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

  • 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 Arts & Cultural Vitality Division, visit cityoftacoma.org/arts.  

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

The Tacoma Arts Commission invites Tacoma artists and creatives, working in all artistic disciplines and mediums, to apply for the Tacoma Studio Tour and/or Arts at the Armory. You only need to fill out this one application to be considered for either or both events. 

About the Tacoma Studio Tour

The Tacoma Studio Tour is an exciting opportunity to invite the public into a working studio or performance space, give demonstrations of how you make your work, or host a simple interactive activity with the community. This tour emphasizes raising awareness of artists and creatives and providing opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. Your working studio and/or performance space must be located in Tacoma. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis. Artists and creatives are also welcome to participate as guests in someone else's studio or creative working space. There is no fee to apply and/or participate in the Tacoma Studio Tour.

The Tacoma Studio Tour is happening on Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 11 am – 5 pm. You can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. While not required, we encourage you to have work for sale; no commission will be taken on any sales, and you will handle any sale of your work directly. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email communications, social media posts, and an interactive website and map. We will also produce a printed mailer for the Tacoma Studio Tour. We kindly require each participating artist and creative to actively promote the Tacoma Studio Tour to their own contacts; we will provide publicity materials for this use. Thanks for your support!

This year, we will be continuing the Studio Tour Passport program as an incentive for people to visit new and/or multiple studios. Each studio space will receive a unique stamp to indicate guests’ attendance. You are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.
 

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. You are not required to provide an interactive experience or demonstration at this event. There is no fee to apply and/or participate in Arts at the Armory.

The event will be held Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 11 am – 5 pm, inside the spacious Tacoma Armory (1001 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma). You can choose to participate on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. 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, we encourage you to have work for sale; no commission will be taken on any sales, and you will handle any sale of your work directly. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email communications and social media posts, as well as a printed postcard for Arts at the Armory. We kindly require participating artists and creatives to actively promote Art at the Armory to their own contacts. We will provide you with all the publicity materials you need to make this easy and effective. Thanks for your support!

You will be responsible for setting up, being present, staffing, and tearing down your own space. All displays and setups must be freestanding (no wall attachments allowed) and fit within the allotted space. You are not allowed to provide and/or sell food or beverages to the public or have any open flames. 


Eligibility:
 The following eligibility criteria applies for both the Tacoma Studio Tour and Arts at the Armory:
 

  • You must live within the Tacoma city limits and/or your regular working studio or performance space must be located within the Tacoma city limits. 
  • Your work must be created, performed, and/or made by you; not commercially acquired and/or      appropriated

If applying for the Tacoma Studio Tour and you would like to be a guest at another artist’s studio location, the eligibility guidelines listed above still apply. Each artist or creative in a group studio needs to submit their own application, work samples, and artist statement.

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 with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
The deadline for applications is Friday, June 28, 2024 by 11:59 pm

All applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of work and the overall variety of artistic disciplines and work represented. The Tacoma Studio Tour will also take into account geographic diversity of the studio locations. By applying for the Tacoma Studio Tour and/or Arts at the Armory, and if accepted, you are making a commitment to participate in the event(s), unless serious circumstances occur that make your participation not possible.
 

Eligible artists and creatives interested in either of these opportunities must fill out this online application form.

Questions? Contact Daniel Garcia at (253) 453-9793 or dgarcia2@cityoftacoma.org.