The Bellevue Arts Museum will reopen June 18, trustees announced this afternoon.

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The Bellevue Arts Museum will reopen June 18, trustees announced this afternoon.


The downtown museum closed 18 months ago amid a financial and artistic crisis, and officials have been working ever since to raise the necessary $3 million to reopen it.


So far, $2 million has been raised, and an additional matching grant of $500,000 has been offered, according to Michael Monroe, the museum’s executive director and chief curator.


Officials said today they are confident that the finances needed to support a recent interior renovation and new programs will fall into place.


“Our leadership has strong indications that donors will come forward when the new Bellevue Arts Museum opens its doors,” said Museum Board Chair Angela Sutter.


The reopening already has been delayed twice because of a lack of funding, once last summer and then again in October.


The museum has altered its mission since its closure, returning to its roots as a showplace for craft and design. A new exhibition schedule has been developed and will include, among the first offerings, “The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection,” showcasing teapots from around the world.


The museum’s doors were closed in September 2003. The museum was running out of money and faced low attendance after moving to a new $23 million building in downtown Bellevue in 2001.


Natalie Singer: 206-464-2704 or nsinger@seattletimes.com