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 cityoftacoma.org/arts.  

For a full list of current opportunities, visit cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.

About Arts at the Armory:

Arts at the Armory is an arts market for Tacoma-based artists and creatives who would like to share and/or sell their work with the community, side by side with other creatives, all under the roof of the Tacoma Armory. This event is sponsored by Tacoma Arts Live.

The event will be held Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, inside the spacious 20,000 square foot Tacoma Armory (1001 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405). Artists and creatives can choose to participate on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. This event is free and family friendly.

Tacoma artists and creatives, working in all artistic disciplines and mediums, are invited to apply for this unique interactive arts experience. Artistic disciplines and mediums include, but are not limited to: music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, literary, video, design, digital, and dance.

Participating artists and creatives will be assigned a maximum of a 10’x10’ space (table and chair provided, if requested in advance), where they can share/demonstrate their work and talk about their creative practice with the general public. While not required, artists and creatives can have work for sale; no commission will be taken on any sales and artists and creatives will handle any sale of their work directly. Each participating artist and creative is required to actively promote Arts at the Armory to their own contacts; we will provide publicity materials for this use. Artists and creatives are not required to provide a hands-on experience or demonstration at this event. There is no fee to apply and/or participate in Arts at the Armory.

Each artist and creative will be responsible for setting up, being present, staffing, and tearing down their own space. All displays and set ups must be freestanding (no wall attachments allowed) and fit within the allotted space. No open flames are allowed. Artists and creatives are not allowed to provide and/or sell food or beverages to the public.

To help keep our community healthy, masks are required for all participating artists, creatives, staff, and attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

Deadline for applications is Sunday, October 23, 2022 by 11:59pm. All applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the overall variety of artistic disciplines and work represented. By applying for Arts at the Armory, and if accepted, you are making a commitment to participate in the event for the day(s) you signed up for, short of extreme life circumstances.

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.


Eligibility:

  • You must live within the Tacoma city limits and/or your regular working studio/space 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

ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS FUNDING
The Community Arts Projects funding program financially supports organizations and groups producing arts-focused community projects that are inclusive, accessible, and/or address equity issues. Projects must take place in Tacoma and can happen anytime between January 1 – December 31, 2023. This funding can be used for artistic presentations, activities, events, workshops, experiences, festivals, performances, or other projects that are accessible to the general public – either in-person and/or virtually. Admission may be charged for these projects, as long as the application demonstrates public benefit. The proposal may be for a one-time project, a number of projects that are closely related, or an annual or ongoing project. Collaborations between organizations and/or artists are encouraged but not required. Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c) non-profit nor are they required to use a fiscal sponsor.

Before applying, please read the full Application Guidelines at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.

City of Tacoma - Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality