Donate Now to Art in Anacortes

Great creativity often comes from challenging and turbulent times.  The Anacortes Arts Festival is working to continue to support artists, youth art and creative programs in Anacortes.  And, we are doing so with a really uncertain financial future.

We hope, if you are able, that you will make a donation to our programs.  We will use the funds to continue to offer free art kits to Anacortes students, during school closures.  Then, the funds will support art in schools and other partners in our Giving Back program.  Followed by overall support of the Festival and the artists, who earn their living by being with us in the summer for three days.

Your generosity will help us continue the important work we do to engage children in creativity and to support artists, who live here in our community.

Thank you for considering making a donation today to the Anacortes Arts Festival.  You can mail a check to our office or donate online here.

Art Kits for Students

We know that students and parents might be struggling in this time of school closures.  We also know that not everyone has art supplies at home.  In staying true to our mission, we are working to get some art supplies in the hands of Anacortes students, who need them.

We are in the process of delivering the first 120 art kits and we have many more requests.  Please watch our Facebook page for a quick fundraising campaign to finish meeting the requests for art supplies.

Being able to express themselves through art and other creative outlets is so important for kids, especially during stressful times.  The Festival team is committed to keeping art and creativity alive for Anacortes students.

Thanks to all of the amazing people who donated to the first round of art supplies.

If you have any questions about our art kit program, please reach out to us at events@anacortesartsfestival.com.

 

2020 Giving Back Grants Awarded

The Anacortes Arts Festival is granting over $25,000 to artists and arts organizations through our annual Giving Back program in 2020. Full List of Grants The Festival strives to impact the whole community through its range of giving by advancing arts education and increasing participation in the arts on Fidalgo Island. In addition to grants, the Festival funds art education programs for school kids through our April events, public art through our Art Dash, and artists through our fine art awards & Anacortes Collects program.  In total, we returned over $65,000 to the community in 2019.

For questions, please contact Jennifer at staff@anacortesartsfestival.com.

2020 Grant Applications Available Now

The Anacortes Arts Festival provides grants to a wide range of arts education and enrichment programs supporting creativity in our community. Grant applications are available now on our website at Grant Guidelines. Applications will be accepted through November 12, 2019.

We encourage visual and performing artists, arts organizations and art programs to develop projects, activities, special events and classes that benefit the Fidalgo Island and Guemes Island community. Grant requests where people and programs work cooperatively are encouraged.

In 2019 our Giving Back Grants totaled $22,150. Over $75,000 has been given back to our community this year in grants, public art, cultural education funding for the Anacortes School District and fine art awards.

For questions, please contact Jennifer at staff@anacortesartsfestival.com.

2019 Buskerfest Applications

Calling all Buskers!  Buskerfest is back this year and is on the calendar for Sunday, August 25.  Come to downtown Anacortes and show off your talents, during Open Streets.

As if earning some tips and performing on Commercial Avenue weren’t enough enticement, we will have a People’s Choice Award again this year and someone will walk away with $250!

We will also have small stipends for 6 other buskers and an attractive second place prize.  2019 BUSKERFEST APPLICATION.

And, if street performing is not on your list of talents, you should still plan to join us for Buskerfest and Open Streets Anacortes for a fun day downtown!

Giving Back to Seahawk Music Boosters

We’re excited to support the Seahawk Music Boosters as one of our Giving Back Grant recipients. The youth band program was in need of quality mouthpieces for a variety of instruments in their collection and we were happy to award them with a Grant in the amount of $1,925 to make this happen. These instruments and mouthpieces are loaned to students who want to be a part of the band program but may not have the ability to purchase their own.

Seahawk Music Boosters promote the activities and interests of both the band and choir groups in the Anacortes School District. The Anacortes Arts Festival is proud to have them as a Giving Partner!

2019 Grants

2019 Giving Back Grants Awarded

The Anacortes Arts Festival has awarded 11 organizations over $22,000 in Giving Back Grants for 2019. These Giving Back Grants are given to artists and arts organizations who strive to advance arts education and participation in the arts for Fidalgo Island residents. The Festival strives to impact the whole community through its range of giving, full list of Grants.

The Anacortes Arts Festival returned over $65,000 to the community in 2018 and will be working to continue this level of giving in 2019.  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.

Grant Guidelines

2018 Giving Back Grants Awarded

The Anacortes Arts Festival is granting over $22,000 to artists and arts organizations through our annual Giving Back program in 2018. Full List of Grants The Festival strives to impact the whole community through its range of giving by advancing arts education and increasing participation in the arts in Anacortes and Fidalgo Island.

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.

Grant Guidelines

Giving back through public art

In addition to our regular grant cycle, the Festival also designates proceeds from our annual Art Dash and Color Runs for the purchase of public art.  With this year’s funds we have decided to purchase two pieces from the Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibit at the Depot – Giraffes by Joe Treat and Continental Drift Number 2 (left) by Anacortes artist Steve Lloyd.  Giraffes consists of two pieces, and was selected the public favorite in a recent survey. It will remain where it is currently placed.  Continental Drift Number 2, will be relocated – site to be determined.  Both pieces will become the property of the City.  The Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibit is sponsored by Windermere and facilitated by the Anacortes Arts Commission.

Depot Sculpture Exhibit

2018 Grant Applications Now Available

Each year, the Anacortes Arts Festival provides Grants to a wide range of arts education and enrichment programs supporting creativity in our community. Grant Applications are now available on our website at Grant Guidelines.

We encourage visual and performing artists, arts organizations and arts programs to develop projects, activities, special events and classes that benefit the Fidalgo Island and Guemes Island community. Grant requests where people and programs work cooperatively are encouraged. Applications are being accepted through November 14, 2017.

Giving Back Grants totaling $33,040 were given to organizations in our community in 2017. Through all of our efforts, the Festival has given back over $60,000 this year alone. For more information about the Anacortes Arts Festival’s Giving Back program, please visit our Grant Guidelines page.