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58 Cultural Organizations Funded by Tacoma Creates

58 Cultural Organizations Funded by Tacoma Creates


May 8, 2020



Tammi Bryant, Tacoma Venues and Events Director of Marketing, tbryant@tacomavenues.org, (253) 593-7617

58 Cultural Organizations Funded by Tacoma Creates

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality recently launched the inaugural year of Tacoma Creates funding with contracts totaling just under $1 million to 58 organizations whose primary purpose is to advance or preserve arts, culture, heritage, and science. These organizations’ work includes a range of public programming for all ages, youth education programs, and a commitment to equitable and inclusive access for people throughout the City of Tacoma. 

Following several pilot programs and capacity building projects over the past nine months, this is the first round of competitive funding for the Tacoma Creates initiative, which was approved by Tacoma voters in November 2018. 

“The current restrictions on public gatherings have had a tremendous impact on the cultural sector, however their work has not stopped. The cultural sector is instrumental in lifting spirits and supporting social cohesion during physical distancing, and will be even more so during Tacoma's recovery,” said Tacoma Creates Program Manager Lisa Jaret. “It is critical to preserve the cultural sector so that it is able to help sustain our community.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic offers an unprecedented opportunity for the cultural sector to serve the community in creative ways that are needed now more than ever,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “The pandemic does not change what Tacoma Creates was designed to do, it enhances the opportunity and these deserving organizations are providing meaningful public benefit.”

The City is taking a conservative and incremental approach to the distribution of Tacoma Creates funding with an anticipated reduction of sales tax revenues due to COVID-19. On April 21, 2020, the Tacoma City Council approved the release of up to $1 million of Tacoma Creates funds for initial 2020 Tacoma Creates contracts. These funds will be distributed to organizations approved for funding by independent review panels, with amounts based on the panels’ rating of each application using the published review criteria. As available funding allows, additional Tacoma Creates funds will be released to these organizations to further their public benefit efforts. 

The 58 organizations who will receive Tacoma Creates funding are:

Alchemy Skateboarding
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Breaker Gallery
Buffalo Soldiers Museum
Cathartic Muse
Centro Latino
Children's Museum of Tacoma
Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation
Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma
Destiny City Film Festival
Elements of Education Partners
Entertainment Resource Alliance
FabLab Nonprofit
Foss Waterway Seaport
Genesis HCDC
Hilltop Artists
Historic Tacoma
Job Carr Cabin Museum
Krownless Kings
LeMay-America's Car Museum
Museum of Glass
Northwest Sinfonietta
Oasis Youth Center 
Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma
Permaculture Lifestyle Institute
Puget Sound Revels
RAIN Incubator
Rainbow Center
Symphony Tacoma
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma Arts Live
Tacoma Art Walk
Tacoma Boat Builders
Tacoma City Association of Colored Women's Clubs
Tacoma City Ballet
Tacoma Concert Band
Tacoma Historical Society
Tacoma Little Theatre
Tacoma Ocean Fest
Tacoma Opera Association
Tacoma Refugee Choir
Tacoma Sister Cities
Tacoma Tree Foundation
Tacoma Urban Land Trust
Tacoma Urban League
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, T.U.P.A.C.
Tacoma Waterfront Association
Tacoma Youth Symphony Association
Tacoma Youth Theatre 
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber - Spaceworks
Ted Brown Music Outreach
The Grand Cinema
The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra
The Night Show With Will & Keilani
WayOut Kids



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. 

More information about Tacoma Creates is available at cityoftacoma.org/tacomacreates.