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Behind the Scenes: Community radio station KVWV wants support and input

Matt Fuller, development director for KVWV, the Bellingham radio station that is a project of local nonprofit Make.Shift Art Space, will host a community meeting to provide development updates. The meeting will be noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Community Food Co-op Connections Building, 1220 N. Forest St.

The committee is developing a low-powered FM (LPFM) community radio station and is seeking public support for content and funding to operate the station at 94.9 FM.

Make.Shift partnered with advocacy group Common Frequency to acquire one of the last such licenses available from the Federal Communications Commission. The stations are community-based and noncommercial, operating at 100 watts or less and reaching a radius of three to seven miles.

The meeting will include an update on the station status and fundraising, and what’s needed to build the studio and transmitter. People will learn how to become involved and support the station.

For details and to listen the radio via online streaming, go For more information, call 414-533-5898, email or check Bellingham Community Radio on Facebook.

Participants sought for Recycled Art and Resource Expo

With sustainability and recycling important in the community, the fourth annual Recycled Art and Resource Expo is again coming to Bellingham.

The expo is a two-day festival that celebrates creative reuse in the arts and other industries. The event will take place April 3 and 4 in downtown Bellingham.

Each spring, Bellingham is home to a numerous reuse events, such as BTC’s Welding Rodeo, Trash Fashion, Recycled Art Shows, and the Procession of the Species. The expo serves as a unifying resource that provides a platform for the many green-themed artistic endeavors in the area.

In addition to an roster of events, the expo hosts educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, and exhibits.

Artists, businesses and organizations that focus on the environment and sustainability with a passion for recycled art are invited to become a part of the expo. Partners have included Bellingham Arts Commission, Appliance Depot, Pickford Film Center, Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, Whatcom Museum, and Whatcom Tourism.

Applications are open to artists, speakers, performers and workshop facilitators Applications are due 5 p.m. March 5 at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Allied Arts Membership is not required to apply, but it’s appreciated.

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Anacortes Arts Festival seeks applicants

Dozens of Whatcom County residents perform or exhibit art each summer at the popular Anacortes Arts Festival, held downtown on Commercial Street and the waterfront each year. This year’s festival is Aug. 7-9.

Applications for participants are now available. Guidelines for booths and for fine art applicants can be found under the “Activities” tab on the festival website,

Deadlines for booth artisans is March 3; deadline for fine artists is April 9; deadline for food vendors is April 28.

There is no entertainment application process this year. If you are interested in performing at the festival, send a note of interest and any promotional materials you have in digital files to If you have any unique needs, a desired talent fee, or interest in a specific stage, include that in your email.

There are four stages of entertainment at this year’s festival: main stage (all genres of mainstream, high-energy music); port stage (all genres of music and performing arts); jazz stage (jazz of all styles, swing, bluegrass); and indie stage (new music, with a focus on local musicians)

The festival director and music committees will reach out to potential entertainers in February and the entertainment schedules will be complete by May 15.

People with questions about entertainment should email