Abba always gets it right.
Take a look at these lyrics to their song, “Thank You For the Music”:
So I say
Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
Who can live without it? I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance, what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me
Currents Online exists because of the music you have shared with us. Your painting, writing, poetry, artistry, song, dance. Your music. Your creativity. For this, we say thank you.
As we celebrate Currents Online’s one year anniversary, we recognize that the idea of Currents was set in motion long before June 13, 2019. The community asked. Arts & Humanities Bainbridge answered. After countless forums, interviews, questionnaires, you told us that this community needed a central location for all things arts and culture. Enter Artsopolis. Founded by Jeff Trabucco, Artsopolis technology offers cities and organizations websites that highlight local events, artist profiles, organizations, arts in education, public art, and classifieds promoting jobs and auditions within the arts.
Artsopolis has given Bainbridge Island the resource that has connected all our creative endeavors “with one click, in one place, in real time.” An idea is only as useful as its utility. This community has embraced and utilized this vital resource. And we’re just getting started.
Last year we focused on sharing Bainbridge-centric arts and culture. As we celebrate this one year anniversary, Currents Online will be highlighting all Kitsap events: Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton, Port Angeles, etc. This offers our communities new avenues for creative connections.
We have received countless feedback from islanders throughout the year, most especially during our celebration concert held on June 26. We’d like to share some of these with you.
“Congratulations! Currents has been the best one stop shop online resource for all events in Bainbridge. You have helped amplify our voice, expand our resources and support shared opportunities. Currents Online is a tremendous gift that keeps giving to the community! A BIG thank you to the Arts & Humanities staff, board and volunteers for their vision to create an essential collaborative platform.”Lisa Sheffer, BI Parks Foundation Marketing & Development Director
“Congratulations on Currents Online’s first anniversary! Thank you for bringing this collaborative, accessible and timely resource to our community. Not only has it strengthened partnerships between local organizations but it has also kept us inspired and connected through art and cultural experiences – which has been especially valuable during the recent challenging months. Here’s to many more years of creative collaborations that help us thrive!”Krzysztofa McDonough, Raising Resilience President
One of my many functions is as a creator and coordinator of programs and events in the community. Currents Online makes my life easier by letting me advertise events on the website. The process is simple. The resource is free of charge and a great way to find out what’s happening on the island. Currents online is an indispensable community resource. Thank you AHB.John Fossett, Bainbridge Island Library Librarian
What an amazing year its been, thanks (to Currents) for providing such a wonderful resource!Julia Myrick, IslandWood Philanthropy Coordinator
Thank you. . . . Received Currents Online e-blast. So good. Sent a link to my granddaughter, to the virtual orchestra, “What the world needs now.” Sue Haugan, Bainbridge Island Resident
Congratulations Currents OnlineSteve Tremble, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts (BAC) Executive Director
Congrats and Happy One-Year Anniversary to Currents Online! We’re so grateful for this community resource!Jessica Henderson, Bainbridge Artisan Network Program (BARN) Program Manager
…thanks so much for keeping your efforts going during the shutdown. I’m sure you are brightening a lot of days!John Willson, Eagle Harbor Books
AHB would like to thank our partners and sponsors: Visit Bainbridge, Destination Bainbridge, Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, 2atara, BISD, BI Parent Teacher Organizations, BAC, BARN. Thank you to all our advertisers, and grantors: COBI, BCF, ArtsWa, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, NEA.
We’d also like to thank AHB board members (a special thanks to Gigi Godfrey for the art auction and Stephanie Reese for the virtual concerts); AHB Advisory & Associate Boards; Public Art Committee; teaching artists; volunteers such as Hannah Myrick; our videographers Mike Seidl and Ron Stewart; our editorial board including our meticulous editor, Julie Stipe; and our amazing contributing writers – Bill Baran-Mickle and Michael Lisagor.
Our deepest gratitude is to you Bainbridge Island. Anytime you’ve clicked on one of our articles, subscribed to an e-blast, written a comment, forwarded an e-blast to a friend, donated to AHB, shared your profile or artwork or events — we thank you. You have made this possible.
“So we say, Thank you for music.”
INEZ MAUBANE JONES – Staff Writer for Currents and member of Currents Editorial Board