The City of Tacoma's Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality plays a vital role in supporting Tacoma's arts and cultural sector. Our office:

  • manages Tacoma Creates, which supports access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences
  • manages the City's public art collection as well as public art projects for partner organizations
  • funds arts and cultural community programming and individual artists
  • produces a variety of public programs that enhance and contribute to Tacoma's local economy

For more information about the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, visit  

For a full list of current opportunities, visit

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work diligently to positively impact our community with their passion, innovation, and commitment to the arts. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

Please note, award recipients from past years cannot be considered for nomination again.


  • Community Outreach by an Individual - Community outreach, engagement, and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  • Community Outreach by an Organization - Community outreach, engagement, and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  • Arts Patron - A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma


The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations from the public of individuals, organizations, and patrons who meet the above criteria. Simply fill out the following form to submit a nomination. The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee's community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee, not by the number of times the nominee was nominated. 

The 2022 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Wednesday, October 5, at STAR Center, 3873 S 66th St, Tacoma, WA 98409.

All 2022 AMOCAT Arts Awards nominees will be shared publicly on the Tacoma Arts Month website at


Community Outreach by an Individual

  • 2019 Aya Hashiguchi Clark and Randy Clark
  • 2018 Jackie Casella
  • 2017 Michael Haeflinger
  • 2016 Christopher Paul Jordan
  • 2015 Connie K Walle
  • 2014 Jessica Spring
  • 2013 David Domkoski
  • 2012 Katy Evans
  • 2011 Stella Haioulani
  • 2010 Oliver Doriss
  • 2009 William Kupinse
  • 2008 Linda Danforth
  • 2007 Lance Kagey & Tom Llewellyn
  • 2006 Laura and Matt Eklund
  • 2005 Jared Pappas-Kelley & Michael S. Lent
  • 2004 Lynn Di Nino

Community Outreach by an Organization

  • 2019 Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.)
  • 2018 Tacoma Little Theatre
  • 2017 Monkeyshines
  • 2016 Tacoma Youth Symphony Association
  • 2015 Tacoma Public Library
  • 2014 Asia Pacific Cultural Center
  • 2013 Puget Sound Book Artists
  • 2012 The Grand Cinema
  • 2011 D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts
  • 2010 Fab-5
  • 2009 Hilltop Artists
  • 2008 King's Books
  • 2007 Victory Music 
  • 2006 Barefoot Studios
  • 2005 Tacoma School of the Arts AMOCAT Arts Awards Overview
  • 2004 Tacoma Art Museum & Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact

Arts Patron

  • 2019 Tacoma Creates Campaign
  • 2018 MultiCare Health System
  • 2017 Tacoma Housing Authority
  • 2016 Metro Parks Tacoma
  • 2015 University of Washington Tacoma
  • 2014 ArtsFund
  • 2013 Erivan and Helga Haub and family
  • 2012 Key Bank
  • 2011 The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • 2010 Urban Grace Church
  • 2009 City Arts
  • 2008 Hotel Murano
  • 2007 The Weekly Volcano
  • 2006 6th Avenue Business District
  • 2005 Pierce Transit
  • 2004 Sound Transit Art Program

Are you a creative or an artist that lives in and has a working studio and/or a performance space in Tacoma? Help us advance the visibility of arts and culture in Tacoma by applying to participate in our 19th annual Tacoma Studio Tour! The Tacoma Studio Tour is an exciting opportunity to invite the public in to your working studio or performance space, give demonstrations of how you make your work, or host a hands-on or interactive activity with the community!

Studios will be open on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 11 am to 5 pm. You can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. There is no fee to apply and/or participate in the Tacoma Studio Tour.

By applying for the Tacoma Studio Tour, and if accepted, you are making a commitment to participate in the event, short of extreme life circumstances. The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality will communicate with applicants along the way regarding any pandemic-related updates. Based on the unforeseeable state of the pandemic this fall, we will set and publicly share any health and safety requirements required to participate in the studio tour (such as a requirement for all participants to wear masks) in late summer. All participating artists, creatives, and attendees will be required to adhere to the set health and safety requirements. Artists and creatives cannot set their own specialized requirements for the public to enter their studio.

See more information and a full call to artists at


  • You must live within the Tacoma city limits and/or your working studio must be located within the Tacoma city limits
  • Your work must be created, performed, and/or handmade by you; not commercially acquired and/or appropriated
  • You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on or      interactive activity for attendees
  • You must actively promote the Studio Tour to your own contacts (the Tacoma Arts Commission will provide some electronic and print publicity materials that you are encouraged to use).

If you would like to be a guest at another studio, the above guidelines still apply. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis.

Creatives and artists who identify as members of the Global Majority, Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BBIPOC), African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American (ALAANA) communities; economically or socio-economically marginalized communities; LGBTQIA+ communities, and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

City of Tacoma - Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality