Enriching the lives of children through the exploration of the arts
Fall 2022: Musical theatre galore at our downtown location!
Three different casts of Pixies Aristokittens perform Nov 4-5, Nov 11-12, and 18-19.
Three different casts of BAAY Juniors perform Aristocats in December – tickets on sale now!
BAAY Seniors perform Starmites in January 2023 – tickets on sale now!
Welcome To BAAY!
Founded in 2006, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization that offers quality instruction and mentoring in theater, choir, dance, music, and visual arts to youth ages 5-17. The mission of BAAY is to enrich children’s lives through the exploration of the arts.
BAAY serves approximately 1400 children annually in three main programs: at our campus theatre, in our arts-based preschool (closed for 2020-2021), and in EduArts after-school enrichment classes in elementary schools throughout Whatcom County. Through our programs, we create community, and teach children confidence, character and creativity.
Looking for “Theatre Thursday” content shared via the Whatcom Arts Project during pandemic lockdown? Enjoy our Watch page!
Thank you for voting for BAAY as the Gold winner of Best Childcare / After-School Program in Best of the Northwest 2022!
Upcoming Theatre Courses
At our downtown campus theatre, we provide children with a safe and supportive community in which to learn acting, vocal performance, costuming, theatre tech, dance, and theatre devising. Through these classes, we foster respect, cooperation, decision-making, team-building, self-discipline, and self-confidence in young people.
BAAY offers performing arts classes to children ages 5-17 at our theater in downtown Bellingham. We offer over two dozen programs a year. Almost all of those programs culminate in performances, including plays, dance performances, and full musicals like Matilda, Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, The Outsiders, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and many others. Approximately 5500 children and adults attend productions at our theatre each year to enjoy the arts and celebrate the students’ work. Since 2006, we have staged approximately 200 musicals and plays.
For Mixed Ages
For Pixies Ages 5-8
For Juniors Ages 9-12
For Seniors Ages 13-17
Upcoming Shows and Courses
Senior Musical: Starmites (Fall 2022) 9/10 - 1/22
Junior Musical: The Aristocats (Fall 2022) 9/16 - 12/18
Senior Costuming (Fall 2022) 9/20 - 1/12
Wade King - Storybook Theatre (Fall 2022) 9/29 - 12/15
Wade King - Comedy Club (Fall 2022) 9/30 - 12/16
Thank you Sponsors!
BAAY is grateful to be supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Thank you Whatcom Community Foundation for grant funding supporting BAAY in 2022!
“I Belong at BAAY” October 2020 donors:
In addition to business sponsors, individual donors, and our sustaining monthly Encore donors, in October 2020 during the pandemic we also had a major online fundraiser in connection with a documentary we made about our first 15 years of operation called “I Belong at BAAY” (view it online here).
We are deeply grateful to each and every donor – you are truly buoying BAAY’s mission through this storm when children, youth, families, and communities need the arts more than ever.
La Drene Coyne
Mary lou Crosbie
Anne Marie Long
Pat and Steve Markowitz
Bill and Louise Sygitowicz
Colleen van Pelt
Jackson van Pelt
Lori and Beau Whitehead
BAAY is deeply thankful for support from our monthly Encore donors, from local businesses, and from generous individuals in our community. Please visit our Thank You Supporters page where we recognize those who help keep the lights on and keep us serving children.