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


The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) was established in 1999 to encourage the contributions made by individual artists within the city of Tacoma. The goals of the program are to recognize creative expression of the artists in our community, financially assist artists in generating new work and growing their skills, and engage the broader community through free public components presented by the funded artists. Artists working in all disciplines including literary, performing, new media, visual arts, and interdisciplinary are encouraged to apply. Only one application per artist will be accepted.

TAIP funding awards are $3,000 and are determined through a competitive application process. The number of contracts awarded will be based on the availability of funds.

Before applying, please read the full Application Guidelines at   

City of Tacoma - Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality