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Arts and culture for every appetite.

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Art is everywhere you turn in Tacoma.

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Expand your horizons this October.

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AMOCAT Arts Awards

Honoring those who help build the arts.

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Tacoma Studio Tour

Meet 70 Tacoma artists in their working studios.

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Tacoma Arts Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community. October is brimming with hundreds of arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages. There is something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances; hands-on experiences; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events.

Enjoy culture. Explore Tacoma. Connect with your community.

Share your #TacomaArts experience – and win!

Congratulations to the winners!

Gold Ticket – Adwoa Levin
Silver Ticket – Michelle MacElvain
Bronze Ticket – Christie Rooks

Discover – and share – Tacoma’s arts and culture experiences this October and win great prizes.

It’s easy!

  1. Take a selfie at each Tacoma arts event you attend in October
  2. Post using #TacomaArts and mention the name of the event you attended. Make sure your post is public
  3. Be instantly entered to win one of three fabulous prize packages


Gold Ticket: Spend a night on the town enjoying a cultural experience, dinner, and overnight stay in Tacoma.

Silver Ticket: Spend the day steeped in culture; enjoy complimentary admissions and lunch.

Bronze Ticket: Continue your arts exploration with complimentary and discount passes.

Sponsored by the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Classical Tuesdays, Destiny City Film Festival, Fife Historical Society, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Artists, Job Carr Cabin Museum, Lakewood Historical Society, Museum of Glass, Points NE Historical Society, Puget Sound Revels, Second City Chamber Series, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Historical Society, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Youth Symphony, The Grand Cinema, University Place Historical Society, Washington State History Museum

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Kaleidoscope: Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party

Wednesday, October 4
6 – 9 pm
The Spire, 710 S. Anderson
Free and open to the public
No RSVP required

Start Tacoma Arts Month off on the right note with a kaleidoscope of entertainment including:

  • Music by Will Jordan, Smokey Wonder, Travis Barker, Ben Wildenhaus, and Chromatography
  • West African dance and drumming performance by T.U.P.A.C.
  • Taiwanese dance performance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center
  • Contemporary dance by Barefoot Collective
  • Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson and Jinx Jones
  • Staged reading of CLOSE written by Nick Stokes and directed by Jose Amador
  • Multimedia art exhibits by Mauricio Robalino, Qin Tan, Gillian Nordlund, and Erika Ray
  • Film screenings and popcorn with The Grand Cinema
  • Hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum
  • TeenTix
  • Appetizers and a no-host bar

We will honor the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients starting at 6 pm. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate! Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma; hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse; sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema.


2017 Call for Arts Activities and Events

Application deadline: We are accept activities on a rolling basis.

About: The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our 16th 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 TacomaArtsMonth.com. 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, electronic 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 Participate:
Fill out the online submission form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. Please note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

Questions? Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at 253.591.5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org


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Tacoma Arts Month Toolkit and Style Guide

Are you hosting an arts event in October as part of Tacoma Arts Month? You can help promote Tacoma Arts Month to your constituents using the items included in this toolkit. Click on the logo to the left to download.

Header image credits – Image 1: Tacoma Arts Challenge, courtesy of Culture Shock Collective. Image 2: Tacoma Studio Tour, courtesy of City of Tacoma. Image 3: Asia Pacific Cultural Center dance performance, courtesy of City of Tacoma. Image 4: Phenomenal and Liberal Painting Exhibit at Kittredge Gallery, “Big Red Glitch,” by Linda Besemer. Image 5: Tacoma Studio Tour, courtesy of City of Tacoma. Image 6: AMOCAT Arts Award, artwork by Chandler O’Leary.