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.

Giving back takes many forms

While it’s true that we award a lot of money in grants, did you know that the Festival gives back to the community in a lot of different ways? … to name a few

  • Art Dash & Color Run proceeds purchase public art
  • April events fund the Anacortes School District Cultural Arts Program
  • the Anacortes Collects Program purchases art from the Arts at the Port Juried Show for a public partner (this year’s recipient will be the new high school)
  • Our PIANO-cortes Program produces painted pianos for public use in downtown during the month of August
  • Our Booth and Fine Art Awards support individual artists
  • We provide a great venue for local musicians & artists

Last but not least – we produce an event that brings people to our wonderful community & provides locals and visitors three full days of art, music, food and fun experiences.   Remember when you support the Festival, you join us in supporting a wide range of community efforts.

Giving Back Program Awards Over $33,000 in Grants

The Anacortes Arts Festival is granting over $33,000 to artists and arts organizations through our annual Giving Back program in 2017. 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 $75,000 to the community in 2016.

Festival funds Gratitude Grafitti boards

For the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, children and the public posted notes about what they are thankful for on ten Gratitude Grafitti boards.   This project, created by the Mt Erie PTA was funded by a Festival grant.  Board locations included Anacortes elementary schools, Anacortes Public Library, ACME Creative, Johnny Picassos, Playhouse Dental, Fidalgo Bay Montessori, Anacortes Lutheran Preschool and Fidalgo Danceworks.

Founders Lucila McElroy and Candice Davenport said their goal was to create the reminder by using community hubs to engage passers-by. It also allowed people to express their gratitude through art.

The deadline for 2017 grants is now closed, and we will be announcing next year’s recipients in January.

2017 Grant cycle deadline

The deadline for 2017 Festival grants is November 11. 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, along with those where people are able to participate in the arts.   Please see our Grant Guidelines for more information.

2016 Grants totaled $52,500. Through all of our efforts the Festival gave back over $70,000 this year.  Also included are $25,000 raised during our April events for Cultural Arts Programming for the Anacortes School District, Sculpture and Mural projects funded through our Art Dash, and Anacortes Collects placement of artwork at the Anacortes Middle School.