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

Use this form to submit October arts and culture events for inclusion in Tacoma Arts Month promotions. This is NOT the application for the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Please note: Multiple events must be submitted separately. Thanks!
Ends on August 2, 2017

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 nominated 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 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on October 4, 2017.


Community Outreach by an Individual

  • 2004 Lynn Di Nino
  • 2005 Jared Pappas-Kelley & Michael S. Lent
  • 2006 Laura and Matt Eklund
  • 2007 Lance Kagey & Tom Llewellyn
  • 2008 Linda Danforth
  • 2009 William Kupinse
  • 2010 Oliver Doriss
  • 2011 Stella Haioulani
  • 2012 Katy Evans
  • 2013 David Domkoski
  • 2014 Jessica Spring
  • 2015 Connie K Walle
  • 2016 Christopher Paul Jordan

Community Outreach by an Organization

  • 2004 Tacoma Art Museum & Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact
  • 2005 Tacoma School of the Arts AMOCAT Arts Awards Overview
  • 2006 Barefoot Studios
  • 2007 Victory Music 2008 King's Books
  • 2009 Hilltop Artists
  • 2010 Fab-5
  • 2011 D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts
  • 2012 The Grand Cinema
  • 2013 Puget Sound Book Artists
  • 2014 Asia Pacific Cultural Center
  • 2015 Tacoma Public Library
  • 2016 Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

Arts Patron

  • 2004 Sound Transit Art Program
  • 2005 Pierce Transit
  • 2006 6th Avenue Business District
  • 2007 The Weekly Volcano
  • 2008 Hotel Murano
  • 2009 City Arts
  • 2010 Urban Grace Church
  • 2011 The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • 2012 Key Bank
  • 2013 Erivan and Helga Haub and family
  • 2014 ArtsFund
  • 2015 University of Washington Tacoma
  • 2016 Metro Parks Tacoma