Metro Parks Partners with City of Tacoma to Create Public Arts Program

Are you an artist living in Pierce County? Do you ever look around at your community and wish there was more public and interactive art around the city? If you answered these questions with a resounding and enthusiastic “Yes!” then you may be interested in the new Public Art Reaching Community (PARC) program.

PARC was created by Metro Parks Tacoma in collaboration with the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality. The program offers artists a six-week, intensive, hands-on, public arts education. Local artists of any creative discipline are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Artists selected for the cohort will receive a $500 stipend and free training from professionals in the field to learn how to develop art for the public realm. Each member of the cohort will design and create their own temporary public art installation with a total budget of $1,000 and will compete for five permanent public art projects averaging $30,000 each.

Participants will be taught essential skills for producing public art, such as how to work with communities, construction and fabrication, and project management. Students will engage in an experiential program that combines classroom sessions with field trips, peer discussion, and, of course, creating their own temporary public art project.

PARC aims to provide local artists with the skills and experience needed to apply for public art projects locally, regionally, and nationally. The program hopes to address the barriers up-and-coming artists often face when pursuing public art opportunities, mainly the lack of experience within the public art field. This is just one in a series of programs hosted over the years by the City of Tacoma designed to support local artists and engage the broader community in conversations about public art.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, you can visit this website. Applications are due online by Feb. 10, at 11:59 p.m.

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