The Tacoma Arts Commission and its staff play a vital role in supporting Tacoma's arts and cultural programs. They encourage the development of the local arts community through the administration of arts and cultural funding programs, managing the City's public art collection, and producing a variety of public programs that enhance and contribute to Tacoma's local economy.

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About this Survey

Tacoma-based arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations that provide public programming in Tacoma are invited to complete the Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey. This survey is intended to help the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality understand the field of organizations who may be eligible to apply for Tacoma Creates funding. It will also help us plan appropriate Tacoma Creates funding programs and capacity building opportunities. 

Only one person per organization should complete this survey. 

Organizations are strongly encouraged to complete this survey by Monday, May 20, 2019  in order to help build the most informed funding programs possible.  Surveys will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. All organizations that intend to apply for Tacoma Creates funding will be required to complete this survey first. 

Please help spread the word about this survey and share the survey link with other Tacoma-based arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations!

What's next?

All survey respondents will receive email communication about upcoming Tacoma Creates funding applications, workshops, and programming. 

The first round of Tacoma Creates funding will be focused on planning and sustainability and will include in-depth data gathering and participation in capacity building opportunities. Applications for this funding will be available in early summer 2019.

Applications for broader Tacoma Creates funding programs will be available in late 2019 for funding in 2020. 

What is Tacoma Creates?

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Tacoma Creates was established to expand equity and access to Tacoma’s arts, culture, science and heritage programs. Examples of public benefits include:

  • Increased opportunities for children and youth through before and after school, and summer programs
  • Financial and technical support for community programs, events, and activities
  • Free and reduced-price tickets, admission, and memberships to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences, with a focus on lower income families and public school students

Find out more about Tacoma Creates at 

Tacoma Creates Eligibility

Under state law, eligibility for Tacoma Creates funding extends to any 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization in Tacoma, whose primary purpose is the advancement and preservation of science or technology, the visual or performing arts, zoology, botany, anthropology, heritage, or natural history. These organizations must also have at least a two-year track record of directly providing programming or experiences available to the general public. Programs and projects can be fiscally sponsored by eligible organizations. 

Excluded from eligibility is any agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions; any municipal corporation; any organization that raises funds for redistribution to multiple cultural organizations; and any radio or television broadcasting network or station, cable communications system, internet-based communications venture or service, newspaper, or magazine. 



Use this form to submit October arts and culture events for inclusion in Tacoma Arts Month promotions. 

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, electronic newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

The deadline for the first round of submissions is August 5, 2019. We will accept activities on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by August 5th will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.

To Qualify:

Your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To Participate:

Fill out the following form. If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out an individual form for each event. The Tacoma Arts Month calendar of programming is populated from the information provided in each submission form, and therefore each event must be submitted separately.

This is NOT the application for the Tacoma Studio Tour; the application deadline for the Tacoma Studio Tour has already passed.

Questions? Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or or Chevi Chung at (253) 591-5171 or

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 2019 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Wednesday, October 2nd.


Community Outreach by an Individual 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality (OACV) is developing a Creative Communications Roster for commercial design and media services that the City, Tacoma Creates, neighborhood and community groups, partners, and the public can select from for direct-hire opportunities. This roster is an effort to support independent creatives and small firms, in alignment with Strategy 1.C of the OACV’s 5-year plan, ArtFull Tacoma: Grow and sustain the creative economy by identifying and developing creative growth sectors (p. 40). 

The Creative Communications Roster is meant to be inclusive of different styles and experience levels. If accepted, creatives will have their information included on the roster, which will be publically available. This roster is meant for commercial, client-based work, rather than original artistic creations. The needs for each opportunity will vary. Applicants may apply as an individual or team/firm of up to 5 people.


  • Applicant(s) must reside within the official city limits of Tacoma, WA. If applicants are applying as a firm, the firm’s address should be in Tacoma. To check if you reside within the official City of Tacoma limits, please use this map:
  • Applicant(s) can apply as an individual or as a team/firm of up to 5 people. Firms that employ more than 5 people are not eligible.
  • Applicant(s) cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission or employee of the City of Tacoma.
  • Applicant(s) must be 18 or older.
  • Successful applicant(s) must have a City of Tacoma business license while they are on the roster.
  • People who are members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are especially encouraged to apply.

To see the full call go to

City of Tacoma - Arts Program