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!


Thu, December 12 @ 7:30 pm | iDiOM Theater


This December, we present iDiOM Theater’s now-traditional but uniquely quirky rendition of A Christmas Carol, which puts the novel’s original text into an unexpected setting in an attempt to make peace with Christmas, Charles Dickens, the British Empire, ham, and the world at large.

Sat, December 14 @ 10:00 am6:00 pm | iDiOM Theater

iDiOM Theater Winter Auditions

Auditions by appointment, casting multiple shows Winter/Spring 2020 shows, including Serial Killers, Davis by Dinah Lankerovich, and The Volsüng Saga by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao

Thu, December 19 @ 7:30 pm | Firefly Productions

The Holidays (Some Assembly Required)

Take a break from the stress of the holidays, and join the likes of Captain Christmas, Pere Noel, Nice Cop Naughty Cop, and The Four Wise Men, as they open up a “hohoho” can of holiday fun, in this comedic collection of short festive tales from Firefly Productions.

Sun, December 22 @ 7:00 pm | Robert Sarazin Blake

Robert Sarazin Blake’s A Very Subdued Christmas

An Annual Tradition: local musician Robert Sarazin Blake presents a collection of songs and stories that have something to do with the holiday season, including a rendition of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

Tue, December 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm1:00 am | Sylvia Center for the Arts

New Year’s Eve Soirée 2019: Alice in Boogie Wonderland!

Sylvia Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year is also Bellingham’s only New Year’s Eve pop-up disco! DJs are bringing the vinyl. Bellingham’s Black Water band is bringing the soul and funk. We are bringing the Alice in Wonderland-themed cocktails, flash mobs, puns, and spectacle, guilty pleasure raffle, silent auction, noshables, and complimentary champagne toast.


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