The Arts Festival is very honored to be the recipient of the Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award this year. The award is given by the Anacortes School District to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to arts education in our school district.
The Board and Staff at the Arts Festival work hard every day to support art for our community, with a focus on art for kids. It is our pleasure to create funding opportunities for Local Artists in Schools, field trips to theatre and music venues, plays presented in schools, instruments, art supplies and so much more.
Our partnership with the Anacortes School District is one that we are proud to keep growing. This award is very special to us and we are thankful to Tina Franulovich-Martin, Dr. Mark Wenzel, Carl Delutri, Jim Thompson, Candice Reid, all of the teachers teaching art to our kids, the artists supporting them and the students for engaging in the programs we sponsor. Thank you!
Oh, and the event received a little press in the Skagit Valley Herald!
The Evening of Color auction, Art of Shopping event and fine art sales raised over $25,000 for arts education in the Anacortes School District. This money will bring artists into classrooms, provide funding and transportation for kids to see cultural performances and purchase art equipment and supplies. Thank you to everyone who came to our events and purchased art or raised their paddle in support of kids.
Anacortes school children are the benefactors of our April Art in Bloom Events. Through these events the Festival funds the Anacortes School District Cultural Education program, visiting artists in the schools – as well as individual grants for supplies, equipment and education in art, music, and drama for k-12 students. During March, district seconds graders were bussed to the Mt Baker Theater in Bellingham, where they were treated to a production of BFG (Big Friendly Giant) thanks to a Festival grant. Join us in supporting these efforts by participating in our Art in Bloom events.
The Anacortes Arts Festival ended its year by granting over $42,000 for 2016, in its Giving Back Grant Program. With over $75,000 in requests, the board approved 21 projects that fund arts education, programming and project support. Through its April events, the board has committed additional funding for the Anacortes School District Cultural Arts Program. The Festival also supports public art projects through the annual Art Dash and Color Run, in partnership with the City of Anacortes. 2016 “Giving Back” grants include
ACME Creative Space – High School student art exhibition – $500
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club – fine art program – $3,500
Anacortes Family Center – music therapy program – $5,000
Anacortes Farmers Market – Farmers Market music – $1,500
Anacortes Fidalgo Culture – Tommy Thompson mural restoration – $500
Anacortes Music Channel – Steam on Wheels project – $750
Anacortes Parks & Recreation – Open Streets Buskerfest – $1,000
Anacortes High School – 3D Hidden Narratives glass project – $1,400
Anacortes High School/Middle School Choirs – piano purchase – $2,500
Anacortes Middle School Drama Club – stage backdrops & wings – $1,000
Fidalgo Elementary School – art library and creative spaces – $1,300
Fidalgo Danceworks – June dance performance – $4,000
Fidalgo Island Quilters – youth quilting program – $3,150
Friends of the Anacortes Public Library – Just for Teens program – $1,000
MoNA Link – education outreach program – $6,000
Mt Erie PTA – gratitude graffiti project – $500
Seahawk Music Boosters – band instrument collection – $1,500
Seahawk Music Boosters – music program headliner concert – $2,000
Skagit Artists Together – 2016 studio tour – $500
Skagit River Poetry Foundation – Spoken Words project – $3,000
Skagit Symphony – 5th grade educational concert series – $1,750
We have just finished an amazing partnership with the Anacortes School District, where we were able to take a large scale, collaborative art project to three elementary schools. Art for the Sky involved all of the students at Island View, Mt. Erie and Fidalgo. At each school, an art piece was created on the field and then the almost 1500 students and staff played the part of paint drops. The Arts Festival is proud to be able to bring these unique art experiences to the school district through our Giving Program.
Here is the story in the Anacortes American. And, to learn more about Art for the Sky, visit Daniel Dancer’s website.
We are currently accepting grant applications for 2016 and invite new ideas for art in our schools and in our community.
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. Applications for art related projects and organizations are being accepted through November 4th, 2015.
The Arts Festival is looking to fund a well-balanced group of grant requests and projects that involve a diverse group of people and art activities. Nearly $80,000 in funding was committed in 2015 to support the arts in Anacortes.
Since 1994, the Giving Back program has provided more than $600,000 to art related projects and organizations in our community. For more information about the Anacortes Arts Festival’s Giving Back program, visit …Giving Back…Grants.
The Festival is supporting the Museum of Northwest Art MoNA Link Program with an $8,000 grant this year. We are thrilled that MoNA is partnering with us in our Arts at the Port Youth Art Show, showcasing work from that program. Be sure to visit the Port Transit Shed to see this show (as well as our other Fine Art Exhibits).
MoNA Link provides comprehensive art education for students in pre-k through middle school throughout Skagit County. They work with teachers to provide professional development and classroom art projects and students who visit the museum 3 times a year.
PE Instructor Val Holtgeerts teaches a 3-4 week circus unit to some of her Mt. Erie students. To enhance her passion for circus art, she came up with the idea that it would be great to add some professional training to the unit. With a grant from the Arts Festival’s Giving Back Program, she was able to offer the 4 – 6th grade students an opportunity to explore Circus Arts at a new level.
The students worked hard on their circus skills and some of them became mini-experts in their new talents. The Arts Festival Board loves to fund creative art opportunities for children and appreciates Val’s creative thinking in asking us to enhance this program.
In 2015, the Arts Festival has granted more than $80,000 to art education, art projects and public art in our community.
… Giving Back .. Grants
The Art in Bloom Auction not only brought a night of amazing art and good times, but it also brought good news for art programs in our schools. The generosity of everyone in attendance led to a very successful fundraising effort by the Arts Festival Board, Staff and Volunteers.
We were able to raise enough money through a Live Auction, a Silent Auction of vases designed by local artists, and Fine Art Sales to fund the ASD Cultural Education Program for 2015 – 2016. And, through commitments during Raise the Paddle, we funded a monumental collaborative art project that will take place in all three of our elementary schools this Fall. Stay tuned for more information about Art for the Sky. A total of almost $20,000 will be granted to art in our schools from our April Events.
The Arts Festival is committed to helping the Anacortes School District keep art and cultural education alive for our students.
… Giving Back .. Grants