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Our Mission

We believe that the richness of artistic expression can help create a sustainable economy.

The San Juan County Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 organization that works to promote and integrate the artistic resources of the county for the creative economic development, education and overall well-being of the community.

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The San Juan County Arts Council started as a response to the economic crash in 2008. The Community Foundation gave a starting grant to get this organization "on board" with the over 400 other Art Councils around the country. This mission then and now was to help promote community and cultural sustainability. The arts council idea resonated with several task force groups and became a full-fledged organization in 2011. The San Juan Summer Arts Festival was founded in 2016 as the primary fundraiser for the SJCAC. In 2018 the SJCAC gave it’s first grant ever in the sum of $1000.00 to the Funhouse Commons on Orcas Island, WA.


Get Involved

The San Juan County Arts Council is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to all the arts in the county. Every donation, in any amount, helps us enrich our islands with art and its benefits. Donations help us educate both our children and adults with imaginative expression, and help the organization grow in a greater overall sense to become more self-sustaining and self fulfilling.

The Arts Council is continuously seeking funds from foundations, grants and the community to help support and serve all San Juan County arts, arts organizations and art patrons here and beyond by promoting our creativity, connecting and supporting our multiple art activities/performances, increasing public awareness of our unique artistic expression and bringing visitors to the islands to participate in our artistic resources.



Demonstrate your commitment to arts in San Juan County by becoming a member! Just contact us for more information. 

Volunteer opportunities

The San Juan County Arts Council is young and growing – we need lots of volunteer help to make our vision a reality.

Make a Donation

One of the easiest ways to get involved is to make a contribution.



Board meetings are open to the public and are held each month via conference call and quarterly on San Juan, Orcas or Lopez on a rotating basis. Times vary depending upon the location and ferry schedule, but the meetings usually take place midday. The annual meeting is held in November; time and location TBA.




Robert O'Connell

Sean O'Connell


Colleen Stewart


Karen Woldtvedt

Anna Noel

Maria Michaelson

Claire Wright