The Jansen Art Center creates opportunities for the community to engage in the arts.

Who We Are

The Jansen Art Center is a multipurpose facility offering many avenues for the community to engage with the arts. Our studios in Ceramics, Jewelry, Music & Theatre, Paint & Fine Arts, and Textiles provide opportunities for both seasoned artists and beginning students to hone their skills in learning and open studio environments. The J offers programs for students anywhere from age 6 upward, features pieces from hundreds of local artists in our solo and juried exhibits, and welcomes large audiences to our various performances and recitals.

The J was featured on Redfin’s bucket list article for new residents of Bellingham, WA. Check out the blog article here!

Jansen Art Center is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All or a portion of donations to Jansen Art Center are tax-deductible. Consult your tax advisor regarding applicable IRS regulations. EIN 45-4060718

Get to know our hard-working staff, studio members, and board.



Tuesday: 11am–7pm
Wednesday: 11am–7pm
Thursday: 11am–7pm
Friday: 11am–5pm
Saturday: 11am–5pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED

Admission to our galleries is free.
(Classes require paid registration and certain events are ticketed)


There is 3-hour street parking available in front of the building. There are also two side alleys and a back alley with parking spaces.


To the left of the main entrance, there is a door by the Textiles Studio with a ramp accessing the main floor. On the main floor, there is a lift that can then take you to the top floor.

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Financial Scholarship Program

The mission of the Jansen Art Center is to create opportunities for the community to engage in the arts, and we recognize that financial barriers are one way that limit access to the arts. If a scholarship would enable you to attend one of our programs, please fill out this form! Scholarships are available for people of all ages and can be applied to all programs from classes to exhibit submission fees.

Code of Conduct

The Jansen Art Center is a nonprofit, community-focused organization that welcomes all people. As a community of artists and art lovers, we represent diverse views and varied experiences and are expected to treat each other with kindness, respect, honesty, and professionalism. We aim to ensure a safe environment for all who visit the J. Any person found to be engaging in discriminatory or otherwise threatening, harassing, or inappropriate behavior will be subject to action up to and including termination or revocation of access to activities, studios, and gallery spaces.

History & Renovation

At the site of Lynden’s former City Hall and Fire Station, now stands a vibrant space bursting with creativity. The library, jail cells, morgue, and council chambers have all been repurposed into an artistic community. The Jansen Art Center opened in 2012 and has been a focal point for arts appreciation and education ever since.

Events & Rentals

Host your next event at the J. The magnificent views and artwork are the perfect backdrop for arts-related and corporate events. The history and beauty of the architecture make it a vibrant and intimate venue. Our creative and accommodating staff are committed to realizing your vision.