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!


48-Hr Theater Festival #51 | iDiOM Theater

Fri, January 25 @ 7:30 pm

Twelve brand new short plays, all written, rehearsed and performed in one weekend: page to stage in 24 hours, twice!

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Mike Allen Quartet, featuring Miles Black | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, January 30 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Halfway to Subdued – Art Show Opening Reception | Subdued Stringband Jamboree

Fri, February 1 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

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.

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Community Concert: Frankie Gavin, Master Irish Fiddler | Bellingham Folk School

Fri, February 1 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Serial Killers 2.0 | iDiOM Theater

Fri, February 1 @ 7:30 pm

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.

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200 Trio | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, February 6 @ 7:00 pm

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!

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VOX & Friends: Uncorked! A Musical Cabaret | Vox Pacifica

Sat, February 9 @ 7:00 pm

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!

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Winter 2019 Recitals | Bellinghome School of Music

Sun, February 10 @ 1:00 pm3:30 pm

A chance to see what students at Bellinghome School of Music have been working on the past few months. More info soon at http://www.bellinghomeschoolofmusic.com

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Community Concert: Genticorum | Bellingham Folk School

Tue, February 12 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Nick Biello and the Vagabond Sextet, with Charlie Porter and David Marriott | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, February 13 @ 7:00 pm

“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.com

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