Nineteen Community Art Projects Funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission

Broadway Center
The ballet folklorico troupe at Roosevelt Elementary. Photo courtesy: Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Submitted by City of Tacoma

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2018 public outreach projects in the fields of dance, craft, music, visual, literary, cross-disciplinary and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,250 to $5,000.

Alaska Kuteeyaa dancers perform at the In the Spirit Festival. Photo courtesy: Washington State Historical Society

“Tacoma’s creative community is flourishing, and these grants were quite competitive,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “The recipients reflect a mix of established and new organizations that are collectively elevating this city with dynamic programming. I am particularly excited to be supporting projects that engage a wider variety of underserved communities.”

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, a historical arts and crafts demonstration series, cultural education programming, two dance workshop series and performances, a program using arts and cultural practice to address food justice, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, and community engagement events.

Fort Nisqually Foundation
Patti Logan demonstrating tatting at Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy: Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective,  Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Centro Latino,  Chua Phuoc Hue’s Volunteer Team, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Groundswell Arts Collective, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Latinx Unidos of the South Sound, Metropolitan Glass, Northwest Repertory Singers, Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

The Arts Projects Funding Program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Arts Projects is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit

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