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City of Tacoma Artist in Residence

Deadline: September 6, 2017, 11:59 PM
Budget: $4,000 monthly stipend, plus material costs

Call to Artists

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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.


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.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Solverson, Public Art Specialist, 253-591-5564, rebecca.solverson@cityoftacoma.org

Submission Process

Eligible artists interested in this opportunity must submit the following items via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit

1.   Short Written Responses 
Please submit responses to the following questions:
Why are you interested in this project? 
Describe your experience with homelessness and/or working with individuals experiencing homelessness.
What is your experience working with and designing outdoor spaces? If you do not have any direct experience as a landscape architect or designer, what skills or experience would allow you to be successful in this residency? 
How have you successfully engaged community in past projects?
Anything else you want to tell us? (optional)

2.   Professional Resume and Three References
Resume should not exceed three pages and should include the names, titles, addresses, emails and phone numbers of three professional references. 

3.   Three Case Studies 
Send us 3 case studies of past projects with short descriptions. At least one case study should show how you work with community, and at least one should show your skill designing and implementing landscapes. 

Samples uploaded for each case study can include videos, articles, images, marketing materials, project webpages, screenshots, lesson plans, planning documents, etc. – anything that helps tell the story of a relevant past project in a complete and nuanced way. Samples can be uploaded as separate files (5 maximum) or combined into a single document or video. After reviewing your case studies, we should understand your working style, aesthetic, and how your past work relates to this residency. 

The panel will review up to three (3) minutes of each video and audio clip, and up to five (5) pages of each document submitted. If uploading a longer video or audio file, indicate what time into the start of the URL or digital file the panel should begin review. If submitting a longer document, indicate which pages the panel should review. If work is presented as part of a collaboration, explain your role in the larger project and credit design team or individual collaborators by name and role (e.g. landscape architect).

2017 Tacoma Arts Month Activities

Tacoma Arts Month activity photos

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our 16th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on the Tacoma Arts Month website. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, electronic newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

To Qualify

Your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October. 


The deadline for the first round of submissions is August 7, 2017. We will accept activities on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by August 7th will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.


To Participate

Fill out the online submission form at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.



Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards Nominations

AMOCAT Arts AwardNomination Deadline
August 2, 2017, 11:59 PM

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation, and commitment to the arts. 


The three award categories are:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual - Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization - Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron - A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee's community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee. 

Mayor Strickland will present the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on October 4.


Past award winners cannot be considered for nomination.


In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, Jessica Spring, Connie K. Walle, and Christopher Paul Jordan.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King's Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Public Library, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, University of Washington Tacoma, and Metro Parks Tacoma.


How to Make a Nomination

Fill out the online nomination form at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit


Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

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