Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) is Bainbridge Island’s cultural hub. AHB bridges the arts and business communities by leading the Bainbridge Creative District (BCD), and promotes Bainbridge’s vibrant arts and culture through our online media platform, BainbridgeCurrents.com. The BCD and Currents highlight the island as a cultural destination, attract visitors, and deepen appreciation for our cultural offerings and heritage. The arts and humanities enhance our quality of life and create a vibrant, attractive place to live, work and visit. AHB also administers: Public Art; Community Arts Education; Poet Laureate; Creative Circles; Artist Grants; Panel & Speaker Presentations.
We connect you to the abundance of creativity in our community, to empower and inspire.
WELCOMING • TRUSTWORTHY • INQUISITIVE • VIBRANT
• Art transforms lives.
• Nurturing the artist within reveals and expands creative potential.
• Exploration through the humanities creates knowledge, understanding and compassion.
• Collaborative relationships among the Island’s cultural organizations benefit the entire Bainbridge Island Community.
• An organization’s openness to listening and learning ensures a relevant, effective response.
• The arts and humanities cultivate a high quality of life, provide significant economic impact, and create a vibrant, attractive place to live, work and visit.
We provide opportunities for artists to prosper, our youth to learn through art, our community to enjoy art in public spaces, and engage in collaborative events. We convene a Poet Laureate, Directors’ Forum and Cultural Reps of more than twenty local non-profit cultural organizations, to nurture connections, collaboration and active communication. We also provide fiscal sponsorship to fledgling nonprofit organizations and grants to individual artists.
Year-round advocacy for cultural funding at the local, state and federal level, and publicity for cultural organizations to help sustain the creative economy of Bainbridge Island.
Bainbridge Currents History
BainbridgeCurrents.com is a community cultural platform that builds on the decades-old legacy of Currents Magazine, the quarterly arts and culture review published by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB). Launched in June 2019, Currents is designed with islanders in mind and enhances our shared quality of life by bringing the rich world of island arts and culture to you with one click, on one site, and in real time.
The site is curated by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Island’s cultural hub. AHB bridges the arts and business communities by administering the Bainbridge Creative District (BCD). The BCD and Currents highlight the island as a cultural destination, attract visitors, and deepen appreciation for our cultural offerings and heritage.
Currents is powered by Artsopolis, a community engagement platform tailored to showcasing
culturally vibrant communities. This platform now reaches over 50 communities across the U.S.
The Currents Editorial Board delivers the weekly content of Currents Online.
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About Our Blog
The Editorial Board welcomes content submissions for our blog that support our mission of connecting users to the abundance of creativity on Bainbridge Island.
Articles should be 300-800 words and accompanied by a photo or graphic when possible.
• Reviews of local art exhibits, music, film, books and performances.
• ‘Listicles’ of top recommendations relating to all kinds of art experiences on the island.
• Profiles of those engaged in Bainbridge arts and culture either through their own creativity or by supporting the work of artists.
• Reported articles about new developments and trends in the arts and humanities on Bainbridge Island.
• Beginnings – first-person articles by artists about how they found their muse, the origins of their work, what inspires them.
• Essays about experiencing art and culture on Bainbridge.
• Creative writing: poems, micro short stories
Photos and Videos
Photos should be (1920 x 1080) – submitted with captions.
• Photos/videos that are creative works
• Photos/videos that highlight arts and culture on Bainbridge by capturing the scene in a lively and engaging way.
If submitting video, the following specifications are a guideline for authors/contributors – submitted with captions.
• Frame rate: 15 frames per second minimum
• Video codec: H.264 (+AAC) preferred
• Video Bit rate: at least 260 kbps (750 kbps preferred)
• Recommended frame size: 492×276
• Duration: up to a maximum length of 90 seconds
All submissions should be sent to email@example.com. Include your full name and contact information. You may submit a finished article or a pitch that details your proposed article. All submissions are subject to editing prior to publication. We will try to reply in a timely manner to let you know whether your submission is accepted. The work must be your own and you are responsible for the accuracy of the content. Unless otherwise indicated, we assume that your article has not been published elsewhere in North America. The site is supported by the non-profit Arts & Humanities Bainbridge and does not pay for contributions. We do not retain the rights to your submission and you may republish elsewhere.
Currents Contributing Staff
Inez Maubane Jones is the Executive Director of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. She is the author of The Contest – a children’s book series, writer and editor for JonesWrite, contributing writer for Tokyo Business Today, and a blogger focusing on educational trends, parenting, and social issues.
Linda Jenning is a veteran journalist who continues to freelance since moving to Bainbridge in 2017. In Washington, D.C., she taught journalism at Georgetown University, served as the DC editor for Glamour magazine, and earlier worked in the Time Inc. bureau for People. She started her journalism career at the Associated Press and covered politics in Oregon and worked at KOIN-TV before moving to DC. She is a graduate of Smith College and earned a master’s in writing from John Hopkins.
