March 25, 2021

Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao
Sylvia Center for the Arts
360.305.3524 ext.2

“Sylvia Rising” GoFundMe Campaign

The Sylvia Center for the Arts (Sylvia Center) is raising funds to help expand and sustain the arts community in Whatcom County by implementing the following through the “Sylvia Rising” fundraiser.

  • Develop new programs aimed at increasing diversity and equity in the arts.
  • Open a Coffee Shop in the space to bring in consistent revenue and create another space for community and performance.
  • Hire staff to support our mission.

The fundraiser began on March 19, 2021 and within the first four days achieved 25% of their $50,000 goal. Their goal is to reach $50,000 in donations by April 18, 2021, thirty days after launching the campaign, so they can begin to build, hire, and create.

The Sylvia Center has survived the pandemic through the community’s support, live-streaming performances, and sheer tenacity. But, like many nonprofits, is feeling the repercussions of not having community members in their space.

By donating or sharing the campaign, you are helping the Sylvia Center rise up and return in a stronger place to fulfill their mission in the brighter days ahead.

More details are available on the “Sylvia Rising” GoFundMe:

About Sylvia Center for the Arts: Sylvia Center for the Arts focuses on providing affordable spaces for Whatcom County’s artists to rehearse, teach, and perform. The Center located at 207 Prospect St. Bellingham, WA, is a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy locally-created music, theater, dance, and more.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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