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COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

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

 

Local Resources

  • Make It Tacoma - offering resources for small businesses. Also offers the COVID-19 Stabilization Loan Program (pre-application deadline April 7, 2020), which provides micro-loans to existing small businesses located in Tacoma.
  • Greater Tacoma Community Foundation - Pierce County Connected fund supports organizations providing services to address urgent needs and the disruption of basic human services to Pierce County’s most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19.
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce - offering a list of resources for local businesses.

Statewide Resources

  • Artist Trust - creating a growing list of response and recovery resources for artists in Washington State. Also offers the COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund, which provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of individual artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Whipsmart - creating a growing list of COVID-19 resources and financial support options for the creative community.
  • ArtsFund - creating a growing list of response and recovery resources for arts organizations in Washington State.

National Resources

  • National Endowment for the Arts - Best practices tip sheet for arts organizations re-engaging with audiences and visitors. 
  • Artist Relief Fund - a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that provides $5,000 no-strings-attached grants.
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) - provides loans for small businesses, non-profits, self-employed/freelance/independent contractors with possible loan forgiveness. With $2.3 trillion of funds, there are several sections of the legislation that can directly and indirectly support artists, arts organizations, and small businesses in the creative economy. Click here for a spreadsheet outlining various pieces of the CARES act and how they apply to different areas of the cultural sector (non-profits, businesses, individuals, etc.) 
  • Paycheck Protection Program - part of the CARES Act, this program provides loans, with possible loan forgiveness, to help small businesses and non-profits keep their workers on the payroll.
  • Emergency Injury Disaster Loan - part of the CARES Act, this program provides business loans at low interest rates to cover debt and operating costs to keep your business running.
  • COVID-19 & Freelance Artists - an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. 
  • Americans for the Arts - creating a growing list of national response and recovery resources.
  • National Endowment for the Arts - resources to help ensure virtual events are accessible for people with disabilities.

About the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

The arts 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 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 arts and cultural funding programs, managing the City's public art collection, and producing a variety of public programs that enhance and contribute to Tacoma's local economy.

 

Inclusion, Equity, and Access

The Tacoma Arts Commission strongly supports inclusion, equity, and access. We celebrate Tacoma’s diversity of people, places, cultures, and artistic expression. Diversity and heritage are points of pride, permeating Tacoma’s rich arts scene and giving character to its neighborhoods. The arts 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.

 

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5In 2016, the City of Tacoma's Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality participated in a national study called Arts & Economic Prosperity 5. The study documented the economic impact that nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and their audiences, have on the economy, both locally and nationally.

 

Read about the study findings

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

  

 

 

 



Contact Us

Due to COVID-19 related impacts, a number of employees are in temporary layoff status. For help reaching a specific City employee, dial 311 or (253) 591-5000.

 

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