Help Spread the Word!
We are seeking your help in creating a sustainable future for the Sylvia Center for the Arts as we rise up and prepare to re-open our doors.
Thanks to you, the Sylvia Center for the Arts has survived what has been a devastating time for the arts worldwide. A year ago, we regretfully closed our doors, with no idea what the future held in store. Not only are we still here, and still finding ways to make art, we are bringing our productions to audiences worldwide, through the magic of live-streamed theater. Your commitment to sustaining the arts through lean times has made this possible.
Of course, nothing replaces the magic of actual live performance. When the day comes that we can safely gather in person – and it will! – we will be ready. With your help, the Sylvia Center for the Arts is poised to rise up stronger than ever.
We have much to look forward to in the next season and beyond. Along with our continued commitment to producing new works by local playwrights, we are developing new programs aimed at increasing diversity and equity in our programming. We have exciting opportunities to form partnerships with resident companies. And we are ready to realize our long-held dream of opening a coffee shop in the space, which will provide a steady source of revenue. (Also coffee.)
Thanks to you, the Sylvia Center for the Arts has made it through a difficult year. But our survival, as with so many arts venues these days, is still by no means guaranteed. Only with support from the community today can we move confidently into our future. A future of building community through art, accessible to all.
If you are able, please make a generous gift today. And see how we rise.
It’s been just a few years since we opened our studio to Whatcom County artists looking for space to rehearse, teach, and perform. We have worked to create a center for community and for audiences to find locally-created music, theater, dance, and more.
In 2019, we opened the Lucas Hicks Theater in our space and invited an even wider group of artists to our spaces, and grew our community of resident companies. Amazing things were happening in the first years our center came into being.
Then in 2020 we closed our doors much like the rest of the world.
In the months that followed we watched, listened, united, and supported artists in our county and in October 2020 we launched our first on-line performance.
We are now several shows into mastering live-streaming our shows and are proud of our actors, playwrights, crew, and audiences for joining us on this adventure.
Today we prepare for a time when audiences can return, when performers can hear the applause, and we can all return to the shared community that brought this project to light to begin with.
While clearer skies are ahead, the survival of arts venues is by no means guaranteed. To realize our plans and secure the future of the center we need support from our community.
To continue making a place where communities come together and where artists can train, perform, and collaborate.
In order to maintain and sustain this idea we are creating plans to:
🟠 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.
In order to bring this plan to fruition we need your support to reach our goal, so when we open our doors, we are ready.
With your donations we will be able to rise up, be ready, provide job opportunities and create an even more inviting space for our community to participate in.
Your support will not just help us survive the pandemic, it will see our community arts center in a stronger place to fulfill our mission in brighter days . Thank you!
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