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!


Tue, November 19 @ 7:00 pm | Chuckanut Radio Hour

Chuckanut Radio Hour, with guest author Rachel Lynn Solomon

Sylvia Center for the Arts is excited to host the November 2019 taping of Chuckanut Radio Hour! Launched in 2007, Village Books’ Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show that includes live music, poetry, more than a little humor, and a featured guest author.

Wed, November 20 @ 7:00 pm | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Clave Gringa

Musician, composer and educator Ann Reynolds leads her all-star quartet through original and classic Cuban jazz tunes, from the charm of cha-cha to the depths of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Seattle based, world focused Clave Gringa consistently delights their audience.

Thu, November 21 @ 7:30 pm | iDiOM Theater


Set in an English country house, Alan Ayckbourn’s “cryingly funny” trilogy of plays follows six characters during a disastrously hilarious weekend of eating, drinking and miscommunication, exploring the disappointments bubbling beneath the surface as their dreams of love and fulfillment go awry.

Sun, November 24 @ 2:00 pm4:00 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!

Thu, December 5 @ 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.

Sun, December 22 @ 7:00 pm | Robt 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.


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