Farewell 2020

Letter from Danny.

Dear Sylvia Patrons,

I’ve missed you all this year, my Friday nights just haven’t been the same without seeing all your faces while I’m serving bar or taking tickets. Any other year I’d be reaching out to offer you the chance to make last minute plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve with us, but 2020 hasn’t been any other year. And while we aren’t able to host our usual NYE party, I wanted to thank you for being here with us and hanging on until we’re able to fill those seats and light up the stage once again.

It feels like lifetime ago I was in a board meeting debating whether or not it was safe or responsible to continue our run of the Volsung Saga, and while the pandemic ultimately made that decision for us and our doors have been closed to the public since, that hasn’t stopped us.

If you’ve checked out any of the content Shu or the team put up through the Whatcom Arts Project (https://www.facebook.com/whatcomartsproject), thank you.

If you tuned in to our livestream of Endgame, thank you. We had people tune in to see us from all over the world and we want to continue to live stream and broadcast our shows so people don’t have to miss out, quarantine or not.

If you’ve donated so we can pay rent and keep that stage light lit while we weather the pandemic, thank you. Venues like ours have been some of the hardest hit by lockdowns and restrictions on gathering due to COVID-19 because gathering for a shared community experience is kind of what we’re all about.

The transition to live-streaming is slow, we’re raising funds to get professional quality camera and sound equipment, and we still have other projects working their way down the pipeline. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about our next show by iDiOM Playwright in Residence Rosalind Reynolds, Julian the Humble.

So cheers to a new year, we can’t wait to bring you all kinds of new content, old favorites and fresh interpretations.

See you in 2021,


Events Chair, Sylvia Center for the Arts Board Member

Sylvia Center has been closed for live performances for nearly ten months. It has largely been donations from local patrons that have allowed us to make it through 2020. We have big plans for 2021 and hope for brighter days ahead.

The world we want to live in is not going to be handed to us. It’s up to us to create it, and keep creating.

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Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect Street, Bellingham WA 98225

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Stay tuned for more news on upcoming livestreams, auditions, new programs, and new plans for our spaces.

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We miss having you all in the space and all the things live theater brings to life. We’re incredibly grateful for all the moments we’ve been able to share on the stage. Until the day we are able to welcome our community back in the space, we’ll be creating theater for live-stream performances, developing new programs that focus on expanding diversity and amplifying BIPOC voices and creating opportunities to share stories in other languages on our stages.

Thanks to all who have supported our work. Please consider making a gift to Sylvia Center for the Arts this #GivingTuesday and help us keep the lights on.


Boring tax stuff: Sylvia Center for the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, formerly known as iDiOM Theater. Our state UBI number is 602-888-933, our state charity registration number is 29775, and our federal tax ID number is 37-1578059.