Arts Commission funds 19 community projects

Arts Commission funding will help ensure that culturally important events continue in Tacoma. Here, Du Ly drums and the Red Lion dances during Trung Thu 2017. Photo courtesy of Chùa Phước Huệ Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation and Cultural Center

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2018 public outreach projects in the fields of dance, craft, music, visual, literary, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,250 to $5,000.

“Tacoma’s creative community is flourishing, and these grants were quite competitive,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “The recipients reflect a mix of established and new organizations that are collectively elevating this city with dynamic programming. I am particularly excited to be supporting projects that engage a wider variety of underserved communities.”

The Arts Projects Funding Program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Arts Projects is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, a historical arts and crafts demonstration series, cultural education programming, two dance workshop series and performances, a program using arts and cultural practice to address food justice, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, and community engagement events.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP)

The TAIP is a biennial program to support individual artists who reside in Tacoma in their creation of new artwork and presentation of that work with the citizens of Tacoma.

2017-18 TAIP funding recipients: Anida Yoeu Ali, Travis Barker, Priscilla Dobler, Daniel Garcia, Antonio Gomez, Mark Hoppmann, Maria Jost, Anne Lyman, Kevin Miller, Elise Richman, Mauricio Robalino, Jessica Spring, Nicholas Stokes, Kenji Stoll, Masahiro Sugano, Qin Tan, Collin Veenstra and Ben Wildenhaus.

Arts Projects

Arts Projects is an annual program created to financially support a variety of high quality arts projects throughout Tacoma.

2018 Arts Projects funding recipients: Asia Pacific Cultural Center – Asia Pacific New Year Celebration featuring Korea; Barefoot Collective – Move It! modern dance workshop series for teens and adults; Broadway Center for the Performing Arts – expanded cultural immersion programs for youth; Centro Latino – Latin arts community engagement projects; Chùa Phước Huệ’s Volunteer Team – Vietnamese Moon Festival; Fort Nisqually Foundation – Crafts of the Past artist-in-residence program; Groundswell Arts Collective – a program using arts and cultural practice to address food justice; Hilltop Business Association – Hilltop Street Fair; King’s Bookstore – Tacoma Wayzgoose letterpress and book arts festival; Latinx Unidos of the South Sound – Festival Latinx; Metropolitan Glass – Monkeyshine Project; Northwest Repertory Singers – Celebrate! Treasured Memories and New Visions concert; Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma – music recital series; Puyallup Tribe of Indians – cultural education programming supporting the Puyallup Tribal hosting of Canoe Journey 2018; Tacoma Concert Band – 2018 “Celebration” season concerts; Tacoma Refugee Choir – community sing-along; Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center – classical ballet and West African drumming and dance classes and performance; Washington State Historical Society – In the Spirit 2018 including a Northwest Native art market and festival; and Write253 – Louder Than a Bomb-Tacoma: The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival.

In the Spirit Northwest Native Art Market at Washington State History Museum is an annual favorite that will receive more funding this year.

Arts Anchor Fund

This biennial program supports and stabilizes established arts organizations in Tacoma with budgets greater than $250,000.

2017-2018 Arts Anchor Fund organizations: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, NW Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera and Tacoma Youth Symphony.

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