Tacoma Arts Challenge

Win prizes by attending arts events this fall. Scroll down for more information.


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

Peek inside the studios of 57 Tacoma artists.

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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.


Image 1: Tacoma Arts Challenge, courtesy of Dr. Jamie Brooks. Image 2: Arsenio Hall, courtesy of Broadway Center. Image 3: Visiting Artist David Huchthausen at Museum of Glass, photo by Lloyd Shugart. Image 4: Make Your Own Pumpkin Paperweight, courtesy of Museum of Glass. Image 5: AMOCAT Arts Award, artwork by Chandler O’Leary. Image 6: Tacoma Studio Tour, courtesy of City of Tacoma.



2017 Call for Tacoma Studio Tour Artists

Application deadline: Monday, June 26, 2017, 11:59 pm

About: The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for the Tacoma Studio Tour, one of the features of the 16th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. The emphasis of this tour is on raising visibility of the arts and providing artistic opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. We encourage artists to have work for sale. Studios will be open on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th from 11 am to 5 pm. Artists can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email newsletters, blog posts, and an interactive website and map. We will also produce a printed brochure for the Tacoma Studio Tour. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors.

Due to very positive feedback from both visitors and artists alike, we will be bringing back the Studio Tour Passport this year. The purpose of the Passport is to encourage people to attend multiple studios and studios they’ve never been to before by incentivizing attendance. Studio Tour artists are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.

A private entity, ART BUS, is working on plans to provide a bus tour of studio locations. Studio Tour artists will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a stop along the bus tour route for a fee. More information about this optional service will be provided to all Studio Tour artists later this summer.

Applicants will be juried in a competitive process by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the overall diversity of the work presented, as well as geographic diversity of the studios.


  • You must live within the City of Tacoma limits and/or your working studio must be located within the City of Tacoma limits
  • You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on activity for attendees
  • You must actively promote the Studio Tour to your own contacts

If you would like to be a guest at another studio, the above guidelines still apply. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis.

People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Eligible artists interested in this opportunity must fill out the online application form and attach the following items via Submittable

  1. Five Work Samples – Submit 5 high quality JPEG files of your past work. If selected for the tour, we will use the images in materials produced for Tacoma Arts Month. Images must be at least 300 ppi resolution. Images smaller than 600 pixels per side are not recommended
  2. Artist Resume or Bio (if you have not participated in the Studio Tour in the past 2 years)

Please note: each artist in a group studio needs to submit their own application, work samples, and resume.

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


2017 Call for Arts Activities and Events

Application deadline: The deadline for the first round of submissions is August 7, 2017. We will accept activities on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by August 7th will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.

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

Tacoma Arts Challenge

Share Your #TacomaArts Experience – and Win!

Photo by Melo HoganDiscover all that Tacoma has to offer when you attend and share your arts and culture experiences this fall.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

  • Mary Letterman – Gold Ticket
  • Alex Alexander – Silver Ticket
  • Chantell Muñoz – Bronze Ticket

It’s easy!

  1. Take a selfie at each Tacoma arts event you attend this October
  2. Post using #TacomaArts and mention the name of the event
  3. Be instantly entered to win one of three fabulous prize packages

Photo by Erik HanbergWin!

Gold Ticket: Spend a night on the town enjoying a cultural experience, dinner, and an overnight stay in Tacoma. Includes: 2 tickets to the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, 2 tickets to The Grand Cinema, 2 Tacoma Museum District passes, $75 gift certificate for Pacific Grill, and a night at the Hotel Murano.

Silver Ticket: Spend the day steeped in culture; enjoy complimentary admissions and lunch. Includes: $25 gift certificate at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, 2 tickets to the Tacoma Concert Band November 20 performance of Saxy featuring Erik Steighner, 2 Tacoma Museum District passes, and a $25 gift certificate for The Swiss.

Bronze Ticket: Continue your arts exploration with complimentary and discount passes. Includes: $25 gift certificate at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, 2 tickets to The Grand Cinema, 2 tickets to the Puget Sound Revels Christmas Revels performance, Children’s Museum of Tacoma Gingerbread Jamboree ticket (family of four with one house), and a $20 gift certificate for Hotel Murano Bite Restaurant.

Photo by Dane MeyerSponsored 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, 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, Steilacoom Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Historical Society, Tacoma Little Theater, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony, The Grand Cinema, University Place Historical Society, Washington State History Museum

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Kaleidoscope: Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party


20151001_Tacoma Arts Opening Night_DSC00082_mediumInformation about Kaleidoscope will be announced soon.

Start Tacoma Arts Month off on the right note with a kaleidoscope of entertainment. Enjoy appetizers and no-host bar while we honor the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. 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.


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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.