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!


The Emmet Cohen Trio | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, November 14 @ 7:00 pm

Emmet Cohen is known as “one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music…” who Christian McBride hails as “…one of the most dynamic young musicians on the scene today.” He has won national and international competitions, but more importantly, he travels the world sharing his remarkable range and exacting artistry, playing with what Daniel Kushner of Rochester City Newspaper calls, “striking and effusive elegance.”

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WAITING FOR GODOT, by Samuel Beckett | iDiOM Theater

Thu, November 15 @ 7:30 pm

The second Main Stage Production in iDiOM Theater’s 2018–19 Season is Waiting for Godot, the 1953 play by Samuel Beckett considered the masterpiece of existentialism, which explores the fultility of man’s hope, to absurd results.

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FOUR PAIR: an evening of duets | Mike Mathieu & Friends

Sun, November 18 @ 7:00 pm

Community Concert: Mike Mathieu and friends present an evening of musical duets in Sylvia Center’s intimate Studio Theater.

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Best of Brass Monkey | iDiOM Theater

Fri, November 30 @ 9:00 pm

Seven ten-minute comedies by local playwrights make for a fun and eclectic evening of theater. Audience favorites from seven evenings of our Brass Monkey Theater Club cold reading series come back to life, fully staged, for two nights only. Expect things to be weird…

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A Very Subdued Christmas | Robt Sarazin Blake

Sun, December 23 @ 6:00 pm

With special guest Grace Gouran, Robt Sarazin Blake reprises this collection of songs and stories all having something to do with the holiday season, including a recitation of Dylan Thomas’ prose piece, A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

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

Fri, February 1, 2019 @ 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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Community Concert: Genticorum | Bellingham Folk School

Tue, February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Over the past 18 years the trad Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music.

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Community Concert: Ímar | Bellingham Folk School

Tue, March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 19th Ímar – Trad Power Quintet from Glasgow Sylvia Center for the Arts – Lucas Hicks Theater Doors at 6:30pm, Music at 7pm General $20, Students and Seniors $15 Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3809892 FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/724503367910206/ Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, five-piece Ímar have created more than a bit of a stir in little over a year since …

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