Asa has been instrumental in redesigning AHB’s website, creating audiovisual content for all our pillars (Currents, public art, arts ed), including some graphics for the Certified Creative District, and managing the Art Marketplace.
Contributing Community Member Writers
Mike Lisagor plays harmonica and sings in Good Karma Blues. He has written hundreds of magazine articles and blogs on a variety of business and Buddhist related topics. He is the author of “Romancing the Buddha,” which he adapted into a successful one-man show that he performed at Bainbridge Performing Arts and in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. His nature photographs have appeared in the Boston Globe, Bainbridge Island Magazine, Living Buddhism as well as in several local galleries. His latest graphic art project, “Reimagined Nature”, is in the lobby of New Motion Physical Therapy.
Recently, Bill has enjoyed exhibiting in several international art biennial exhibitions. Of the three in which he has participated, he won Third Place for Sculpture from the European Confederation of Art Critics in the Chianciamo Biennale, at the Chianciano Art Museum in Italy in 2011, and First Place in Applied Arts in the London Biennale of 2013. In 2013 alone, he will have participated in eight exhibitions: from London to a two-person exhibition near home. In addition, Bill was asked to be a representative for CCAC’s exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Metals Department, and a mix of group shows in New York City, Miami, Seattle and Las Vegas. Bill is the designer of the 10 foot Equitorial Bowstring Sundial located at the Richie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island, WA and completed in 2015.
Lone is an artist who has owned several galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, and Bainbridge Island. She currently lives in Poulsbo where she is a member of the Poulsbo Arts League. During this pandemic and through her interactions with fellow artists, Lone has been creating art, gaining daily inspiration, cooking, and is taking care of dogs again. “I like this new normal,” she said. “It’s good for me – it is.” Lone has been “downsizing” her entire life – not just her studio, but her “whole life.” “It’s good to remember a life well lived,” she reflected. “Never boring, and it’s got me to where I am today.”
Margaret Millmore is a writer of supernatural fiction and author of The Island Wanderer blog, which focuses on Bainbridge Island people, events and businesses. Prior to concentrating on her writing, Margaret spent 20 years in the commercial real estate field with a national title insurance company in San Francisco. Avid travelers, Margaret and her husband, Bryan, frequently visited small towns in the U.S., and in the seaside communities throughout Ireland, where much of her family resides. Those small towns appealed so much, they decided to search out the perfect hamlet to relocate to—upon their first visit to Bainbridge Island, they were hooked, and made the move in 2017.
In 2011, she published her first full length novel. Since then, she’s published a three-book series, another novel and her current series What Haunts Me (Ghost Killer Book 1); The Edge of the Cemetery (Ghost Killer Book 2), which was awarded the August 2016 Book of the Month award by Long and Short Reviews; and What Hunts Me (Ghost Killer Book 3). The majority of her books are set in San Francisco where she lived for over 26 years. Her preferred writing genre is supernatural fiction, with the exception of her time-travel novel, The Dragonfly Door.
Inspired by globe-trotting, day tripping, found objects and high fashion, Denise has been designing home decor for two decades. Originally from the island of Manhattan, she traded concrete and glass skyscrapers for skyscrapers of the deciduous and coniferous variety and now lives happily on Bainbridge Island with her Chihuahua, Tula. Interior Design has and always will be her first love. She studied (and later, taught) at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Denise writes a blog for Mercury Michael and is also a member of AHB’s Public Art Committee – placing public art in public spaces.
We are pleased to announce that Jenna d’Anna is our new Programs and Communications Manager. Most recently on the leadership team at Port Townsend School of the Arts, she moved to Bainbridge Island last summer with her husband and young son. Previously an art and art history teacher at both a diverse public school and one of the largest community arts centers in the country, she designed and implemented thoughtful curricula with an emphasis on programs that brought rich experiences of the outer art world into classrooms. Her background is international, having worked in various capacities for arts and cultural organizations based in Europe, Asia, and Central America. Jenna is also an artist who has sold her mixed media paintings as original commissions, giclée prints, and greeting cards.
Local artist Andrew (“Andy”) Bergh is a long-time Bainbridge Islander (33+ years), whose successful transition from law to photography began in 2010. After displaying his unique and evocative images at different venues, including the Bainbridge Island Studio Tours, the Saturday Farmers Market, and various local businesses, Andy took the big plunge in September 2018 when he opened his own gallery – Bergh Images – in downtown Winslow. His prints are offered in different mediums, including metal, canvas, and fine art acrylic prints; matted prints; and custom-framed black and white prints. Andy has an online presence at https://berghimages.com/, which also features his entertaining travel blog. The gallery is open every day but Monday, with Andy and his wife Carol regularly participating in the monthly First Friday Art Walks sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.
Questions for the Currents Editorial Board?
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