The Anacortes Arts Festival is this year’s winner of the Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award given by the school district.
“This recognition is long overdue,” said Tina Franulovich-Martin, ASD’s cultural education coordinator. “For many years, the Anacortes Arts Festival has supported arts education in the school district.”
In 2016, the Festival granted $42,000 for 21 projects that fund arts education programming and support, including a piano purchase for the middle school/high school choir, an art library and creative spaces at Fidalgo Elementary, the education outreach program with the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), instrument support for the Seahawk Music Boosters and the Local Artist in the Schools (LAIS) program.
“More than any other organization in the community, the Anacortes Arts Festival is dramatically impacting the artistic lives of our students,” superintendent Dr. Mark Wenzel said.
Created in 1977, the annual Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or community organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District.
The Anacortes Arts Festival will be honored at a reception on Thursday, May 26 at 5 pm in the ASD board room.