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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
Ben Wildenhaus

Arts Projects

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


2017 Arts Projects Funding Recipients

Asia Pacific Cultural Center - 19th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration
Barefoot Collective - Body and Mind Series 
Centro Latino - 2017 Latin Arts Festival
Children's Museum of Tacoma - Art Sparks
Old Town Business and Professional Association - Classical Tuesdays in Old Town
Destiny City Film Festival - 4th Annual Destiny City Film Festival
Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma - McKinley Hill Street Fair
Fort Nisqually Foundation - Crafts of the Past
Foss Waterway Seaport - Festival of Sail and Contemporary Arts Programming
Hilltop Business Association - Hilltop Street Fair 2017
King's Bookstore - Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival
Morgan Family YMCA - Dance For Exceptional People 
Northwest Repertory Singers - Celebrating the Arts in Tacoma
Puget Sound Poetry Connection - Distinguished Writer Series and Workshops 
Salishan Association - Dance Class
Tacoma Concert Band - Tacoma Concert Band 2016-17 Season
Toy Boat Theatre - The Other Country: A Community-Based Theatrical Event
Washington State Historical Society - In the Spirit 2017
Write253 - Louder Than a Bomb-Tacoma 2017

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 Art Museum

Tacoma Little Theatre
Tacoma Musical Playhouse
Tacoma Opera
Tacoma Youth Symphony



Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP)

Applications for 2019-20 TAIP funding will be available in November 2018. In the meantime, to review the program guidelines and application, you can download the 2017-18 TAIP Guidelines and Application Instructions (PDF).


Arts Projects

Online Application Deadline

November 6, 2017, 11:59 PM


The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2018. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. Funded events must take place between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.


Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions; and federally-recognized tribes or Native non-profits. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. See guidelines for complete eligibility requirements.


Application Workshop

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addressed questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held October 12, 2017, from 12 – 1:30 PM, at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, 2nd floor, room 248.


Guidelines and Application Instructions 

Download the 2018 Arts Projects Guidelines and Application Instructions (PDF) for complete information on the funding program and how to apply.


Access the online application and apply now


Download the 2018 Arts Projects Budget Page only (PDF).


Arts Anchor Fund

Applications for 2019-20 Arts Anchor Fund will be available in November 2018. In the meantime, you can review the 2017-18 application, which was comprised of three items:

  1. 2017-18 Arts Anchor Fund guidelines (PDF)
  2. 2017-18 Financial Forms (Excel)
  3. 2017-18 Event Forms (Excel)

Past Funding Recipients

Tacoma Arts Initiative Program

Funded 2017-18 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2015-16 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2013-14 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2011-12 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2009-10 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2007-08 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2005-06 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2003-04 TAIP Artists (PDF)
Funded 2001-02 TAIP Artists (PDF)

Arts Projects

Funded 2017 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2016 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2015 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2014 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2013 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2012 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2011 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2010 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2009 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2008 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2007 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2006 Arts Projects (PDF)