Allied Arts appreciates the generous support of our local communities to help keep our programs and events going. We’ve outlined some of the donation opportunities available. All donations are tax deductible.

General Overview
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is dedicated to enriching and sustaining our community through the arts. We do this through our arts education project, our gallery exhibits, our festivals and our community development projects. Your donation to Allied Arts helps us to continue quality programs and events that not only sustain the arts in our community but also make the arts accessible to residents and visitors of Whatcom County.

About our Programs
Arts-in-the-Schools: The Allied Arts Education Program provides standards based arts activities to elementary schools throughout the county. In 2016, our talented teaching artists are leading over 150 classes in visual arts, performing arts and literary arts. They orchestrated four different all-school projects. In the spring, over 60 downtown Bellingham businesses participated in Children’s Art Walk.
Arts Festivals: Two seasonal festivals provide a variety of arts activities throughout the year. In April, the Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE) celebrates art from recycled materials as well as sustainable practices in the arts. This year, the attendance doubled! The annual Holiday Festival of the Arts is our largest event featuring over 100 booths as well as musical performances and family art activities. Based on financial reports to date, it will be our most successful festival ever!
Art Exhibit Program: Each month, Allied Arts’ staff curate exhibits in four different venues: the Allied Arts Gallery, Giuseppe’s al Porto and the Bellingham Ferry Terminal. That totals artwork work by over 200 local artists exhibited annually!
Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store (AARTS): Our little arts supply thrift store is behind the gallery and has been frequently called “One of the best kept arts secrets in town!” This year we have had a record quantity of donations. Over 5,000 pounds of materials have avoided the landfills and we have saved over $3,000 in supplies for our Arts-In-the-Schools program by using the donated materials.

  • How You Can Help
    Become a member.
  • Spring cleaning? Donate unwanted items to our art supply thrift store or check our In-Kind Wishlist to see if you having anything we need.
  •  You can also help out through volunteering at our fun events. Allied Arts greatly appreciates any and all volunteering offered by community members. If you would like to volunteer to help with any upcoming events, contact Kelly Hart at 360-676-8548.
  • Your contribution will double through the Seattle Foundation’s Give Big Seattle Campaign.
  • Through your frequent shopper cards, participating businesses will give a percentage to Allied Arts through  Fred Meyer.
  • Sign Up at Amazon.Smile and with MakeMeSmile extension enabled in Google Chrome, you will be redirected to a corresponding AmazonSmile page when you shop on and 0.5% of all applicable purchases will be donated to Allied Arts of Whatcom County. Visit our MakeMeSmile page to learn more:
  • Allied Arts is on the list of suggested organizations in the passing of a loved one through the Bellingham Herald, the Whatcom Community Foundation, or the United Way of Whatcom County.

Allied Arts Education Project

Help us bring art into the lives of kids right here in Whatcom County. Below are the some sponsorship opportunities available through the Allied Arts Education Project. Contact Kelly Hart, Executive Director, at 360-676-8548 x7.
Contributions are gratefully accepted and tax deductible!
• Sponsor an art class $250
• Provide a free art session for youth at one of our festivals $100

• Quality Art Supplies for a youth art class $50
• Fund a school-wide, large-scale public work of art (mural) $3,000
• Sponsor a teacher in the year-long Arts Impact arts professional development program: $1,800