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Public Art

Projecting Drop, Jill Anholt


In March of 2000, the City of Tacoma reinstated the Municipal Art Program that dedicates 1% of construction costs from public capital projects to the creation of public art.


The City of Tacoma's public art collection is diverse and pieces can be found incorporated into the fabric of our infrastructure in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. The collection tells our stories, provides interest in neighborhoods, creates identity, establishes community presence, and reflects the many talents of artists.


The benefits of public art are many. It can transform eyesores into amenities, enliven design, provide wayfinding, become a landmark, encourage community dialogues, and create spaces and places where people want to visit and stay.


Public art is a city's legacy that needs to be nurtured and cared for. Proper stewardship for the collection reflects that caring and commitment to quality. 


Current Projects

Learn about the newest public art projects that are currently being created in Tacoma. Projects include artwork for the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection as well as artwork we are managing for partner agencies.


Learn more about current public art projects



public art tour

Public Art Tour

Take a virtual tour of some of the public art pieces that can be discovered throughout Pierce County. Search by category, location, or artist to explore the diverse range of public art and map out a customized itinerary to experience the work in person.


Launch the online Public Art Tour



Traffic Box Wraps Traffic box wrap by Tim + April

Launched in 2015, the Traffic Box Wrap project is designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to public infrastructure that is often targeted by vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue. Thirty-eight Tacoma artists have created artwork designs that have been reproduced as vinyl wraps and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout the city.



East 64th StreetKristen Ramirez and Elisheba Johnson at East 64th Streetscape site

Kristen Ramirez and Elisheba Johnson created East Tacoma Textiles, a permanent public artworks along East 64th Street, between Pacific Avenue and McKinley Avenue, to enliven this multi-modal transportation corridor running through this residential neighborhood. 

Watch a video about the artwork



East 40th StreetPoetry on the sidewalk of East 40th Street

Write253 partnered with Roosevelt Elementary, the City of Tacoma Environmental Services, and the Arts & Cultural Vitality Division to present Invisible Sidewalk Poetry. Poems by students at Roosevelt were applied on the sidewalk at E. 40th St. in Tacoma, near the Pipeline Trail.

Watch a video about the project (video by Silong Chhun)


Nexus, by RYAN! Feddersen

Prairie Line Trail

A mile-long park filled with art and history, the Prairie Line Trail was created by the City of Tacoma along the tracks of the retired Prairie Line. It links Tacoma's waterfront, downtown, University, and Brewery Districts. The trail draws visitors to our historic downtown, where curated art greets trail users.

Take a walking tour of the Prairie Line Trail

Andy Warhol, Flower for the Tacoma Dome

Artwork at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (GTCC)

The Greater Tacoma Convention Center features artwork by Stuart Keeler & Michael Machnic, Yuki Nakamura & Joseph Miller, Alex Schweder, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Andy Warhol, and Michael Brophy.

Find out more about the art at GTCC

John Rogers, Chroma Twist

Artwork at Tacoma Police Headquarters and Substations

This collection of public art includes three pieces by John Rogers as well as pieces by Chris Spadafore, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Justin Hahn, and Lavonne & George Hoivik.

Find out more about the art at Tacoma Police Stations

Tacoma Murals ProjectLarchmont neighborhood mural

From 2010 - 2017, the Tacoma Murals Project joined artists and communities through the collaborative process of mural-making to create powerful artworks that transformed public spaces, neighborhood identities, and individual lives.

Find out more about the Tacoma Murals Project



Gift Proposal Application

To propose the gifting of a piece of artwork to the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection, fill out and submit the Gift Proposal Application form.

Find out more about how to gift a piece of artwork to the City

Ordinance and Policy

Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B
Public Art Accession Policy
Public Art Deaccession Policy
Public Art Gift Policy
Artist Eligibility and Selection Process Policy