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!


Champian Fulton and Cory Weeds | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, February 20 @ 7:00 pm

Fulton is “an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence,” according to The New Yorker. She “moves effortlessly and vividly from delight, to wistfulness, to wounded angst in a matter of seconds and makes it seem completely natural, the work of a deep and insightful individual and a rare force on both the keys and the mic.

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Serial Killers 2.0 | iDiOM Theater

Fri, February 22 @ 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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Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst Quartet | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, February 27 @ 7:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome exquisite Vancouver musicians, educators, and clinicians Scott and Worst, who are at home on any stage, having played with Chet Baker, David Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Ed Johnson, Ernestine Anderson, and many others.

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Dyo Festival: Breaking Bread | iDiOM Theater

Thu, February 28 @ 7:30 pm

The February 2019 edition of our bimonthly storytelling anthology features a night of stories each told by two performers, kicking off the δύο Festival, a five-weekend celebration of two-actor performances!

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FAME! Gail Pettis and Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers in Concert | Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers

Sat, March 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers perform with special guest Gail Pettis, jazz vocalist. A native of Kentucky, currently based in Seattle, Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine.

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Dyo Festival: Brass Monkey Theater Club | iDiOM Theater

Sat, March 2 @ 9:00 pm

This month’s edition of our bimonthly ‘cold reading’ series features a night of short plays all written for two actors, in conjunction with the δύο Festival, a five-weekend celebration of two-actor performances!

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Dmitri Matheny Group | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, March 6 @ 7:00 pm

Matheny is best known for his “understated, masterful technique and evident joy” (JazzNews). A protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny is a national and international touring and recording artist, educator, and winner of numerous regional and national awards, who delights audiences with his impeccable technique and exquisite lyricism.

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Dyo Festival: 48hr Theater Fest #52 | iDiOM Theater

Fri, March 8 @ 7:30 pm

This edition of ‘the 48’—our regular ‘page to stage in 24 hours, twice’ festival of short plays—features two nights of short plays all written for two actors, in conjunction with the δύο Festival, a five-weekend celebration of two-actor performances!

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Kate Olson and the KO Ensemble | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, March 13 @ 7:00 pm

We’re excited to welcome Kate Olson and her K.O. Ensemble to WJMAC for the first time. This Seattle soprano sax sensation has toured internationally and has played with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, and Skerik, as well as and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

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

Thu, March 14 @ 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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