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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

Mike Sweney, Chair
Heather Conklin, Vice Chair 
Rosie Ayala
Scott A. Campbell
Michelle Douglas
Quincy Henry
Paula Jacobson

Johnaye Kendrick
Halley Knigge
Michael Kula
Liesl Santkuyl
Wanda Thompson
Paul Throne
Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem
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



2017 Service Overview

Tacoma Arts Commission 2017 funding overview


Tacoma Arts Commission 2017 public art overview


Tacoma Arts Commission 2017 programs and activities overview


Tacoma Arts Commission 2017 leveraged grants overview


Tacoma Arts Commission 2017 Commission 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

Time and Day

5 PM
Second Monday of the month



Tacoma Municipal Building North
Room 16
728 St. Helens
Tacoma, WA 98402

Meetings are open to the public.


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