August 12, 2020

Christina Claassen, Marketing & PR Manager
Whatcom Museum

Whatcom Museum Launches Community Art Project, Participates in Statewide Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour

The Whatcom Museum is launching a new community art project this month called Whatcom² (Whatcom Squared). Community members will turn the Lightcatcher building’s glass Lightwall into a massive “stained glass” patchwork by creating artworks on large transparent squares. The artworks will respond to the prompt, “Show us what your community looks like.”

During the past decade, the Lightcatcher building has hosted numerous stunning art and cultural exhibitions, as well as community workshops and gatherings. Never has the community been asked to adorn the building with their own art. By playing with and changing one of the central elements of the building, namely the light that floods in the Lightwall during summertime, the community can make the Museum their own.

Individuals and groups can register to decorate 3’ x 3’ clear plastic sheets with designs and imagery that best represents them and their community. The Museum will provide the transparent square sheets for free and once the pieces are completed and returned, they’ll be affixed to the outside of the Museum’s Lightwall for the public to view in the late summer and early fall.

Community members can design clear plastic sheets with art reflecting what community means to them. The artworks will be displayed on the Lightcatcher Courtyard Lightwall.

“I’m just excited to open up this huge canvas to the creativity of Bellingham. I can’t wait to see what kind of amazing images our community can put together,” said Museum Educator Drew Whatley.

Community members of all ages in Whatcom County are welcome to design a square—there are more than 250 available to fill. Whatcom Squared is envisioned as a team-based activity, emphasizing community and collaborative efforts. Participants can register online to pick up a sheet or to decorate their squares in the Lightcatcher Courtyard on select dates and following social distancing measures.

Support for this program is provided by the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Project Neighborly grant. To register for a square or for more information visit

Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour

The Whatcom Museum is participating in the Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour, organized by the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS). The tour, which will make eight virtual “whistle stops” Aug. 19-26, 2020, is part of a series of virtual events celebrating the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the date that the Nineteenth Amendment was certified. 

Each segment will be hosted by a local historical organization, exploring women’s suffrage history in their geographic region, its legacy and ties to national women’s suffrage efforts.

The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour schedule includes:
  • Aug. 19 – Spokane—Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
  • Aug. 20 - Tri-Cities/Walla Walla—Franklin County Historical Society
  • Aug. 21 - Yakima/Ellensburg—Kittitas County Historical Society
  • Aug. 22 – Vancouver—Clark County Historical Society
  • Aug. 23 – Bellingham—Whatcom Museum
  • Aug. 24 – Seattle—Washington State Women’s Commission
  • Aug. 25 – Tacoma—Tacoma Historical Society
  • Aug. 26 – Olympia—Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum

The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour video series will be released on the @washingtonhistory and @suffrage100wa Facebook pages and uploaded to The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour is presented in conjunction with Washington State Suffrage Centennial programming through generous legislative support and in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State Women’s Commission’s Votes for Women Centennial Grant.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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