Changes are underway for Tacoma's annual arts month!

Everything you love about Tacoma's annual arts month will stay the same except for two changes: starting in 2014, Tacoma will celebrate in October, not November, and will drop the ‘Art at Work’ moniker to become ‘Tacoma Arts Month’.

In response to community feedback, the change in month will better coincide with the performing arts season openings, national Arts & Humanities Month, and avoid holiday scheduling conflicts and inclement weather associated with November.

The Tacoma Arts Commission will continue to produce a free public arts month celebration event; the annual AMOCAT Arts Awards; and the Tacoma Studio Tour (scheduled for October 11 & 12, 2014). They will also continue to provide an extensive online calendar of community-hosted events, exhibits, and workshops.

About Tacoma Arts Month

Tacoma Arts Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community. October will be brimming with hundreds of arts and culture programs and there will be something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Be an active participant in what is happening in Tacoma year-round. You’ll find that the arts are both exciting and essential to Tacoma, enlivening all corners of our community.



How to participate in 2014

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other arts programming this October, let us know. We will list your arts event in the calendar of events on this website and send out the event in our twice-weekly e-newsletter. There is no cost to you. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To receive direct notification of when Tacoma Arts Month activity submissions are being accepted for 2014, please email Naomi Strom-Avila or call (253) 591-5191.


AMOCAT Arts Awards

The AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. 

The 2013 honorees are Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski.

Find out more about the awards and honorees here.


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Hosting an arts event in October as part of Tacoma Arts Month? We will have a new logo available in Spring 2014 that you can use in your materials.

Photo credits clockwise from top left: Jason Ganwich, artwork by Leah Fitts, Arts Program staff, Michael Hoover; John Froschauer, Jim Oliver.