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The following topics in The Arts Resource Library contain links to downloadable documents either in Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Public Art

Public Art Tour
To view a variety of publicly accessible artwork throughout Tacoma and Greater Pierce County.
Launch Tacoma Online Public Art Tour

Is there public art in Pierce County that you would like to see added to the Public Art Tour? All you need to do is fill out and submit the Public Art Tour Submission Form (word document).


Public Art in the News
Tidal Resonance Chamber makes space for contemplation
 -, December 23, 2010
Tacoma's Ripple Effect
 - Tacoma Daily Index, November 5, 2010
A 20-foot welcome
 - The Olympian, August 15, 2010
An Artful Bridge: Tacoma's amazing pedestrian bridge is anything by pedestrian 
 - Northwest Travel magazine, January-February 2010
'Water Forest' Stands Tall Again

- Tacoma News Tribune, June 8, 2009
The 25 Greatest Works of Art Ever Made in Seattle

- The Stranger, March 3, 2009
Tacoma: The Dynamics of Temporary
- Public Art Review, Spring-Summer, 2005
Sculpture for Hotel to Become Public Art
- Tacoma News Tribune, December 20, 2007
Water Forest Fix Still Sought
- Tacoma News Tribune, December 20, 2007
She'll Take Her Art to the Ball Game 
- Tacoma News Tribune, May 22, 2007
Just Like Florida, If You Squint

- Tacoma News Tribune, June 22, 2007

Tacoma's Arts Scene in the News
Cities create public places out of stalled developments
 - Tacoma News Tribune, January 2, 2011
Tacoma--Treasures Beyond the Dome
 - The Vancouver Sun, June 19, 2010
Glass as Tourist Attraction (part I)
 -, January 5, 2010
Glass as Tourist Attraction (part II)
 - February 15, 2010
Blown away by Tacoma's hot heart of glass

-, June 4, 2009
Forging Tacoma: To the south of Seattle is the town that art built
- Seattle P-I, March 2, 2009
Tacoma's Art Scene Continues to Surprise
-, December 9, 2008
Wham-Bam Art Sampler
- Tacoma News Tribune, November 17, 2008

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center Art Program

This contemporary art program includes artwork by Stuart Keeler & Michael Machnic, Yuki Nakamura & Joseph Miller, Alex Schweder, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Andy Warhol, and Michael Brophy. Download Brochure (PDF)

Tacoma Police Headquarters and Substations Public Art Program
This collection of public art includes three pieces by John Rogers as well as pieces by Chris Spadafore, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Justin Hahn, and Lavonne & George Hoivik. Download Brochure (PDF)

Gift Proposal Application
Do you want to propose the gifting of a piece of artwork to the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection? download an application form (PDF) here.

Ordinance and Policy
TMC Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B (Tacoma Arts Commission) (PDF)
Public Art Accession Policy (PDF)
Public Art Deaccession Policy (PDF)
Public Art Gift Policy (PDF)
Artist Eligibility and Selection Process Policy (PDF)


Artist-friendly Accountants
For a listing of community-recommended accountants who have experience working with artists, please click here (PDF).

Arts EnviroChallanger
Materials to Collect (PDF)