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Whatcom Arts Project seeks to uplift community

As a gift to the community, during Washington State’s Stay Home – Stay Safe Order, Bellingham and Whatcom County artists, musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, filmmakers, performers and arts supporters have come together to create the Whatcom Arts Project.

Free, daily online content is available on Facebook and on a webpage through this campaign to uplift, educate, and inspire during these difficult times, while we socially distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.

More than 30 nonprofits and organizations from Whatcom County’s vibrant arts scene are collaborating to provide free performances, interactive tours, classes, narratives, and other arts experiences online and accessible to the public.

The newly formed collective arts campaign hopes to inform, entertain, educate, and support the community and each other through this stay-at-home period and beyond.

According to John Purdie, Interim Executive Director of the Mount Baker Theatre, “We collaboratively formed Whatcom Arts Project because the arts bring people together, connecting our hearts, minds, and imaginations.”

“Our artists are keepers of culture. Our stories, our communities, our hearts thrive when we share what makes us most human — connecting to one another and cherishing each other’s place in the tapestry of Whatcom County,” says Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao, one of the founders of Sylvia Center for the Arts.

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