The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $72,000 in Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding to 24 Tacoma-based artists.
“The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program is just one of many avenues through which Tacoma experiences the arts — by Tacoma for Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Commission chair Rosie Ayala in a prepared statement. “Artists contribute to the collective expression and healing of our city and show up with that spirit now more than ever. We are thrilled to support the creative economy and look forward to the opportunities these artists foster for our community.”
The 2021-2022 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are Curtis Ashby, Marit Berg, Katie Dean, Priscilla Dobler, Lance Griffith, Maria Jost, Kareem Kandi, Rian Kelly, Gene Kemper, Rico Lastrapes, David Long, Miriam McBride, Adrian Milanio, Mark Monlux, Gloria Muhammad, Tamiko Nimura, Chandler O’Leary, Gerardo Peña, Kellie Richardson, Mauricio Robalino, Suzanne Skaar, Cydney Stephens, Jacob Sunday, and Chuck Taylor.
Each artist was awarded $3,000. Funded projects included, but were not limited to, painting of public murals; illustration, reading, and distribution of a children’s book; production of a virtual concert; and illustrated tools to support mental health.