Whatcom Arts Project

Bellingham and Whatcom County deeply value togetherness. To achieve that goal, more than 30 performing and visual arts organizations have collaborated to form the Whatcom Arts Project -- a campaign to inform, entertain, educate, inspire, collaborate, support, promote, and uplift each other daily.

This collective fundraiser asks individuals to choose 5 Whatcom County arts organizations and donate $50 to each for a total donation of $250. This show of support, of unity, of love for the entire art community is aptly titled We heART commUNITY. 

We are banding together for the betterment of our community and also to keep the local arts alive! Learn with us, dance with us, sing with us, be creative with us.

Visit Facebook: Whatcom Arts Project for performances, classes, narratives, interactive tours and other arts experiences all online. 

Love a good origin story? Folks from all across our Whatcom County arts community are sharing the sometimes sordid, always entertaining stories of "The First Time I Arted!" New videos posted to YouTube, if you need some inspiration and a smile! Or you can check out #whatcomartsproject, #firsttimeARTing, #ARTingwhatcom, or #BellinghamExperience on social media.

The beautiful mural art in our header is by local artist Gretchen Leggitt. From designs like this mural on the wall outside the Horseshoe Cafe to the largest mural in Washington State located on Puget Sound Energy’s building that spans the length of two football fields, Gretchen is leaving her mark on Bellingham and Washington State. Get to know her in this video:

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        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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