Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival 2022

The Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival seeks to celebrate the various diverse cultures that populate our great area. We invite folks of all backgrounds to show off what makes their culture unique through fine art, craft, food, song, dance, storytelling and any other creative endeavor.

This year’s Cultural Arts Festival will consist of an exhibition and vendors at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and live interactive workshops and performances via social media.

Most of our happenings throughout March are online this year, please see links and videos below! 

Gallery Exhibit

Come see the works in person at the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm, masks required. 

Featuring work from Rainbow Medicine-Walker, Clint Sana and Donald Washington.


How Hummingbird Got Her Nest by Rainbow Medicine-Walker

Enrolled Federally Recognized Cherokee Nation
Grandaughter of Cherokee Admiral JJ Clark
Chief Water Dweller and Chief Thunderbird

Inga Elvrom from Waffles in Paradise shares her recipe for Nordic Style Heart Shaped Waffles

Raqs Sharqi with Rachel Carter

Rachel is a raqs sharqi (belly dance) performer and instructor. She has a mission is to learn and spread the joy of Raqs Sharqi, Oriental Dance, by cultivating connection through her art. She strives to educate herself, her students, and audiences with joy for this historical art form. 

Watch Rachel’s Performance from March 5 here on Facebook.

WCAF Artist Spotlight with Clint Sana

Allied Arts Artist Services Coordinator Katy Tolles will interview Clint Sana, BFA, and his work that explores the Chamoru Culture and the effects of the war and colonization.
“The subject matter I focus on is based on the Chamorro experience in our society. These experiences, through the context of Guam’s Spanish, Japanese, and American colonial past weaving through the island’s contemporary society, provides the proa in which to sail these troubled waters. I work with various drawing materials rendering collages on surfaces based on found photos and personal photos rendered with papaya soap, graphite, acrylic, and oil paint to create a narrative that explores the relationship between Guam and it’s colonial history”
Watch this interview live on Facebook at 12pm, Saturday, March 20 or check out the recording on this page afterwards.