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Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

COVID-19 Resources for the Cultural Community

Below is a compilation of some of the local, state, and national resources and funding options for the cultural community.

 

Local Resources

Statewide Resources

  • Artist Trust - creating a growing list of response and recovery resources for artists in Washington State.
  • ArtsFund - creating a growing list of response and recovery resources for arts organizations in Washington State.

National Resources

About the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

Arts and culture are essential to Tacoma - enlivening its downtown core, contributing to the livability of its neighborhoods, and enhancing the quality of life of its residents and visitors. The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality supports the cultural sector in Tacoma in a variety of ways including funding programs, public art, professional development, and special programming. The office has two branches:

  • Arts - The Tacoma Arts Commission and its staff play a vital role in supporting Tacoma's arts and cultural programs. They encourage the development of the local arts community through the administration of funding programs for artists and arts-focused community projects, managing the City's public art collection, and producing a variety of public programs including Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Poet Laureate program.
  • Tacoma Creates - Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations are able to apply for funding that helps them expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Tacoma, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for ongoing cultural programs that provide value for people throughout the City of Tacoma. The Tacoma Creates Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Tacoma Creates staff on funding programs.

 

Inclusion, Equity, and Access

The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality strongly supports justice, equity, inclusion, and access. We celebrate Tacoma’s diversity of people, places, cultures, and artistic expression. Arts and culture are uniquely positioned to touch every person and every part of Tacoma, and we are committed to supporting the entirety of our community.

For more on current and ongoing efforts, please read the City of Tacoma’s Tacoma 2025 plan (specifically Priority 5: Arts and Cultural Vitality) and the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality’s ArtFull Tacoma (Strategy 2: Promote equity, diversity, and inclusiveness through the arts).

 

Additionally, we encourage you to visit the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights web pages. Interested in learning more about city-wide equity efforts, including the support of diverse artists and diverse voices? check out How We Got Here: A Reckoning with US and Tacoma History.

Contact Us

 

Amy McBride

Amy McBride
Tacoma Arts Administrator

(she/her)
(253) 591-5192

 

Chevi Chung

Chevi Chung

Community Programs Specialist

(she/her)

(253) 591-5171

 

Clarissa Gines

Clarissa Gines

Tacoma Creates Coordinator

(she/her)

(253) 591-5174


Lisa Jaret

Lisa Jaret

Tacoma Creates Program Manager

(she/her)

(253) 591-5161

 

Rebecca Solverson

Rebecca Solverson

Public Art Specialist

(she/her)

(253) 591-5564

 

Naomi Strom-Avila

Naomi Strom-Avila
Funding and Cultural Programs Manager

(she/her)
(253) 591-5191

 

Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, WA 98402