The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the recipients of $295,000 in arts funding for the 2015-16 biennium.
Nine Tacoma-based arts organizations will receive a total of $255,000 through the Arts Anchor Fund program, which supports larger non-profit groups.
Sixteen Tacoma artists will receive $2,500 each for a total of $40,000 through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program, designed to make new artistic work free and accessible to the public.
The grants represent two of the three city arts funding programs administered by the commission.
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“Supporting a diverse group of local artists and arts organizations helps build a creative community,” said commission chair Traci Kelly. “Funding the arts at multiple levels means our city gives everyone opportunities for meaningful engagement and expression.”
Receiving the 2015-16 Arts Anchor Fund program award are Hilltop Artists, the Museum of Glass, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and The Grand Cinema.
In 2014, the nine organizations served 500,654 people, provided free admission to 124,209 people and generated an estimated $9.55 million for the local economy, according to the city’s press release.
Funded by the 2015-16 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program were artists Saign Charlestein, Jennifer Chushcoff, Matthew Coté, Kristin Giordano, Michael Haeflinger, Whitney Henry-Lester, Christopher Jordan, Jeremy Mangan, Janet Marcavage, Tim Norris, Chandler O'Leary, Isaac Olsen, Nichole Rathburn, Holly Senn, Emilie Shimkus and Gregory Youtz.
A list of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission is available at cityoftacoma.org/arts.