Music is the conjuring of the past ideas made new, and the end result is the sharing with others, fellow musicians, conductor, and, of course, the audience. A shared experience that can touch the heart, the mind, the soul of one and all listeners for that moment in time to unite us all in community – those who make the music and those who listen. Music cannot be solitary; rather, music is the embodiment of community, striving for harmony yet requiring individuality in the midst of mutuality.
– Rosalie Romano
The Anacortes Arts Foundation has had a long history with several changes of course along the way. Many of its projects have spun off into still existent organizations of their own.
The origins of the Anacortes Arts Foundation were in 1961. The organization began as the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival. The Festival quickly grew into one of the state's leading local arts organizations, serving thousands of people. A permanent art collection, gathered via purchase awards selected from juried shows, was hailed as one of the best small collections in the State of Washington. The collection was the beginning of the Festival’s Anacortes Art Gallery in 1969. The original Gallery was in the basement of the Anacortes Museum. Later the Gallery and the Festival office were located on Commercial Avenue.