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!


Intermediate Improv: Games & Scenes | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, March 19 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

Intermediate class focusing on short form games, with an emphasis on staying in the moment, being connected to your partners and having fun. Basic improv or acting experience required. Eight week class, taught by Oona Cava.

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Community Concert: Ímar | Bellingham Folk School

Tue, March 19 @ 7:00 pm

A new Glasgow, Scotland-based five-piece folk group, which includes an outstanding array of talent with members from some bands that are household names, including Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground.

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Milo Petersen Quartet | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, March 20 @ 7:00 pm

We are delighted to present Seattle guitarist, drummer, composer and educator Milo Petersen, who has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians, including recording two albums with legendary drummer Elvin Jones.

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Dyo Festival: ONE FOOT, a play by Lojo Simon | iDiOM Theater

Thu, March 21 @ 7:30 pm

Our five-weekend celebration of two-actor performances continues with One Foot, “a beautiful story of love and loss, and what it means to be complete,” written by playwright Lojo Simon (Adoration of Dora, produced at iDiOM Theater in 2015).

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Dyo Festival: THE LOVER and THE DUMB WAITER, two plays by Harold Pinter | iDiOM Theater

Thu, March 21 @ 7:30 pm

Our five-weekend celebration of two-actor performances continues and concludes with two of the early one-acts by Harold Pinter that helped to broaden the course of theatrical expression in the middle of the twentieth century, and still pack the same punch as when first written.

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Jared Hall Quartet, featuring Tal Cohen | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, March 27 @ 7:00 pm

Trumpeter Jared Hall returns to WJMAC with pianist Tal Cohen, whose unique musical style owes its roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played in his formative years growing up in Gedera, Israel. Cohen was the 2015 winner of the Freedman Fellowship Award and in 2014 won the Barry Harris Piano Competition in the US.

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