After months of patiently watching the impact that COVID has had on our communities and preparing for whatever large events will look like in the future, the Anacortes Arts Festival Board has chosen to cancel this year’s Festival. We did consider a September postponement date and concluded that the risk factor of the unknowns is too high for our organization.
With our 59-year history and knowing how important the Festival is to the artists, local businesses and our community, this decision was not made lightly. We feel like we have pushed all of the deadlines for planning as far as we can. There are so many unknowns when it comes to COVID and especially as it relates to the safe re-opening of large gatherings. It’s important to us to be poised and ready to help our artists and community for years to come and we cannot do so if our organization is not financially healthy.
The Festival and celebrating art is our passion. Our hearts are heavy with the fact that we couldn’t make it happen this year. However, we will quickly look to the future and are working on ways to support art in our community during- and post-COVID. We know that from challenge comes great opportunity and we are excited about looking ahead at the creative ways the Anacortes Arts Festival can continue to support artists and art programs until we see you again.
2021 Anacortes Arts Festival – August 6 – 8, 2021