• City of Tacoma QA
  • City of Tacoma Data


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.

Professional Development Workshop: Building Credit & a Budget for Creatives

Building Credit and a Budget for Creatives on January 13, 2022

What is Building Credit and a Budget for Creatives? If you consider yourself a creative, an artist, or a creative worker, and would like to know more about how to build credit and form a budget, check out this free session from Sound Outreach. Unsure about where to begin with financial management? Register for this virtual workshop. There will be time at the end of this session for a questions and answers and if anyone needs one-to-one coaching the facilitator will share more information about this offering.


The Building Credit and a Budget for Creatives workshop is FREE on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 5-6:30 PM online at Zoom. Join this free virtual session by clicking on this link https://soundoutreach.zoom.us/j/86900314348, webinar ID: 869 0031 4348 or one tap mobile: +12532158782,,86900314348# or telephone, dial: +1 253 215 8782, webinar ID: 869 0031 4348.



If you have any questions about accessibility and workshop details, please contact James Taylor by email at james@soundoutreach.org or by phone at (253) 719-3388 in advance.


Sound Outreach empowers Pierce County residents to achieve their financial dreams and to secure personal financial security through an integrated model of coaching and counseling.

Building Credit and a Budget for Creatives is hosted by Sound Outreach and City of Tacoma Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality.


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

Subscribe for updates


Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191