The City of Tacoma's public art collection is diverse and pieces can be found incorporated into the fabric of our infrastructure in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. The collection tells our stories, provides interest in neighborhoods, creates identity, establishes community presence, and reflects the many talents of artists.
The benefits of public art are many. It can transform eyesores into amenities, enliven design, provide way finding, become a landmark, encourage community dialogues, and create spaces and places where people want to visit and stay.
Public Art is a city's legacy that needs to be nurtured and cared for. Proper stewardship for the collection reflects that caring and commitment to quality.
In March of 2000, the City of Tacoma reinstated the Municipal Art Program that dedicates 1% of construction costs from public capital projects to the creation of public art.
Public Art Tour
Take a virtual tour of some of the public art pieces that can be discovered throughout Pierce County. Search by category, location, or artist to explore the diverse range of public art and map out a customized itinerary to experience the work in person.
Launch the online Public Art Tour
To request that a piece of public art be added to the online Public Art Tour, fill out and submit the Public Art Tour submission form.
Spaceworks Tacoma Art Tour
Take a virtual tour of Spaceworks' temporary art installations and long-term creative enterprises. Click on the map markers for information about each artist or business and even map out a customized itinerary to experience the work in person.
Launch the online Spaceworks Tacoma Art Tour
Find out more about Spaceworks Tacoma by visiting their website.
Prairie Line Trail
The Prairie Line Trail offers an opportunity to create a history-infused active destination and outdoor art venue that is unique to Washington, and the country. The trail will draw visitors to our historic downtown, where curated temporary and site-specific permanent art will greet trail users.
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center Art Program
This contemporary art program includes artwork by Stuart Keeler & Michael Machnic, Yuki Nakamura & Joseph Miller, Alex Schweder, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Andy Warhol, and Michael Brophy.
Tacoma Police Headquarters and Substations Public Art Program
This collection of public art includes three pieces by John Rogers as well as pieces by Chris Spadafore, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Justin Hahn, and Lavonne & George Hoivik.
Community Guide to Creating Public Art
Are you interested in creating public art in your community but don't know where to begin? This workbook is designed to assist community volunteers to plan and implement small scale public art.
Gift Proposal Application
To propose the gifting of a piece of artwork to the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection, fill out and submit the Gift Proposal Application form.
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