Tacoma artists encouraged to apply for TAIP grant

The City of Tacoma is accepting applications for funding from the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) through 5 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2013, from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork and present that work through a free public component.

“In the past, funded artists have helped Tacoma residents connect to a rich array of public exhibits, film screenings, readings, workshops, performances and more,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “We’re excited to see what the new year brings.”

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2009 and 2012 are not eligible to apply.

More details, including information on other eligibility requirements and the application form, are available online at tacomaculture.org/arts/funding.asp. Application forms are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on Jan. 9, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 9th floor, Visibility Center Conference Room.

A temporary installation entitled "Words" by Tacoma artist James Grayson Sinding opened in Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma last year thanks in part to a grant from Spaceworks Tacoma and the Tacoma Arts Commission's Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)