Paper Whale is an interactive experience to inspire creatives in the Pacific Northwest. We began by offering the creative community a voice to contribute meaningful ideas that help create place and protect a unique artistic flavor on Bellingham's Waterfront District.
The name Paper Whale is derived from the following:
Paper: a historical nod to Bellingham's central waterfront, formerly a pulp and tissue mill.
Whale: an acknowledgment of our connectedness to the marine ecology. The Blue Whale in Lummi iconography represents the “Protector”, and what we are working to preserve is arts & culture.
Paper Whale acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish People, the Lummi and Nooksack Tribes, past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and to the original artists.