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!


Bill Anschell Trio | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, April 24 @ 7:00 pm

WJMAC is delighted to welcome back composer, performer, recording artist, multiple-award winner, and writer Bill Anschell. Any and every time Anschell plays here is a special, memorable evening.

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UNSTABLE BY DESIGN, by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | iDiOM Theater

Thu, April 25 @ 7:30 pm

An unrelenting comedy that is also about sad things and mental health but also is funny, following the manic mind of Alyssa, an ad-writing intern and her hallucinated historical companions (including Charles Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Andy Warhol, and Queen Boudica).

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Birch Pereira and The Gin Joints | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, May 1 @ 7:00 pm

Their first album, Dream Man, won Earshot Jazz Society’s ‘Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year’ and Birch has been nominated as ‘Vocalist of the Year’ twice. This band dares to play every style of mid-20th century American music, from swing to Americana to blues to jazz, soul and vintage rock ‘n’ roll.

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Orlando, by Sarah Ruhl | iDiOM Theater

Thu, May 2 @ 7:30 pm

We proudly present the Bellingham premiere of Orlando, Sarah Ruhl’s epic, full-length adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel. A man named Orlando lives life to the fullest through three centuries, and, after a long sleep, becomes a woman. A romp through the ages, a meditation on time, gender, and sexuality, Orlando has been called “the longest and most charming love letter in literature.”

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Art for Housing: Lydia Place Benefit, featuring performance of ORLANDO | Lydia Place

Fri, May 3 @ 5:30 pm9:00 pm

Lydia Place’s first ever Art for Housing fundraiser celebrates art and community with a live theater performance of Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, delicious food and drinks from Bellingham Cider Company, and a silent art auction benefiting Lydia Place’s mission of ending homelessness in our community.

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ALL IN THE TIMING: Benefit for Youth Acting Program | iDiOM Theater

Fri, May 24 @ 7:30 pm

David Ives’ critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies, combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. A special, two-night-only production benefiting Sylvia Center’s Summer Youth Acting Program.

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