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The field of public art is competitive. Often, talented artists are faced with a ‘Catch 22’ - an artist needs experience working in the public realm to be selected for public art opportunities, but how does someone obtain that experience? An artist may have entry-level experience, but this does not always help one progress to the “next level”. PARC is designed to provide artists with the training and experience necessary to be competitive when applying for public art projects locally, regionally and nationally. 

Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking Pierce County artists with an active studio practice, who wish to learn how to develop artwork for the public realm, to participate in a ‘hands-on’ public art education program. Artists may work in a variety of disciplines and may or may not have previous public art experience. 

The training, which is free of charge to selected artists, is valued at approximately $4,300 per participant. Participating artists will create temporary projects and have the opportunity to apply and compete for one or more of at least five permanent public art projects averaging $30,000 each, funded by Metro Parks and the City of Tacoma. Artists will participate in five day-long workshops, in preparation for a cycle of public art commission applications and interviews. Training sessions will be Saturdays late March-May 2020. Additional sessions and experiences will be scheduled, to include temporary projects and presentations, interviews for projects, field trips, peer discussion groups, and one-on-one mentorship as needed. 



  • Applicants must live in Pierce County, WA 
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • Applicants must apply as an individual
  • Applicants must have an active art practice, in any medium, producing artwork on a regular basis
  • Applicants must be interested in creating permanent public artworks
  • Applicants must commit to attending all 5 training sessions, which will take place Saturdays late March-May 2020 (we will work with selected artists to schedule sessions, please contact staff prior to applying if you have any concerns)
  • Applicants cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks or the City of Tacoma
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