Thank you for Giving to the Starving Artist Fund!

We really want to thank everyone who came out to Art Walk last week. We raised $160 in cash donations for the Starving Artist Fund. We are lucky to have such an amazing and giving community!

We are hoping to raise $5,000 by the end of the year. Please give what you can, if you have not already. You can donate by clicking HERE.

The Starving Artist Fund will help emerging artists who cannot afford to frame their own work. Through this fund, we hope to make scholarships available to artists who would like to show at Make.Shift but are struggling to present their work in a professional manner. This opportunity will help them along in their careers as artists by increasing their chances of selling work and elevating their presentation for future exhibitions.  


ALL AGES Band Lottery

In 2010, Jinx Art Space hosted the first annual Bellingham Band Lottery. Bands were paired together at random, strangers and friends alike, who had never worked together formed terminal bands that had two weeks to practice, write and perform the greatest show of their lives. The two weeks that lead up to the performance really challenges and opens up creativity that might not happen in a regular band setting. Awkward weird riff, check. Obtuse inside joke lyrics, check. Costumes, why not?

After moving out of the basement the band lottery was held at The Shakedown, and now Wild Buffalo, giving 21+ performers an amazing stage and staff to showcase their talents. The Wild Buffalo has been kind enough to donate the proceeds to Make.Shift the past two years. 

We wanted to open up the talent pool even more and are hosting our first annual spring ALL AGES ROCK LOTTO! We'd love to see what our oldest and youngest members of the scene have to offer for this event. This event is sponsored by Casa Que Pasa who has already paid the entry fee for the first 20 fans the night of the show! Thank you, Casa!

The draft takes place during June Art Walk on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The show will take place Friday, June 16th.
Sign up here:

Make.News 5.10.17

Make.News 5.10.17

In our little home nestled within the arts district of downtown Bellingham, Make.Shift survives based on the talent, insight and dedication of its staff, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Before we jump into upcoming events, we want to say a truly heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has made this space possible! Your continued effort to prove why all-ages DIY spaces matter helps us continue to grow!

Wanted: Sound Team Manager

After holding down leadership of the all volunteer crew that makes up the Make.Shift sound crew, our beloved Stuart Jackson's ISP internship through Fairhaven college, is coming to a close. Stuart is one heck of a guy. Funny, talented, and a hard worker. We are really going to miss having him around, but we are stoked for him to move on to the next big adventure. So with that, we are looking for an intern to take over the lead Sound Manager position at Make.Shift. 

An applicant for the Sound Manager position at Make.Shift should possess background in professional Audio/Visual work as well as leadership roles. The position includes elements of audio engineering, lighting, projection, as well as maintenance. The most direct role is through communication with various community members to fill in engineering slots for various events held weekly at Make.Shift, where volunteer techs work live sound and lighting roles. Background in training and working to form relationships with peers will be to the benefit of applicants, as much of this position's workload is based upon energizing a small group of volunteer technicians. This position is amazing hands on experience running production and staff at a live music venue. Our internships offer students a chance to develop their resume, gain experience, gain references, or earn college credit. Many of our sound volunteers have been able to go on and get job's directly in the field of sound engineering. 

Interested applicants please send an email to

Wanted: Gallery Interns

Artwork by Jess Bonin & Karie Jane

Artwork by Jess Bonin & Karie Jane

The Make.Shift Gallery is looking for 2-3 gallery interns. As a Gallery Intern you would be responsible for coordinating, installing, and promoting visual art shows as a member of the Make.Shift Gallery Committee. 

We are looking for motivated individuals engaged in the local arts community with a dedicated interest in promoting and working with emerging, innovative, and underrepresented artists. This is an unpaid gig (that is, unless your rich grandma wants to give us a million dollars tomorrow) with a required minimum of 8 hours per month. 

Are you someone who loves art and wants to be a part of an exciting and empowering experience working with a group of other passionate folks? Then check out the job description below and email cover letter and resume to:


Gallery Intern Job Description:


  • Must be engaged in and committed to cultivating Bellingham’s arts community

  • Must have a dedicated interest in supporting emerging, local, and underrepresented artists

  • Must have good communication skills and respond to emails promptly

  • Must be willing to contribute ideas and receive feedback regarding curation and selecting artists for exhibition

  • Must meet minimum requirement of 8 hours per month


  • Assists in hanging, installing, and providing curatorial input for monthly art shows (every Sunday immediately preceding First Friday Art Walk)

  • Assists in Art Walk preparation duties, such as placing art tags, installing show title vinyl, and other necessary upkeep (every Thursday evening before Art Walk)

  • Educates themselves on featured artists prior to Art Walk, in order to provide accurate information to gallery attendees

  • Assists in hosting Art Walk each month (cleaning & preparing the space, tracking attendance, greeting attendees, selling art, soliciting donations, and any other pertinent duties)

  • Actively participates in monthly gallery committee meetings (every Monday after Art Walk)

  • Participates in other committee gatherings for painting, gallery upkeep, jurying group exhibitions, receiving and accepting work from artists, community events, etc.

  • Assists with promotional duties, such as posting events to community calendars, designing logos and postcards for exhibitions and open calls, promoting events through social media, etc

  • Updates Squarespace website with information on upcoming shows, calls for art, and other announcements

Make.Shift News 4.25.17

Make.Shift News 4.25.17

Oh hey. Hope everyone had an amazing week filled with sun, then rain, then sun and rain again. We have a bunch of exciting events coming up this week and they’re all indoors as part of our April Weather Preparedness Program™. What’s the phrase again? “April showers give you powers” or something? Pretty sure that’s it.