Tacoma’s Theater District is about to get a makeover. After being awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Tacoma has plans to revamp the area. In the works is a culture and transportation plan, set in the heart of the Theater District.
According to a recent press release, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts will partner with Pierce Transit to create this new space. With its focus on the arts, the plan will enhance the Theater District through the work of local artists.
“This project will benefit residents and visitors in the region by improving access and promoting more activities that support the arts, culture and recreation,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland.
The hub of Tacoma’s art scene, the Theater District is home to Theater on the Square, the Rialto, and the Pantages. With a new culture and transportation center in the works, the area will help residents engage with Tacoma’s vibrant artists.
“Artists, cultural organizations, and the broader public will be engaged in the redesign of an important gathering and transportation hub in the Theater District to increase access, improve use for cultural activities, strengthen our connection to the region, and enhance the look and feel of spaces through quality and design and public arts, said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.
The City of Tacoma is just one of 64 organizations that received an award from the NEA. As part of the Our Town Grant Program, a total of $4.3 million was awarded to projects across the nation. With 240 applicants this year, the City of Tacoma is one of the lucky few to receive an award.