the arts


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Funding Applications

Tacoma Arts Commission supports arts organizations and artists through three funding programs: Arts Anchor Fund, Arts Projects and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP). 

Please see below for information about the next available funding cycles for Arts Anchor Fund, Arts Projects, and TAIP.

Current Funding Programs

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP)
The TAIP is a biennial program to support individual artists who reside in Tacoma in their creation of new artwork and presentation of that work with the citizens of Tacoma.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipients:
Sean Alexander
Carla Barragan
Bill Colby
Alice Di Certo
Kyle Dillehay
David Domkoski
Oliver Doriss
Josie Emmons Turner
Sarah Gilbert
Erin Guinup
Meghan Mitchell
Mark Monlux
Kat Ogden
Scott Scoggin
Erik Steighner
Noah Struthers

The application deadline for 2013-14 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding has passed. Applications for 2015-16 TAIP funding will be available in December 2014. In the mean time, to review the program guidelines and application, you can download the 2013-14 TAIP guidelines and application (PDF).


Arts Projects
Arts Projects is an annual program which was created to financially support a variety of high quality arts projects throughout Tacoma.  

2013 Arts Projects funding recipients:

9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum
     - Poetry Reading Open House
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
     - 15th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration 
Black Student Union @ UW Tacoma
     - Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast
Children's Museum of Tacoma
     - Art Sparks
DASH Center for the Arts
     - High School Musical
Elements of Education
     - What the Frack? dance performances
     - 2013 LIFE Program
Fort Nisqually Foundation
     - Crafts of the Past
King's Bookstore
     - Tacoma Wayzgoose: A letterpress & book arts festival
Local Life
     - The Downtown Block Party
Metropolitan Glass
     2013 Monkeyshines Project: Year of the Snake
Old Town Business and Professional Assoc.
     - Classical Tuesdays in Old Town 2013
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
     - Distinguished Writer Series and Open Mic
Ruston - Pt. Defiance Business District
     - West End Neighborhood Interactive Steel Sculptures
Second City Chamber Series
     - 2013 Tacoma performances
Tacoma City Ballet
     - Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree: preview, workshop & performance
Tacoma Concert Band
     - Winter and Spring concerts
Tacoma Little Theatre
     - The Laramie Project 
the BareFoot Collective
     - Steppin' Out in Tacoma dance performances
Washington State Historical Society
     - In the Spirit 2013

The application deadline for 2013 Arts Projects funding has passed. Applications for 2014 Arts Projects funding will be available in October 2013. In the mean time, to review the program guidelines and application, you can download the 2013 Arts Projects guidelines and application (PDF). 

Arts Anchor Fund
This biennial program supports and stabilizes established arts organizations in Tacoma with budgets greater than $250,000.

2013-2014 Arts Anchor Fund organizations:
Grand Cinema
Hilltop Artists
Museum of Glass
NW Sinfonietta
Tacoma Art Museum
Musical Playhouse
Tacoma Opera
Tacoma Symphony
Tacoma Youth Symphony

The application deadline for 2013-14 Arts Anchor Fund has passed. Applications for 2015-16 Arts Anchor Fund will be available in January 2015. 

Past Funding Recipients

Tacoma Arts Initiative Program (TAIP)
Funded 2011-2012 TAIP artists (PDF)
Funded 2009-2010 TAIP artists (PDF)
Funded 2007-2008 TAIP artists (PDF)
Funded 2005-2006 TAIP artists (PDF)
Funded 2003-2004 TAIP artists (PDF)
Funded 2001-2002 TAIP artists (PDF)

Arts Projects
Funded 2013 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2012 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2011 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2010 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2009 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2008 Arts Projects PDF)
Funded 2007 Arts Projects (PDF)
Funded 2006 Arts Projects (PDF)