Tacoma Arts Commission News and Opportunities

Applications for 2019 arts projects funding now available

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2019. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2018.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of community festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances and workshops; film festivals; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions; and federally-recognized tribes or Native non-profits. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.

More details, including access to the online application form, are available at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps. Application guidelines are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.



Opportunities to volunteer for Tacoma Arts Commission

Individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and/or performing arts are invited to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission.

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the following positions on the Tacoma Arts Commission:

* One At-Large position – A person representative of acknowledged accomplishment or persons working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrate a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities

* Two Professional positions – Persons with professional experience or training related to the arts, originating from employment or study within the following disciplines: arts or art history, arts administration, architecture, art criticism, art education, curation, conservation, heritage arts, literature, music, new media, performing arts, public arts, visual arts, or a related field.

* One Working Professional Artist position– A person working as professional artist


The Commission consists of 15 volunteer members who are appointed by the Economic Development Committee and confirmed by the City Council to serve three-year terms. Members are Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the Municipal Art Program. The Commission’s functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.

The Tacoma Arts Commission strongly supports inclusion, equity and access. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural and other identity groups are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, October 15, 2018.


Call to visual artists – the City wants to buy your creations

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking to expand its Municipal Art Collection by purchasing colorful original portable artworks from Tacoma artists. Portable works can include 2-dimensional pieces and small-scale 3-dimensional pieces that fall within Artwork Eligibility guidelines as listed below. Media can include, but is not limited to: painting, drawing, works on paper, photography, printmaking, digital, collage, mosaics, fiber, mixed-media, and wall-mountable low-relief sculpture.

BUDGET: Up to $20,000 in total purchases, including any required framing

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15, 2018, 11:59 pm



Digital Images with Descriptions  – Up to 3 images of existing artworks that are available for purchase (1 image per artwork)

Artist bio in 250 words or less, describing yourself and your work


* Must live in Tacoma, WA.

* Must be 18 years or older

* Cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission or a panel member for this purchase opportunity

Panel will prioritize artists that are not currently represented in the portable collection, emerging artists, and artists from communities underrepresented in the collection


* Submit up to 3 pieces of existing artwork available for purchase

* Content/subject matter must be suitable for a general audience

* Must be able to be hung on a wall

* Artwork should be no smaller than 8” x 8” and no larger than 4’ x 4’. Artwork cannot extend further than 6” from the wall. Artwork may be composed of multiple pieces hung together

* Work should be submitted unframed. The Tacoma Arts Commission will take care of any required framing

* Must be an original artwork or signed and numbered limited edition

* Must be durable and require little maintenance

* Cannot require a power source or utilities such as an electrical outlet, batteries, or running water

* Price cannot exceed $1,500 per artwork submitted (excluding taxes)


Naomi Strom-Avila, 253-591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org

    – Tacoma Arts Commission