Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

May 08, 2020
Photos: Alexandra Knight Photography

May 8, 2020
Contact: Emilie Smith
Phone: 425.519.0755

Bellevue, WA—In light of Washington State’s newly announced "Safe Start" plan, and in the interest of keeping artists and community members safe, Bellevue Arts Museum has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 BAM Arts Fair, scheduled for July 24–26.

"While this was not an easy decision to make, BAM takes the health and safety of its artists and community members seriously," says the Museum's Executive Director Benedict Heywood. "With the constantly changing nature of the current situation and with respect for the concerns voiced by artists, partners, and community members, we feel it is in everyone's best interest to cancel this year's event."

Fairgoers can still engage with BAM's exhibitions and programs through the Museum's BAM from Home page, which features virtual curator talks and craft tutorials.

The fair is a staple of summertime in downtown Bellevue and one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum looks forward to hosting the fair again next year when it will be celebrating 75 years of connecting artists to the community.


Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture. We work with audiences, artists, makers, and designers to understand our shared experience of the world.