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2022 AMOCAT Arts Awards

Nomination deadline: Sunday, July 31, 2022 by 11:59 PM

About AMOCAT Arts Awards
The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2022 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people, organizations, and groups that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2022.

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. The 2022 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at STAR Center, 3873 S 66th St, Tacoma, WA 98409.

All 2022 AMOCAT Arts Awards nominees will be shared publicly on the Tacoma Arts Month website.

Award Categories:

  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

To Make a Nomination
Fill out the online nomination form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. You must create a free Submittable account in order to complete the form.

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

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), Tacoma Little Theatre, Monkeyshines, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, Tacoma Public Library, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Puget Sound Book Artists, The Grand Cinema, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Hilltop Artists, King's Books, Victory Music, Barefoot Studios, Tacoma School of the Arts, Tacoma Art Museum & Museum of Glass Education Programs, and Arts Impact.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Tacoma Creates Campaign, MultiCare Health System, Tacoma Housing Authority, Metro Parks Tacoma, University of Washington Tacoma, ArtsFund, Erivan and Helga Haub and Family, Key Bank, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Urban Grace Church, City Arts, Hotel Murano, The Weekly Volcano, 6th Avenue Business District, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit Art Program.

More Information
More information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards is available at https://tacomaartsmonth.org/amocat-arts-awards/.


Workshop: Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict on August 10, 2022

Workshop: Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict on August 10, 2022

Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict Utilizing Art-Making and Creativity Workshop. This virtual workshop will explore art-making and creative experientials intended to boost emotional intelligence and courageous ways of caring for self when experiencing change, challenge, and/or conflict.


Dalisha Phillips - LMHCA, ATR-P is an Artist, Art Therapist, and Abolitionist who finds her freedom in creating, healing through art, and investing in the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities of color. She brings her therapeutic work to education spaces through counseling services for students, teachers, staff, as well as professional development on social and emotional learning and restorative practices. Her private Art Therapy practice, Love Light Energy Art Therapy, can be found in Georgetown, Seattle.


The Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict Utilizing Art-Making and Creativity workshop is FREE on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 5-7 PM online via Zoom. Click here to register for this workshop, this session is limited to 25 attendees.



Contact Dalisha Phillips by phone at (253) 260-6139 or by email at dalisha.phillips@lovelightenergyarttherapy.com or Chevi Chung by phone at (253) 591-5171 or by email at cchung1@cityoftacoma.org in advance.


Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict Utilizing Art-Making and Creativity is hosted by Dalisha Phillips of Love Light Energy Art Therapy and City of Tacoma Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality.


The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality is collaborating with local organizations to provide free professional development workshops for Tacoma creatives, artists, creative workers, cultural workers, and arts advocates.

Panel Interest Form

What is a Panel?

A panel is a group of individuals pulled together by staff to review applications or nominations for Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality managed programs or opportunities. Panel members use published review criteria to evaluate applications and make recommendations about who gets grant funding, public art projects, roster appointments, etc.

Panelists are selected for a variety of reasons which can include: their connection to community, knowledge of relevant subject matter, and the diversity of perspectives and experiences they bring to the group overall. For each opportunity, we assemble a unique panel of three to nine people to make collective recommendations about which applicants should receive funding or commissions through our office. Those recommendations generally go to the Tacoma Arts Commission or the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board for final approval.

Why be a Panelist?

The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality (OACV) is deeply appreciative of the time and expertise community members invest in serving on panels. Serving on a panel is a proactive way to impact how public funds are spent in Tacoma, and panelists receive valuable professional development as well as insight into how the application review process works from the inside.

OACV provides panelists with free parking and food during meetings, in addition to offering a monetary stipend.

The length and number of meetings needed for a selection process vary based on the project. Depending on the application, some panels will require a small amount of prep work in advance, one to two hours, and some panels may require extensive reading and evaluation work in advance of the in-person panel meeting, anywhere from 10-50 hours. Community members will be offered a stipend for their service as follows:

  • $50 – quarter day meeting (1 – 2 hours)
  • $100 – half day meeting (3 ‐ 4 hours)
  • $200 – full day meeting (6 – 9 hours)
  • $100 – pre‐meeting work to digitally read and score applications (only when requested)

Members of a City‐appointed commission or board are volunteers and are not eligible to receive a stipend for their service on a panel. City of Tacoma employees and project staff are not eligible to receive a stipend for their service on a panel.

Submit a Panel Interest Form

Please complete the online form to be considered for a position on an upcoming OACV panel: www.surveymonkey.com/r/tacomapanels 


Staff will take into account many factors when putting together panels, and may not be able to use the services of all qualified individuals who submit. If an individual is offered a position on a panel but is unable to participate because of scheduling or conflict of interest, OACV will continue to consider them for future panels. Panel Interest Forms will be saved and reviewed periodically for up to three years from the submission date.


If you have questions, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.
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Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191