In 2004 a small group of north central artists founded Whidbey Working Artists as a vehicle for promoting the visual arts and artists of central and north Whidbey Island. Since 2004 WWA has been organizing a tour annually and for a few years we promoted 2 tours. As the years have gone by there was a need to broaden the scope of the tour to include first the Freeland area and now to represent the visual artists all across Whidbey Island. Our mission is to share the arts and artists of Whidbey Island with the broader NW community. Whidbey Island is home to a large, vibrant, diverse community of artists. As an organization we believe that opening our studios offers visitors the opportunity to share in the process of how art is created and a glimpse of how artists inhabit their creative space. This shared experience between artists and visitors provides a stimulating creative conversation that enhances the arts while also educating and developing an appreciation for the handcrafted.