City now accepting arts funding applications

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Tacoma is now accepting Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork in any discipline and present that work through a free public component. Applications must be submitted online by Jan. 21.

“TAIP funding assists innovative, creative artists in their efforts to realize exhibitions, performances, and workshops that are free to the public,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “Tacoma’s artists are cultural and economic driving forces in our communities, and we are pleased to partner with them in their efforts.”

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated up to $65,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2015 and 2018 are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on Dec. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Room 243.

More details, including all eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply, are available at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps. Application guidelines are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

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