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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 citizens of Tacoma, and oversight 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 artists. The Commission's functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.

Current Members

Heather Conklin, Chair 
Rosie Ayala, Vice Chair
Michelle Douglas
Heide Fernandez-Llamazares
Davis Freeman
Anna Holcomb
Paula Jacobson

Johnaye Kendrick
Michael Kula
Liesl Santkuyl
James Stowe
Wanda Thompson
Paul Throne
Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem
Sarah Woodson
Lillian Hunter, City Council Liaison
Keith Blocker, City Council Liaison Alternate


ArtFull Tacoma

ArtFull TacomaIn July 2016, the Tacoma City Council adopted ArtFull Tacoma, a five-year strategic plan to direct the work of the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality 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



2018 Service Overview



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