Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) connects people with information, ideas and community. WCLS circulates more than 2 million items annually through 10 branches, the bookmobile, and a Library Express location on Northwest Drive.
Fiercely independent and downright neighborly, Pickford Film Center offers an authentic, rich and uniquely Bellingham experience in a casual and friendly environment. Dedicated to showing the best in independent, foreign and documentary films, PFC programming brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate the joy of the moving image.
The exhibition features a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures that spans David Syre’s artistic career so far, from one of his first works to the most recent large-scale canvases that show a complex mastery of painting techniques and visual translation of spiritual, personal and collective experiences.
The Western Gallery provides diverse experiences in the visual arts for its constituencies, encompassing the University community and region while providing a point of reference to the national and international art scene.
Deb McCunn opened Baker Creek Ceramic Studio in 2010 to offer quality classes and studio space for artists and students to improve their craft, develop innovative techniques and nurture their creativity to design and form high quality ceramic art.
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!
Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. It is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Bellingham and Whatcom County and our community partner, Village Books.
Bellingham Film was created on 2012 to bring the film community together in an effort to grow our local film industry. The film community of Bellingham and the surrounding area has grown dramatically since our start. With only a few production companies, we now represent a flourishing industry with a wide selection of production companies and DIY filmmakers.
The Jansen Art Center creates opportunities for the community to engage in the arts. Exhibits and classes rotate seasonally, with new programs starting every three months. Whether it’s ceramics, dance, painting, jewelry, music, textiles, gallery exhibits or live performances, there is something for everyone at the J. Image credit: Randy Fleming
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.
Dedicated to the arts in our region by empowering local artists through organized festivals and events, enriching our local school children through educational outreach programs, and working as a liaison to art enthusiasts of all ages
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!
The Lightcatcher hosts a rotating schedule of art exhibitions throughout the year and houses the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) and Museum Store.
The community-based Whatcom Symphony Orchestra performs music of all ages for all ages in six concerts per season at the Mount Baker Theatre, featuring local musicians as well as nationally- & internationally-renowned guest artists. Tickets via the Mount Baker Theatre.
CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival presents an annual, four-day film festival in April dedicated to showcasing the exceptional films directed by women. The festival screens films, hosts educational panel discussions and Q&A sessions with directors and film industry professionals, presents a Script Studio and stages social events where filmmakers and audience members network. Other events during the year include a summer outdoor short film night.
The Whatcom Museum, located in the heart of downtown Bellingham’s cultural district, offers a rich variety of programs and exhibitions about art, nature, and Northwest history. Home to the Whatcom Museum since 1941, Old City Hall features history exhibits and the John M. Edson Hall of Birds.
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.
Sylvia Center is a 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.