The Anacortes Arts Festival strives to impact the whole community through its range of giving by advancing arts education, increasing participation in the arts, and better linking the arts 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 2019 Grants is November 13, 2018. 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 Show 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.
2018 Grants Awarded
In the past 10 years, the Anacortes Arts Festival has given over $375,000 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 $67,000 to the community in 2017.
2018 grants, totaling $22,150 include:
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club – Fine arts program
Anacortes Family Center – Fine art and therapy programs
Anacortes Parks & Recreation – Buskerfest
ASD AHS/AMS Choir – Visit to McIntyre Hall
ASD Fidalgo Elementary – Artist in the classroom
ASD High School Music Department – Guitar guest artist
ASD Mount Erie Elementary – Mustang bottle cap mural
ASD Young Authors- Writing program
Fidalgo Danceworks – Headline sponsorship support
Fidalgo Island Quilters – Kids quilting program
MoNA – Youth education program
Seahawk Music Boosters – Band instruments
Seahawk Music Boosters – Student concert & clinic
Skagit Community Band – Soloist sponsorship
Skagit River Poetry Foundation –10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival
Skagit Symphony – School concerts