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Tacoma Arts Commission


Created in 1965, the Tacoma Arts Commission is one of the oldest arts commissions in Washington State. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the community in Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the Municipal Art Program.



The Tacoma Arts Commission is a 15-member volunteer commission made up of Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and/or artists. The Commission's functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.


Current Members

Kenya Shakoor, Chair
Jasmine Brown, Vice Chair
Aleks Aurelion
Connie Behe
Katie Dean
Heide Fernandez-Llamazares
Hannah-Clarke Gilmore
Sarah Jane Hoppe
Michael Kula
Wade Neal
Derek Nunn
Jeanette Sanchez
Jes Takla

Joe Williams
Heidi Wygle
Jamika Scott, City Council Liaison
Olgy Diaz, City Council Liaison Alternate


Statement of Commitment

The Tacoma Arts Commission is striving toward social justice. We are committed to supporting equitable opportunities to broaden artistic expression while encouraging inter-sectional communities through inclusive relationships and outreach. Arts and culture are uniquely positioned to touch every person and every part of Tacoma. We are committed to supporting the entirety of our community.


ArtFull Tacoma

ArtFull TacomaIn July 2016, the Tacoma City Council adopted ArtFull Tacoma, a five-year strategic plan to direct the work of the Arts & Cultural Vitality Division and the Tacoma Arts Commission and ensure alignment with Tacoma 2025, the City of Tacoma's strategic plan.

Read the full ArtFull Tacoma plan

Read the ArtFull Tacoma overview



2023 Service Overview

Annual Report Overview  Annual Report Overview    


Tacoma Arts Commission Application

Commission members are appointed by the Tacoma City Council to three-year terms, following an application and interview process. To apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission please visit the Committees, Boards, and Commissions page


Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to apply.


Tacoma Arts Commission Service Commitment

The Tacoma Arts Commission’s monthly meetings are held from 5 - 7 PM on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held virtually on Zoom and in-person at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., Room 248). Regular attendance at these monthly meetings is required. Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one subcommittee and one selection panel each year. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations that the Commission funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the Commission produces. A major commitment of the Commission is helping support Tacoma Arts Month, which happens each October. 


We encourage and welcome prospective applicants to attend a meeting of the Tacoma Arts Commission in advance of applying. 


Tacoma Arts Commission Conflict of Interest Explanation

In accordance with the City of Tacoma’s ethics policy, serving on the Tacoma Arts Commission makes commission members and their immediate family (spouse/partner and children) ineligible, during their term of service, to enter into any funding contracts with the City of Tacoma. This includes contracts through any of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s funding programs including the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program and Community Arts Projects (cannot be administrative staff of any applicant organization and/or an artist, who will be paid with money received through Community Arts Projects funding). Commissioners would also be ineligible to apply for or receive any funding contracts for public art projects, Tacoma Poet Laureate, or any other program of the Commission which have monetary funds from the City associated with it.  Service on the Commission would not prohibit commissioners from having a contract through Spaceworks Tacoma, which operates out of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. It is against the City’s ethics policy to accept gifts of any monetary value in relation to service on the Commission.

Day and Time

Second Monday of the month

5 PM



Meetings can be attended both virtually and in-person. Please see the meeting agenda for a link to the virtual meeting. In-person meetings can be attended at:

Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street

Room 248
Tacoma, WA 98402

Meetings are open to the public.



Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191



Public Comment

The public may give oral comments related to agenda items at the beginning of the meeting. Speakers will have anywhere from 90 seconds to three minutes to provide comment, depending on the available time on the agenda. Or, the public may submit general comments in writing by 5:00 pm one day prior to the meeting. Written comments should be emailed and include “TAC Meeting Public Comment" in the subject line.


Year in Review


2023 Overview Report
2023 Annual Report

2022 Overview Report
2022 Annual Report
2021 Overview Report
2021 Annual Report
2020 Overview Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Overview Report

2019 Year in Review

2018 Overview Report

2018 Year in Review

2017 Overview Report
2017 Year in Review
2016 Overview Report
2016 Year in Review

2015 Overview Report
2015 Year in Review
2014 Year in Review
2013 Year in Review
2012 Year in Review

2011 Year in Review
2010 Year in Review
2009 Year in Review
2008 Year in Review
2007 Year in Review