A new home for
Whatcom County’s
performing arts!

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 the center in this video for our 2018 capital 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!


Sun, February 23 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm | Guest Event

The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love

Are you a nice person who just wants to meet another nice person? This event is for you!

Musician Phil Parisot at the drum kit
Wed, February 26 @ 7:00 pm | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Phil Parisot Trio: Odds and Ends

Come enjoy this remarkable trio playing an evening of music primarily in odd time signatures. Featuring Phil Parisot on drums, Jared Hall on trumpet, and Michael Glynn on bass.

Musician Kris Delmhorst
Thu, February 27 @ 7:30 pm | Guest Show

In Concert: Kris Delmhorst

Kris Delmhorst is an American songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist. She has released six full length records on the respected indie label Signature Sounds, as well as a panoply of EPs, side projects, and collaborations.

Thu, February 27 @ 8:00 pm | Guest Show

Typhoon of Tenderness, by Dennis McSorley

Master Vermont storyteller/monologist (by way of Queens, NY) Dennis McSorley’s new work Typhoon Of Tenderness traces a life from brightness and success to despair and darkness. Dennis will take you on a journey he knows all too well. Musician Steve Goldberg’s sound score adds to the mood and emotions traced.

Sat, February 29 @ 7:30 pm | iDiOM Theater


SERIAL KILLERS is an annual, five-weekend tournament of serial plays, with multiple teams competing for the audience’s mercy (and cash prizes). Participating teams all perform a new episode of their five-part serial play each weekend, and the audience “votes off” teams each weekend until the Week Five finale, when a winner is crowned!

Sun, March 1 @ 7:00 pm | Guest Show

Modern Fingerstyle Guitar, featuring Calum Graham & Sean Hall

An evening of modern fingerstyle guitar featuring Calum Graham (Toronto, ON) & Sean Hall (Bellingham, WA).

Fri, March 13 @ 7:30 pm | iDiOM Theater

The Saga of the Völsungs

iDiOM Theater brings a brand-new three-play adaptation of the Norse epic The Saga of the Völsungs to the stage at Sylvia Center for the Arts! Odin, dragons, a cursed ring, werewolves, a divine sword that only a worthy warrior can pull from where it has been thrust… all inhabit this legendary tale of a line of Viking kings through the generations.

Thu, April 9 @ 7:30 pm | Bellingham TheatreWorks

JUST ONCE, by Mark Kuntz

Bellingham TheatreWorks presents a world-premiere drama of office politics and intrigue, written by BTW Artistic Director Mark Kuntz.

Sat, April 25 @ 7:00 pm | Guest Event

Erin Corday Album Release Show

Join us for the kick-off of the long-awaited album release tour for Erin Corday’s breathtaking fifth album Where The Body Is — finished almost 9 years ago and just now being released this year to the U.S. and abroad.

Thu, May 7 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm | iDiOM Theater

I AND YOU, by Lauren Gunderson

“…a validation of the human experience, and of the triumph of life over death. Gunderson’s gift is the best thing a play can offer: we might be better people after seeing it.” The final entry in our 2019–20 Lauren Gunderson Series is a full stage production directed by WWU’s Rich Brown.


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