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

Submission deadline: August 10, 2014

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our thirteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, email newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To have your event listed:
1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.
2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to Please put “Activities_Your Event Name” in the subject line.


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