Arts organizations are a vital thread in the fabric of Bellingham and Whatcom County. As the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, these performance spaces, galleries and events were in the middle of their busy seasons and had to abruptly shut down. Within days, numerous entities banded together for moral support and created the Whatcom Arts Project to continue their seasons online. Our arts venues united in their desire to uplift our community. Now we, the community, have an opportunity to uplift our arts venues.
A new collective fundraiser asks individuals to choose 5 Whatcom County arts organizations and donate $50 to each for a total donation of $250. This plea to support unity and show love to the entire art community is aptly titled We heART commUNITY.
We heART commUNITY
Participation is easy. Click on the We heART commUNITY Donation Form and choose 5 of the 14 arts organizations listed below. Donations will be collected by Allied Arts of Whatcom County and automatically remitted to the arts venues of choice.
To further show your love for our local arts, the first 100 donors to the campaign will receive a commemorative We heART commUNITY tote bag designed by Riley Currie and manufactured locally by Red Boots Design.
Choose at least 5 of these Arts Venues
For 40 years, Allied Arts of Whatcom County has been a leader in fostering and supporting the local arts scene and serves more than 50,000 people annually. Allied Arts has improved the cultural health and vitality of our community through a variety of events involving visual artists and musicians, its sponsorship of exhibits and programs focused on local artists, its extensive arts education in local schools and its public advocacy for the arts.
Currently, Allied Arts is focused on developing and increasing collaborative relationships with local and regional organizations serving Whatcom County.
BAAY Theatre is bringing creative writing classes, costume classes and new creative community activities right to you. Join in the celebration of imagination!
Founded in 2006, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization that offers quality instruction in theater, choir, dance, music, and visual arts to youth ages 3-17. The mission of BAAY is to enrich children’s lives through the exploration of the arts. Through BAAY’s programs, they create community and teach children confidence, character, and creativity.
Bellingham Repertory Dance (BRD) is a professional contemporary dance collective that began with its first fall performance in 2006, and is now producing two full-length concerts annually. Visit their website to check out their monthly artist spotlight!
BRD has provided educational opportunities by offering weekly dance technique classes, quarterly masterclasses with guest artists, annual youth outreach programs and rehearsals open for public viewing. To date, the company has worked with many regionally and nationally recognized choreographers and hopes to continue to bring great dance works to local and new audiences of contemporary dance.
Since the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra can’t perform at the concert hall, they have decided to share the music straight from their homes to yours. Each week, the BSO posts Learn At Home! activities and At Home with the BSO performances on their website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project. Watch this video to learn more about the BSO.
Bellingham Theatre Guild, established in 1929, is a volunteer organization whose mission is to create theatrical experiences for everyone. BTG welcomes all that are willing to do the work: set builders, painters, actors, costumers, makeup artists, tickets, hospitality folks, greeters, ushers, house managers, trustees, officers, publicity folks.
When this public health emergency ends, BTG will resume performances for the public monthly orientations for those interested in volunteering here.
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CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival is an award-winning multi-day annual curated film festival that showcases and celebrates exceptional films directed by women from around the world. In addition to screening the films, CASCADIA stages social and networking events, workshops, industry panels, educational forums and more during the festival.
We endeavor to create understanding & change perceptions across cultural differences, share history, and educate others. The Children of the Setting Sun Productions Inc., is dedicated to marketing Native American themed performance arts, as well as making the culture & the history of Native American people accessible. Drawing upon long family traditions, Children of the Setting Sun Productions Inc., is a multi-media, film, and theater arts production company specializing in Coast Salish storytelling. By utilizing both traditional and modern art mediums, Setting Sun embraces the instructions left by the great grandfather to keep the family culture alive.
The J’s historic building in downtown Lynden is home to 6 creative art studios, a 110 seat performance hall, 2 floors of exhibit space, the Firehall Cafe and Gallery Shop. The J provides participants with opportunities and encouragement to find their own creativity in a collaborative setting.
Jazz Center of Bellingham enriches and inspires our community through jazz, a celebration of humanity! We can’t wait to be with you again with live classes and concerts from our home in the Sylvia Center. Until then…on Mondays our Education Program faculty members offer video lessons and masterclasses for musicians in topics such as improvising, theory, and tune interpretation. On Wednesdays we share recordings from our concert series. Enjoy! The Jazz Center, a proud 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and education organization, is delighted to be a part of the Whatcom Arts Project.
Make.Shift is a DIY art space, with four different arms of programming: we’re an art gallery, community radio station (94.9 KZAX), all-ages music venue, and we rent art studios and band practice spaces. And for everything that happens in-house, our policy is ‘no booze, no drugs, no jerks.’ Although lately, not much is happening in house but have no fear! Our Gallery has gone virtual and our KZAX broadcasters are still bringing you local tunes & talk.
The Mount Baker Theatre ignites the imagination of audiences of all ages by presenting national tours and regional acts to audiences from throughout the North Puget Sound region. The Theatre, beautifully restored to its original splendor, anchors the arts district, acts as a community gathering space, and provides economic impact through tourism.
Along with 150 other independent cinemas across the country, Pickford Film Center has suspended its physical programming, but they’re still very much in the business of bringing you new movies!
Check out www.pickfordfilmcenter.org for new releases that you can stream from the comfort of your own home, knowing that up to 100% of your ticket price goes back to support the Pickford. In addition, the Pickford staff is curating a variety of film recommendation lists, keeping the spirit of their original genre Film Series alive through mailing lists and the Pickford website and pursuing other creative ways to continue Pickford’s education outreach and engage with our community and film.
Sylvia Center for the Arts was founded with the mission to provide an affordable venue for performing arts in Whatcom County. Each season offers a dizzying array of productions from both our in-house production company, iDiOM Theater (including many performances that are free to the public), and other local organizations dedicated to creating world-class performing arts right here in Northwest Washington. We work to bring down barriers to arts education by offering scholarships for youth and adult classes.
While we create art for the community, we create community around art. Sylvia Center nurtures a diverse and inclusive community of artists, volunteers, spectators, and supporters. We offer a space where emerging artists can take risks, and bring new works to light.
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.
Whatcom Art Guild is a non-profit organization, open to all, dedicated to advancing and promoting the visual arts in Whatcom County. It is the oldest continually operating art group in the county. The Guild sponsors two major fine art and/or craft shows annually. Also, spaces are available to members in local businesses to show and sell their work. The Guild sponsors workshops and other activities, including gallery visits, throughout the year. In addition, it cooperates with other art and craft organizations that are interested in promoting local artists and crafters.