ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2018

  • Great exhibitions on the theme THE FEMALE GAZE Woman as Visionary and Creator.
  • Conversations with Gee’s Bend in the national press.
  • Enthusiastic participation by local quilting community including potholders and orchestrating the Quilt Walk = PR and revenue.
  • Expanding FAD to spring, summer, Fall and Winter.
  • Grants from SJICF, participation in their breakfast of Champions, Cornerstone Foundation presentations and chosen for County Fair matching funds.
  • Raised $30,000 above last year with no signature event.
  • Will end the year with 6000 visitors, with 60% of them from outside the county.  Lodging “value” to the county of at least $656,000 in hotel rooms.
  • Recognized as “part of the infrastructure of the Town of Friday Harbor,” in part because we cleared our debt in 2017.
  • Received a piano for events and published our first exhibition catalogue in many months.
  • Hired two part time front desk people.
  • Hospitality committee formed.
  • Raised over $200,000 for art in the schools over the last six years.
  • Participated in the Arts Summit in May and providing leadership in 2019
  • LTAC grants from Town.
  • Working on cooperative advertising with SJCT and joint projects with them and the Whale Museum.
  • Switched Artists’ Registry to member-based exhibition.