The Anacortes Arts Festival strives to impact the whole community through its range of giving by advancing arts education, increasing participation in the arts in the community and better linking the arts community to the community at large. The Festival endeavors, over time, to fund a well-balanced group of grant requests and projects, some self-initiated, that involves a diverse group of people and diverse art activities.
The deadline for 2018 Grants is November 14, 2017. See the Guidelines page for complete application information.
Our Mission Statement
By providing leadership in creating a vibrant arts community, the Anacortes Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, promotes and funds arts, artists and art education.
- To produce an outstanding Arts Festival, premier Fine Art Shows and other Art-Related Events. This is our primary focus providing much of the means for us to support our other objectives.
- To foster the growth and dissemination of the arts through the annual awarding of grants to artists and arts organizations, with an emphasis on those that have an impact on Anacortes and Fidalgo Island.
- To promote and support a variety of arts activities throughout the year, either on our own or in collaboration with other art organizations.
2017 Grants Awarded
In the past 10 years, the Anacortes Arts Festival has given over $350,000 in grants alone. In addition to grants the Festival funds cultural education for school kids through our April events, public art through our Art Dash and Color Run, and artists through our fine art awards & Anacortes Collects program. In total, we returned over $75,000 to the community in 2016.
2017 grants, totaling $33,040 include:
Anacortes Arts Commission – sculpture park
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club – fine arts program
Anacortes Family Center – Life Skills/Art Therapy program
Anacortes Farmers Market – Saturday live music
Anacortes Parks & Recreation – Buskerfest
ASD AHS Film Program -filmmaking lights
ASD Fidalgo Elementary Music – Ukulele repair
ASD Island View Elementary School – Ceramic kiln
ASD Young Authors- writing program
Fidalgo Danceworks – headline sponsorship support
Fidalgo Island Quilters – kids quilting program
Friends of Anacortes Public Library – genre night at the library
MoNA – youth education program
Seahawk Music Boosters – band instruments
Seahawk Music Boosters – student concerts & clinics
Skagit River Poetry Foundation – St. Patrick’s Eve at the Lincoln