Arts Monthly
April 2019
There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.

-William Cullen Bryant
Something RARE is happening!
Click the image to see a full schedule of all the creative, recycled, upcycled and repurposed goodness happening next weekend!
Join us this summer! Whatcom County Cultural Arts Festival
Due Monday, April 15, 2019
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is looking to work with cultural organizations, groups and artists highlighting their own culture and heritage throughout Whatcom County on a two-day Cultural Arts Festival to take place in Fairhaven, June 28 & 29, 2019.

The Call for Proposals is available now at and is due by April 15, 2019.

All groups are encouraged to apply. We hope to find Activities and events that focus on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County with the goal of promoting cultural diversity.

The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. It will be a collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/ Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Native Arts Collective, Whatcom Artist Guild and more.

The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances with Fairhaven businesses hosting specials and activities throughout Fairhaven. 
Its not too early to start thinking about the holidays!
Due Thursday, April 25, 2019

Ok, it might be, but not when you're planning the largest and longest running holiday arts market in the area, you gotta start planning early! Last year, we sold over 26,000 handmade objects during the festival, so we also want to get all you artists signed up so you can start preparing.

The twofold purpose of our festivals is to encourage and support the creation and sale of locally produced fine art and craft while providing an opportunity to connect artists and craftspeople with the general public. This juried festival pursues top quality original arts and crafts and seeks excellence in presentation. Festival proceeds support the visual arts in the region through Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s general and educational programs, community arts events, gallery shows, and artist resources.

The Holiday Festival of the Arts is an indoor, 5 week-long festival featuring 100 artisans from our region. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music, workshops for children, artists demonstrating their craft, and even visits from Santa.

We encourage all artists of any level or medium to apply for the Holiday Festival. Applications can be filled out online at or are available in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Downtown Bellingham. The deadline for applications is 5pm, April 25, 2019!

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or 
The arts help to strengthen our communities.
Allied Arts would appreciate support for our application for the Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival- which is a two day festival celebrating the diversity of our region. 

The Whatcom Community Foundation is reviewing their Project Neighborly Grants for 2019 and is asking from help from the community. This year, they have had over 50 proposals totaling over $210,000, but only have a pool of $75,000 to allocate. There are terrific ideas and most of them incorporate artistic component in helping to create community throughout Whatcom County.  

Please take a few minutes to look over the proposals and give them your feedback or even better a donation! 

Step 1: Click here to access our online grants catalog: 

Step 2: Scroll down to read about the 54 different ideas that have been submitted to spread neighborliness. 

Step 3: After reviewing the projects, hit the “Donate” button to contribute to the projects that you want to support. 
Lordy Lordy Look Who's Forty
We are! And we are looking for ideas of ways to celebrate! Have a great idea for the best way to celebrate 40 years in this creative community? Just want to help out? Email
Call for Artists: B Gallery Art Exhibition: Criminalization of the Body - Life, Law and Liberation
The 15th annual Western Regional Global Health Conference will be hosted at WWU on April 26-28. This year’s conference will include an art exhibition in Western's B Gallery featuring art related to the conference theme - Criminalization of the Body: Life, Law and Liberation. Artists of all types are invited to submit creative work of all mediums and sizes for this juried exhibition. Deadline for entries is April 8. For more information and to submit entries:
Time for a Change
April 19, 2019, 7pm
@Mount Baker Theatre

Join us for a night of dance and music! "Time For a Change" is a collection of the greatest acts in Bellingham, including both professional and amateur performers.

All proceeds go to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); this is a NAMI DIY event.

We are also very excited to announce that PeaceHealth and Cascadia Weekly have decided to sponsor our event! In addition, a guest speaker from PeaceHealth will be giving a presentation at our fundraiser!

Through projects like, "Time for a Change”, we hope to educate the population about mental health; if the American people are unable to discuss the issues which seem too frightening or tremendous to solve, the problem will become worse. Organizations like NAMI are proactive about education. Through speeches at schools and active political campaigning, NAMI actively seeks to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and provide support for those in need. 
Bellingham Think & Drink
The Speed of Deceit: The New Era of Online Lies and Misinformation
April 24, 7pm
@ Upfront Theatre
Misinformation and conspiracy theories have always been part of human culture, but now they travel at fiber-optic speed. What does this mean for our society, our politics, and our perception of truth itself? Why are lies so compelling, and why and how do they spread so quickly? How do we curb disinformation while balancing free speech?

Join us for a conversation with experts at the front lines of the information wars: Jevin West, data science professor at the University of Washington; Ira Hyman, psychology professor at Western Washington University; and Katya Drozdova, political science professor at Seattle Pacific University.

Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas. This event is part of our statewide series, “Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in the Age of Misinformation.” Click here for more information.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
Call for Artists: You Can Take It With You
Submission Deadline: May 18, by 5pm
Calling all area artists: Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery will be hosting a show of local art during the month of July, “You Can Take It With You”. The concept is to show affordable art, small enough to be packed in a carry-on bag. All entries should be 8” x 10” or less and ready to hang on the wall, or maybe propped on an easel. Subject matter is at the artist’s discretion, but must be family friendly. Think abstract, wildlife, birds, frogs, fronds, boats, cars, landscapes, or fruit. Come join the fun. The link to the call on the FCF website.
Call to Artists: Sylvia Center's Pride Art Show & the Dragtopia Variety Show!
Submissions Due: Thursday, May 30, 2019 by 5pm

We’re happy to announce that this will be our first Pride event for the Sylvia Center! This is our first Sylvia Center Dragtopia & Variety Show for All Ages! The Juried Art Show will feature artists that focus on the inclusion, awareness, support, and acceptance of the LGBTTQQIAAP & Queer community, and can include any of the following with this theme in mind - pride, family, equality, transformation, community, & love. The art show will be held during the Bellingham downtown art walk on July 5th. There’s also a Dragtopia & Variety Show for All Ages – performance on Wednesday, July 10th, 7:30pm with auditions in May, TBD. 

This show also promotes art organizations and facilities that incorporate inclusion and community for all genders, race, creed, religion, race, and backgrounds, in their facilities and programs. This will be the first Sylvia Pride event and will provide an entertaining array of events, such as Dragtopia & Variety Show for all ages on Wednesday, July 10th, raising funds for the Queer Youth Project with Northwest Youth Services, as well as hosting a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, and exhibit. 

We invite Exhibiting artists, Performers, Presenters & Class Instructors with a passion for art created with the Queer & Pride theme to become a part of the first Pride event for Sylvia Center for the Arts. Attendees are inspired to take home innovative ideas that recognize the value of an all-inclusive group who support the Queer community.

To participate, email , and fill out the application that’s sent to you for the Juried Art Show, and/or Presenters, Performers for the Dragtopia Variety Show for all ages. Applications are due on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 by 5pm. For more information contact: Pride Art Show Coordinators at 
Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!