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Eastside Community Center Youth Mural Project


September 3, 2019, 11:59 PM



$16,000 all inclusive


Request for Qualifications

To see the full prospectus, download the Call to Artists.



Metro Parks Tacoma is looking for a muralist or team to work collaboratively with youth to create a new mural for the Eastside Community Center (ECC). The mural will be approximately 8’ tall x 32’ wide, sited inside the ECC in a prominent location. The muralist or team will be selected by an all-youth panel.



  • Applicant(s) may apply individually or as a team
  • Applicant(s) must live in Pierce County
  • Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older
  • Panel will prioritize applicant(s) with a tie to the Eastside community
  • Applicants cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks Tacoma or the City of Tacoma
  • People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.


Eligible applicants interested in this opportunity must submit via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.



Contact Rebecca Solverson at (253) 591-5564 or rebecca.solverson@cityoftacoma.org.

Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey

About this Survey

Tacoma-based arts, culture, heritage and science organizations that provide public programming in Tacoma are invited to complete the Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey. This survey is intended to help the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality understand the field of organizations who may be eligible to apply for Tacoma Creates funding.  It will also help in planning appropriate Tacoma Creates funding programs and capacity building opportunities.


Only one person per organization should complete the survey.


Fill out the Survey

Visit https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit


Survey Deadline-May 20, 2019

Organizations are strongly encouraged to complete the survey by Monday, May 20, 2019 in order to help build the most informed funding programs possible. Surveys will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. All organizations that intend to apply for Tacoma Creates funding will be required to complete this survey first. 


About Tacoma Creates

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Tacoma Creates was established to expand equity and access to Tacoma’s arts, culture, science and heritage programs. Examples of public benefits include:

  • Increased opportunities for children and youth through before and after school, and summer programs

  • Financial and technical support for community programs, events, and activities

  • Free and reduced-price tickets, admission, and memberships to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences, with a focus on lower income families and public school students

Tacoma Creates Eligibility

Under state law, eligibility for Tacoma Creates funding extends to any 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization in Tacoma, whose primary purpose is the advancement and preservation of science or technology, the visual or performing arts, zoology, botany, anthropology, heritage, or natural history. These organizations must also have at least a two-year track record of directly providing programming or experiences available to the general public. Programs and projects can be fiscally sponsored by eligible organizations. 

Excluded from eligibility is any agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions; any municipal corporation; any organization that raises funds for redistribution to multiple cultural organizations; and any radio or television broadcasting network or station, cable communications system, internet-based communications venture or service, newspaper, or magazine. 



Email contact@tacomacreates.com.


2019 Tacoma Arts Month Activities

Preferred deadline: August 5, 2019 – Late submissions accepted on a rolling basis

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts and culture activities happening during our 18th 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 art programming in Tacoma, we will list your event on the Tacoma Arts Month online calendar. 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, e-newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and a variety of social media outlets.


This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.


The deadline for the first round of submissions is August 5, 2019. We will accept activities on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by August 5th will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.


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 an individual form for each event.



Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or Chevi Chung at (253) 591-5171 or cchung1@cityoftacoma.org

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Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191