It has been consistently shown that involvement in the arts enhances youth and adults alike in all aspects of their growth, education and community connections. We believe the arts are essential to the quality of life on Whidbey Island.
Created by a consortium of artists, business people and local families, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is the culmination of a ten-year grass roots community effort to bring arts and arts education to Whidbey Island. We opened our doors in May 1996, and WICA is producing its 18th Season during 2016-2017.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is dedicated to offering high quality performances exposing residents and students to local and nationally recognized artists, musicians, literary works, and authors as well as the chance to be a part of in-house full-scale theater productions. Between October and June, there are over 85 total performances in the 246-seat theatre requiring 350-400 volunteers in a variety of positions.
The WICA season includes the Theatre Series, Local Artist Series, Literary Series, Family Series, Piano Series, Special Events, DjangoFest NW, One-Act Fest NW, and art exhibitions in the Lasher Gallery. Students enjoy free matinees and the WICA Conservatory provides educational classes and workshops year round. For more information on these programs, please visit our Programs & Rentals page.
The Theatre Series includes five plays produced in-house and each theatre production consists of eight shows, or 40 performances, between October and June. Auditions are held for both local and regional artists and production proposals are received each year.
With the goal of providing engaging, unique and invaluable experiences for everyone in the Whidbey Island community, WICA has grown from a small theatre production group to a respected, dynamic arts organization that offers a plethora of opportunities for all ages to explore and participate in the arts.
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The mission of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is to inspire, nourish, and enhance the artistic, social, and economic well-being of the community. We do this by promoting, developing, and presenting a diverse offering of high quality-theatre, music, dance, literature, and visual arts in an outstanding venue, and by creating educational and participation opportunities.