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.
For more information and a full list of opportunities visit cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.
Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma and/or has a working studio in Tacoma? Do you want to open your studio to the public, demonstrate how you make your work, host a hands-on activity, and help raise the visibility of the arts in Tacoma? Apply to participate in our 16th annual Tacoma Studio Tour!
The Tacoma Arts
Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their
studios to the public for the Tacoma Studio Tour, one of the features of Tacoma
Arts Month this October. The emphasis of this tour is on raising visibility of
the arts and providing artistic opportunities for the community to connect to
the arts. We encourage artists to have work for sale. Studios will be open on
Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th from 11 am
to 5 pm. Artists can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. The
Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials
including email newsletters, blog posts, and an interactive website and map. We
will also produce a printed brochure for the Tacoma Studio Tour. The studio
tours are free to both the artists and visitors.
Due to very positive feedback from both visitors and artists alike, we will be bringing back the Studio Tour Passport this year. The purpose of the Passport is to encourage people to attend multiple studios and studios they’ve never been to before by incentivizing attendance. Studio Tour artists are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.
entity, ART BUS, is working on plans to provide a bus tour of studio locations.
Studio Tour artists will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a stop along
the bus tour route for a fee. More information about this optional service will
be provided to all Studio Tour artists later this summer.
Deadline for applications is Monday,
June 26, 2017, 11:59 pm.
Applicants will be juried in a competitive process by a sub-committee of the
Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the
overall diversity of the work presented, as well as geographic diversity of the
- You must live within the City of Tacoma limits and/or your working studio must be located within the City of Tacoma limits
- You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on activity for attendees
- You must actively promote the Studio Tour to your own contacts
If you would like to be a guest at another studio, the above guidelines still apply. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis.
People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.