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 2020 Grants was November 12, 2019. 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.
2020 Grants Awarded
In the past 10 years, the Anacortes Arts Festival has given over $400,000 in grants alone. In addition to grants the Festival funds art education 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.
2020 grants, totaling over $25,000 include:
After School Youth Arts – Student workshops
Anacortes Family Center – Fine art and therapy programs
Anacortes Farmers Market – Live music program
Anacortes Parks & Recreation – Buskerfest 2020
ASD AHS/AMS Choir – Microphone replacement
ASD Elementary Schools – Artist in the classroom
ASD Fidalgo Elementary Music – Digital piano
ASD Middle School – After school circus arts program
ASD Mount Erie Elementary – Kiln with digital controller
Fidalgo Island Quilters – Kids quilting program
MoNA- Youth education program
Seahawk Music Boosters – Band instrument collection
Skagit Community Band – Soloist sponsorship
Skagit River Poetry Foundation – Poets in classrooms
Skagit River Poetry Foundation – Poetry retreat for students
Skagit Symphony – School concerts