A new home for
SYLVIA CENTER FOR THE 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!
Mike Allen Quartet, featuring Miles Black | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
Vancouver jazz masters Allen and Black have played together in various configurations for over twenty years—it is sheer delight to hear them together. The evening promises to be distinctive and memorable.Learn more >
Halfway to Subdued – Art Show Opening Reception | Subdued Stringband Jamboree
San Francisco artist Ann Cohen made twelve live paintings at the 2018 Subdued String Band Jamboree. A reception will be held Feb 1 to show the paintings, with live music, cash bar, and silent auction.Learn more >
Community Concert: Frankie Gavin, Master Irish Fiddler | Bellingham Folk School
Frankie has been playing fiddle and flute since his teenage years. At the age of 17, he won two all-Ireland competitions, for fiddle and flute. The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan, the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s.Learn more >
Serial Killers 2.0 | iDiOM Theater
An annual, five-weekend tournament of serial plays, with multiple teams competing for the audience’s mercy (and a cash prize). Participating teams all perform a new episode of their five-part serial play each weekend, and the audience “votes off” a team each week until a winner is crowned at the finale on March 1st.Learn more >
200 Trio | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
Based out of Seattle, this trio met while studying at Berklee College of Music; they continue to honor the masters of the jazz tradition while “…constantly striving to write the next chapter in the lineage.” Come hear what they’re up to!Learn more >
VOX & Friends: Uncorked! A Musical Cabaret | Vox Pacifica
Bellingham’s newest women’s choir will be joined by several local guest singers for a lively evening of musical cabaret, featuring performances of favorite show tunes, ensemble pieces, solos, duets, and more!Learn more >
Community Concert: Genticorum | Bellingham Folk School
Over the past 18 years, Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad and folk music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s Western folk cultures into their music.Learn more >
Nick Biello and the Vagabond Sextet, with Charlie Porter and David Marriott | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
“This acorn seems to have dropped from something other than the traditional alto tree. Biello goes his own way, and has the chops to back it up. The result is an individual, identifiable sound of his own, something close to unattainable at this point of the jazz lineage.” – Paul Rauch, AllAboutJazz.comLearn more >
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