Funding for Tacoma Artists – Apply Now!

30 Nov

2015-16 TAIP funding recipient Whitney Henry-Lester produced the Destiny and Grit podcast series. Letterpress promo piece printed by Springtide Press.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork in any discipline and present that work through a free public component. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on January 23, 2017.


“Tacoma’s arts and culture contribute significantly to why we choose to live here, and TAIP is a key investment in our creative community. TAIP supports innovative, talented artists by helping them fulfill specific goals, contributing to their artistic growth while engaging communities with free performances, exhibitions, and workshops.” – Mike Sweney, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair


2015-16 TAIP funding recipient Christopher Paul Jordan is curating and exhibiting work in an inter-media art exhibit, COLORED, of 20 Black artists and poets.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2013 and 2016 are not eligible to apply.

Please see the TAIP guidelines and application instructions for full details.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on December 15, 2016, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 728 St. Helens, Room 16.

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