Ends on September 6, 2017

Call Summary

The City of Tacoma is seeking an individual to act as an Artist in Residence (AiR) for 14 months, November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. The AiR will be embedded within the City, and will work collaboratively with staff to find creative ways to address homelessness and related issues in Tacoma. This residency is both proactive and responsive – the artist will be expected to equally address issues of Creative Site Reclamation and issues of Creative Prevention and Community Engagement.


Creative Site Reclamation

The AiR will act as an on-call artist and designer to help develop solutions for creative placemaking and site reclamation, to reclaim areas as positive community space.

Creative Prevention and Community Engagement

The AiR will work on creative solutions to address issues in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness practically, emotionally, socially, or otherwise; and lead community engagement to create a more empathetic relationship with community members who are not experiencing homelessness.



  • Applicant(s) must be a resident of the US. Applicants residing outside of Pierce, King, Thurston, or Kitsap counties at the time of application must be willing to relocate to Tacoma for the duration of the residency.
  • Applicant(s) must apply as a single artist.
  • Applicant(s) cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission or an employee of the City of Tacoma.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to commit to a minimum average of 30 hours per week for the duration of the residency.
  • Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older and not a full-time student during the residency.


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

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