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

Tacoma Arts Month 2020: Cultivate Wonder & Care

During this unprecedented year, as we face economic, health, and racial equity crises, we invite Tacoma's creative community to consider how they can share a message of care and compassion with our community. Participating in Tacoma Arts Month is one way to do this.

Tacoma Arts Month 2020 is a care package to our community, offering sustenance for the spirit as well as modeling and encouraging care for each other in thought and action. Arts and culture invite us into a space of wonder, curiosity, and creativity, where we can imagine possibilities, encourage questions, engage in discourse, and spark insights. Let’s cultivate wonder and care in the heart of these challenging times.

Use this form to submit October arts and culture programming for inclusion in Tacoma Arts Month promotions.
The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts and culture programming - both virtual and in-person - that will be happening during Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of arts and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theatre, and film. Essentially, all artistic disciplines.

If you will be hosting a virtual or in-person program let us know using this form. Programming can include but is not limited to an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming. All programs should adhere to state and local health regulations. We will list your arts program 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 a variety of digital modes of communication.

The deadline for the first round of submissions is September 7, 2020. We will accept programming on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by September 7 will ensure that your program is included in the first round of information that will go out.

To Qualify:

Your arts programming 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 programs, please fill out an individual form for each program. The Tacoma Arts Month calendar of programming is populated from the information provided in each submission form, and therefore each program must be submitted separately.

Questions? Contact Chevi Chung at (253) 591-5171 or

The Community Arts Projects funding program financially supports a variety of arts projects happening throughout Tacoma anytime between January 1 – December 31, 2021. This funding can be used for artistic presentations, activities, kits, tutorials, workshops, experiences, or projects that are accessible to the general public – either physically (within state and local health regulations) and/or virtually. Admission may be charged to 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 ongoing project. Collaborations between organizations and/or artists are encouraged but not required.

Before applying, please read the full Application Guidelines at

City of Tacoma - Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality