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New Youth Art Competition Brings Tacoma’s History to Life

New Youth Art Competition Brings Tacoma’s History to Life


March 20, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


New Youth Art Competition Brings Tacoma’s History to Life


Each year, the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office brings Tacoma’s rich history to life through its dynamic Historic Preservation Month. New in 2019 is a youth art contest that encourages students in Tacoma to interact with historic landmarks around town.


The contest is geared towards high school students and asks participants to imagine that they have been selected to create a visual art installation concept for one of three pre-selected historic Tacoma landmarks: Old City Hall, Cushman Substation, and Union Station.


“By asking participants to reimagine historical Tacoma landmarks, we are providing a unique opportunity for youth to engage in and celebrate Tacoma’s rich history in a creative way.” said Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer.


Once students have selected the landmark of their choice, they have freedom to use any art medium(s) of their choice to create an installation concept based on their vision. Submissions are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. To download the resource guide with contest details and submission guidelines, visit hpmonthtacoma.com.


The Historic Preservation Office has selected a panel of local artists who will choose five to ten submissions that will be displayed at Honey Coffee + Kitchen (1322 S. Fawcett Ave.) on Wednesday, May 15, from 6 – 8 PM. The event will have a gallery style presentation where attendees will be able to vote on their favorite piece of art anonymously. Three winners will be announced at the event and prizes will be distributed. 


For more information, visit hpmonthtacoma.com or contact Historic Preservation Intern Dierdre Patterson at dpatterson3@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5219.