and jazz performances can be found at First Sunday Concerts hosted at the Waterfront Park Community Center, at the Bainbridge Apothecary and Tea Shop, Winslow on the Green, and outside Blackbird Bakery, just to name a few.


The district also features a weekly Farmer’s Market, performing arts center, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, ice-cream shops, award-winning coffee shops, a community center in the “glow” consisting of artisans and makers (Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network – BARN) and more.


Learn more at BainbridgeCreativeDistrict.com