Enriching the lives of children through the exploration of the arts
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.
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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 4-8
For Juniors Ages 9-12
For Seniors Ages 13-17
Complete Course List
Private Songwriting Coaching (2021) 9/1 - 12/17
Company Z presents “Under the Bed” (Fall 2021) 9/11 - 1/16
Mini Pixie: Wizard of Oz (Fall 2021) 9/13 - 11/13
Singing for Smiles (Fall 2021) 9/14 - 11/16
Mega Pixie: Wizard of Oz (Fall 2021) 9/14 - 11/6
Costuming (Fall 2021) 9/15 - 12/15
Sewing Lab (Fall 2021) 9/15 - 11/17
Junior Dance Company (Fall 2021) 9/15 - 10/31
Tap Dance (Fall 2021) 9/15 - 12/15
Recycled Runway (Fall 2021) 9/16 - 11/18
Senior Dance Company (Fall 2021) 9/16 - 10/31
Esme’s Adventures in Another World (Fall 2021) 9/17 - 12/19
Improv (Fall 2021) 9/21 - 11/23
Thank you Sponsors!
2019 Business Sponsors
Major funding provided by WECU’s Education First grant
Shepherd and Allen Attorneys at Law
Whatcom Community Foundation
Autumn Cunningham (Windermere Realtor)
Family Care Network
Country Financial Barkley Team
La Fiamma Pizza
2019 Encore donors (monthly donors)
Christine & Will Sanderson
Jonathan P Roach
Terry & Joyce Busch
Janet Ott – Ott & Associates
Rick Powell (Luciana Powell)
Chris and Susan Hemingson
Save Our Spirits fund
Jason and Stacy Glover
Thomas Maxim & Orly Ziv-Maxim
Mitchell & Theresa Morrison
Ralph & Mary Perona
Joe & Sarah Nissell
BAAY is deeply thankful for support from the Whatcom ReStart grant program, funded by the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County.
BAAY is grateful to be supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.