Although the annual Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum will celebrate its Arts Fair weekend with the introduction of a new program. From July 24 to 26, the museum will donate 6,000 free craft kits for kids and families as part of Kids Fair To Go. This program will be held in lieu of BAM’s popular Kids Fair event.
The kits will be available for contactless pickup outside the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Each of the three kits available will include materials and instructions for craft activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions, as well as additional learning resources that parents can use to talk with their children about art. Participants are welcome to choose between the three kits or take all three home with them.
“With BAM being closed for the past few months, our education team has been trying new and fun ways to engage with our young artist community,” Education Manager Mary Kate Anselmini said in a press release. “We miss being creative within the walls of the museum with young artists and want to make sure that everyone has access to artmaking until we can reopen our doors and get crafty together.”
The Arts Fair 2021 exhibitor page is available on the museum’s website as a resource for the public to check out and shop from individual artists who were planning to participate in this year’s fair. Work from several regular Arts Fair artists is also available for purchase in the museum store, now open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.