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.

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!

Pierce County artists are encouraged to submit existing original portable artworks for consideration of purchase and installation at the new Eastside Community Center in Tacoma. Eastside artists and residents, people who have strong historical connections to the Eastside, people of Indigenous ancestry, and/or people of immigrant and refugee communities are especially encouraged to participate. Media can include, but is not limited to: painting, drawing, works on paper, photography, printmaking, digital, collage, mosaics, fiber, mixed-media, and wall-mountable low-relief sculpture. This call is being managed by the City of Tacoma’s Arts Office.

Go to cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for more information.

Artist Eligibility:

  • Applicants must live in Pierce County
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • Panel will prioritize artists with a tie to the Eastside community
  • Applicants cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks Tacoma or the City of Tacoma.

Artwork Eligibility:

  • Submit up to 6 pieces of existing artwork available for purchase.
  • Artwork may be composed of multiple pieces hung together, and must be able to be hung on a wall.
  • Content/subject matter must be suitable for a general audience.
  • Artwork should be no smaller than 8” x 8”, no larger than 4’ x 4’, and no more than 6” deep. 
  • Artwork should be submitted unframed. Metro Parks will take care of any required framing.
  • Artwork must be an original artwork or signed and numbered limited edition.
  • Artwork must be durable, require little maintenance, and cannot require a power source or utilities.
  • Price cannot exceed $1,500 per artwork submitted (excluding taxes). 

Ends on November 6, 2017

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2018. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. Applications must be submitted using this online form by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2017. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.

The Arts Projects funding program financially supports a variety of high quality arts projects throughout Tacoma. This funding can be used for artistic presentations, activities, workshops or projects that are accessible to the general public. Admission may be charged to these programs, as long as the application demonstrates public benefit. The arts activity may be a one-time event or a small number of events that are closely related. It may also be an ongoing program or neighborhood public art project. Additional consideration will be given to projects that include other funding from individuals, businesses, or organizations, and that pay professional artists for their professional services.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Funding from year to year is not guaranteed. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.

Before applying, please read the full 2018 Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions at www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.