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Artist in Residence for Environmental Services

Recycling container artist wrap by Mark Monlux, created for Environmental Services

Application Deadline: January 4, 2024, 11:59 PM


Budget: $60,000 artist stipend ($4,000 per month), plus additional funds for project implementation


Time Commitment: March 2024 – May 2025, part-time 

Artists residing in Pierce, King, Kitsap, or Thurston counties


Optional Info Session: An optional informational session was held on December 6, 2023. Watch a recording of the session here. Use passcode: !O$7TKw+ 


To Apply: Read the full Call to Artists for all details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit


The City of Tacoma is looking for an artist to serve as an Artist in Residence (AiR) on a part-time basis from March 2024 through May 2025. The AiR will act as an in-house creative strategist and embedded artist to help address issues in the Solid Waste Division, especially related to public outreach and education. The AiR will produce tangible projects meant to increase awareness of issues, improve customer experience, and inspire behavioral change that leads to healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound. The AiR will work part-time in-person for a minimum average of 20 hours per week for the duration of the residency, and will have a dedicated workstation at Solid Waste offices. The City encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and creative disciplines to apply.  



Contact Ricky Reyes with questions or to request a link to the recorded December 6 info session: rreyes@cityoftacoma.org, 253-999-2223



Photo credit: Recycling container art wrap designed by Mark Monlux for Environmental Services

Panel Interest Form

What is a Panel?

A panel is a group of individuals pulled together by staff to review applications or nominations for Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality managed programs or opportunities. Panel members use published review criteria to evaluate applications and make recommendations about who gets grant funding, public art projects, roster appointments, etc.

Panelists are selected for a variety of reasons which can include: their connection to community, knowledge of relevant subject matter, and the diversity of perspectives and experiences they bring to the group overall. For each opportunity, we assemble a unique panel of three to nine people to make collective recommendations about which applicants should receive funding or commissions through our office. Those recommendations generally go to the Tacoma Arts Commission or the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board for final approval.

Why be a Panelist?

The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality (OACV) is deeply appreciative of the time and expertise community members invest in serving on panels. Serving on a panel is a proactive way to impact how public funds are spent in Tacoma, and panelists receive valuable professional development as well as insight into how the application review process works from the inside.

OACV provides panelists with free parking and food during meetings, in addition to offering a monetary stipend.

The length and number of meetings needed for a selection process vary based on the project. Depending on the application, some panels will require a small amount of prep work in advance, one to two hours, and some panels may require extensive reading and evaluation work in advance of the in-person panel meeting, anywhere from 10-50 hours. Community members will be offered a stipend for their service as follows:

  • $50 – quarter day meeting (1 – 2 hours)
  • $100 – half day meeting (3 ‐ 4 hours)
  • $200 – full day meeting (6 – 9 hours)
  • $100 – pre‐meeting work to digitally read and score applications (only when requested)

Members of a City‐appointed commission or board are volunteers and are not eligible to receive a stipend for their service on a panel. City of Tacoma employees and project staff are not eligible to receive a stipend for their service on a panel.

Submit a Panel Interest Form

Please complete the online form to be considered for a position on an upcoming OACV panel: www.surveymonkey.com/r/tacomapanels 


Staff will take into account many factors when putting together panels, and may not be able to use the services of all qualified individuals who submit. If an individual is offered a position on a panel but is unable to participate because of scheduling or conflict of interest, OACV will continue to consider them for future panels. Panel Interest Forms will be saved and reviewed periodically for up to three years from the submission date.


If you have questions, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.
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Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191