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Eat for the arts: Sylvia Center benefits from Bellingham diners Oct. 13

The former Cascade Laundry Building, 205 Prospect St., is under construction as the Sylvia Center for the Arts.
The former Cascade Laundry Building, 205 Prospect St., is under construction as the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Area residents are invited to “Eat for the Arts” at breakfast, lunch and/or dinner on Thursday, Oct. 13, as a way to support the creation of a new performing arts center in downtown.

Participating restaurants will donate a percentage of their Oct. 13 sales to a capital campaign aimed at converting the historic Cascade Laundry Building, 205 Prospect St., into the Sylvia Center for the Arts.

The multiple-venue performing arts center is designed to help meet the need for an affordable and accessible home for a range of Whatcom County’s performing arts organizations.

Among the nearly 20 participating restaurants are Casa Que Pasa, Culture Café at Kombucha Town, Goat Mountain Pizza, Leaf & Ladle, Mallard Ice Cream and Pure Bliss Desserts.

The art center is a project spearheaded by iDiOM Theater, which has a long-term lease on the former Cascade Laundry Building. Construction has been completed on a studio theater space with a dance floor, and iDiOM is mounting the capital campaign to finance the design and construction of a mainstage theater, lobby, café/bar space, event rental spaces and additional rehearsal/classroom spaces.

Recently, Washington State Department of Commerce’s Building for the Arts advisory committee recommended the center as one of 16 nonprofit organizations (from more than 60 applicants) to receive a Building for the Arts award in 2017.

The grant would provide the Sylvia Center project with $334,000 toward finishing the new performing arts center. .

Past Whatcom County recipients of the Building for the Arts grant include Pickford Film Center, Allied Arts, Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building and Mount Baker Theatre.

More on the project: sylviacenterforthearts.org and on Facebook.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

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