The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday the recipients of its spring grant program, including two Tacoma institutions: the Tacoma Arts Commission and the Museum of Glass. Washington state received more than $1.52 million of the federal funding, with most of that going to Seattle groups. Two grants went to Olympia organizations (including the Washington State Arts Commission), one to Centrum in Port Townsend and one to Northwest Heritage Resources in Lake Forest Park.
The Tacoma Arts Commission, part of the city of Tacoma, received a grant of $25,000 to support Spaceworks Tacoma, an initiative that matches artists and creative enterprise with long-term vacant commercial space downtown. The program also includes a professional training curriculum for participant artists and entrepreneurs. The Museum of Glass, meanwhile, received $45,000 to support Hot Shop Heroes, a glassblowing program for wounded soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Suited to the needs of participants because of the precision and teamwork required, Hot Shop Heroes encourages life-long learning in the arts, while supporting healing and creativity and culminating in an exhibition of participants’ work.
A complete list of grants is available at arts.gov.