Service Opportunity – Tacoma Arts Commission

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Opportunities open to volunteer for Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma City Council invites individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and performing arts to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission (TAC). If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.

The TAC consists of 15 volunteer members who are confirmed by Tacoma City Council to serve 3 year terms. Members are residents of Tacoma and arts advocates and artists.

The TAC provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. Its purpose is to develop, support, coordinate, sponsor, and present the arts on a year-round basis for the benefit of the residents of Tacoma. The primary responsibility of the TAC is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma; oversight of the Municipal Art Program; and supporting programs such as Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Murals Project.

There are currently four member openings on the TAC:
 1 Working Professional Artist
 1 Professional Position – a person who has professional experience or training related to the arts
 2 At Large Positions – a person working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrates a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities

The TAC is especially interested in applicants who live in under-represented parts of the City and bring diversity to the commission.

Meetings are held from 5 – 7 p.m., on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens, 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one funding panel. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the TAC funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the TAC produces.

To be considered in the first round of applications, you are encouraged to apply by April 30. But, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applications received after April 30 will be considered for the next available seat openings. Applicants can go to for more information or to submit an application. Those who would prefer hard copy applications, and those with questions, can email, call (253) 591-5178 or stop by the Customer Support Center in the second floor lobby of the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St.).

Naomi Strom-Avila
Cultural Arts Specialist
City of Tacoma
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, WA 98402