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!


Sat, April 25 @ 7:00 pm | Guest Event

Erin Corday Album Release Show

Join us for the kick-off of the long-awaited album release tour for Erin Corday’s breathtaking fifth album Where The Body Is — finished almost 9 years ago and just now being released this year to the U.S. and abroad.

Thu, May 7 @ 7:30 pm | iDiOM Theater

I AND YOU, by Lauren Gunderson

“…a validation of the human experience, and of the triumph of life over death. Gunderson’s gift is the best thing a play can offer: we might be better people after seeing it.” The final entry in our 2019–20 Lauren Gunderson Series is a full stage production directed by WWU’s Rich Brown.


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