A new home for
Whatcom County’s
performing arts


Sylvia Center is a new performing arts center in Bellingham, Washington. We provide affordable space for Whatcom County’s artists to rehearse, teach and perform, while also creating a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy locally-created music, theater, and dance.

Learn more about our project in this video for our recently concluded Kickstarter campaign:

With your support, our Kickstarter campaign raised over $70,000 from nearly 600 backers in spring 2018 to help us open our ground floor facilities: a 150-seat main stage venue, the Lucas Hicks Theater; a 65-seat studio theater/rehearsal space; our entry lobby, which doubles as art gallery, box office, and bar; a second gallery/hang space; and new accessible restrooms.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us — your gift will help us continue construction and programming at the new arts center: donate today to help create a new home for locally-created performing arts in Whatcom County!


WJMAC Season Closer: Adam Thomas | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, June 27 @ 7:30 pm

Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center’s weekly Wednesday night concert series in the Sylvia Center Studio Theater brings the best local, regional, and national jazz musicians to Northwest Washington.

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Thu, June 28 @ 7:30 pm

iDiOM Theater proudly presents our second annual summer season of FREE theater in Maritime Heritage Park!

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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, by Anne Washburn | iDiOM Theater

Thu, June 28 @ 7:30 pm

FREE outdoor performances in the amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park. After the collapse of society, humanity’s survivors retell an episode of The Simpsons and other snippets of pop culture, forming the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

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SPECIAL RECEPTION for MR. BURNS, a post-electric play | iDiOM Theater

Fri, June 29 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Please join us at Sylvia Center for the opening reception for MR. BURNS, a post-electric play, sponsored by Community Food Co-op! Your attendance at this event supports our program of FREE summer shows in Maritime Heritage Park: the Open Air Summer Rep!

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The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov – sponsored by Mallard Ice Cream | iDiOM Theater

Sat, June 30 @ 7:30 pm

FREE outdoor performances in the amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park. When a famous actress and her entourage of family, staff, and admirers take up residence at her lakeside summer estate, they become entangled in the pursuit of attention and unconditional love.

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Momentum Improvisation Lab – Summer Session | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, August 7 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

An eight-week improvisation class focused on scene-work and stagecraft, for those with basic improv experience. Taught by Oona Cava.

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