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Tacoma Creates Advisory Board

City Council Appoints Inaugural Tacoma Creates Advisory Board


September 16, 2020



Tammi Bryant, Director of Marketing,tbryant@tacomavenues.org, (425) 343-2462


City Council Appoints Inaugural Tacoma Creates Advisory Board


TACOMA, Wash. -- Twelve Tacoma residents were appointed to the inaugural Tacoma Creates Advisory Board by Tacoma City Council. The primary responsibility of the board is to help Tacoma Creates staff ensure compliance to program and accountability standards. The board also advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality to guide program development and approve funding recommendations for the benefit of all residents of Tacoma.

Eleven individuals were recommended by the Economic Development Committee after conducting interviews with applicants, and the Youth position was selected by the Mayor’s Youth Commission. 

“There was an extraordinary response from experienced community members interested in serving on the board this inaugural year,” said Tacoma Creates Program Manager Lisa Jaret. “The varied perspectives and backgrounds of these individuals from throughout Tacoma provides Tacoma Creates a strong foundation to fulfill its vision to enrich the community.”

The following appointees make up the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board:

Kenya Adams, Arts position
Putter Bert, Council District 2 position
Megan Clark, Council District 5 position
Sheree Cooks, Council District 4 position
Amanda Figueroa, Science position
Jason Gamboa, Heritage position
Roxane Hreha, Public Education position
Michael “Tony” Hudson, Culture position
Connar Mon, Youth position
Dominica Myers, Council District 3 position
Liesl Santkuyl, Council District 1 position
Davon White, Community Engagement position

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Contracts totaling near $2 million have been awarded to 58 organizations during this initial year. The organizations’ work includes public programming for all ages, youth education programs and a commitment to equitable and inclusive access. 

The first Tacoma Creates Advisory Board meeting will be held on Monday, October 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm via Zoom. All meetings are open to the public. 

Meeting access details, and more information about Tacoma Creates, are available at cityoftacoma.org/tacomacreates.