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.

About this Survey

Tacoma-based arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations that provide public programming in Tacoma are invited to complete the Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey. This survey is intended to help the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality understand the field of organizations who may be eligible to apply for Tacoma Creates funding. It will also help us plan appropriate Tacoma Creates funding programs and capacity building opportunities. 

Only one person per organization should complete this survey. 

Organizations are strongly encouraged to complete this survey by Monday, May 20, 2019  in order to help build the most informed funding programs possible.  Surveys will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. All organizations that intend to apply for Tacoma Creates funding will be required to complete this survey first. 

Please help spread the word about this survey and share the survey link with other Tacoma-based arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations!

What's next?

All survey respondents will receive email communication about upcoming Tacoma Creates funding applications, workshops, and programming. 

The first round of Tacoma Creates funding will be focused on planning and sustainability and will include in-depth data gathering and participation in capacity building opportunities. Applications for this funding will be available in early summer 2019.

Applications for broader Tacoma Creates funding programs will be available in late 2019 for funding in 2020. 

What is Tacoma Creates?

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Tacoma Creates was established to expand equity and access to Tacoma’s arts, culture, science and heritage programs. Examples of public benefits include:

  • Increased opportunities for children and youth through before and after school, and summer programs
  • Financial and technical support for community programs, events, and activities
  • Free and reduced-price tickets, admission, and memberships to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences, with a focus on lower income families and public school students

Find out more about Tacoma Creates at www.cityoftacoma.org/TacomaCreates. 

Tacoma Creates Eligibility

Under state law, eligibility for Tacoma Creates funding extends to any 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization in Tacoma, whose primary purpose is the advancement and preservation of science or technology, the visual or performing arts, zoology, botany, anthropology, heritage, or natural history. These organizations must also have at least a two-year track record of directly providing programming or experiences available to the general public. Programs and projects can be fiscally sponsored by eligible organizations. 

Excluded from eligibility is any agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions; any municipal corporation; any organization that raises funds for redistribution to multiple cultural organizations; and any radio or television broadcasting network or station, cable communications system, internet-based communications venture or service, newspaper, or magazine. 

Questions? 

Email contact@tacomacreates.com

The City of Tacoma, in partnership with the Port of Tacoma, is seeking an artist or artist team to create an iconic Centennial artwork for the Port. The artwork should celebrate and tell the story of the Port, and be informed by the Port’s rich history as a regional economic engine and international connector. The artwork will be located at Fireman’s Park in downtown Tacoma, WA (801 A Street). This opportunity is funded by the Port of Tacoma, and will be managed by the City’s Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality.

See the full Call to Artists at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicant(s) must live in Washington State, Oregon, or California. 
  • Applicant(s) can apply as a single artist or as an artist team.
  • Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older and not a full-time student.
  • Applicant(s) must be a professional artist.
  • Applicant(s) cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission, or an employee of the City or Port.

People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply. 

QUESTIONS? Contact Rebecca Solverson Rebecca.solverson@cityoftacoma.org 253-591-5564

City of Tacoma - Arts Program