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Tacoma Studio Tour


Application deadline: Friday, June 28, 2024, 11:59 pm

The Tacoma Arts Commission invites Tacoma artists and creatives, working in all artistic disciplines and mediums, to apply for the Tacoma Studio Tour and/or Arts at the Armory. You only need to fill out one application to be considered for either or both events. See the Arts at the Armory page on this website for more information about that event.

About the Tacoma Studio Tour:

The Tacoma Studio Tour is an exciting opportunity to invite the public into your working studio or performance space, give demonstrations of how you make your work, or host a simple interactive activity with the community. The emphasis of this tour is on raising awareness of artists and creatives and providing opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. Your working studio and/or performance space must be located in Tacoma. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis. There is no fee to apply and/or participate in the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Studios will be open on Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 11 am – 5 pm. You can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. While not required, we encourage you to have work for sale; no commission will be taken on any sales and you will handle any sale of your work directly. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email communications, social media posts, and an interactive website and map. We will also produce a basic printed mailer for the Tacoma Studio Tour. Each participating artist and creative is required to actively promote the Tacoma Studio Tour to their own contacts; we will provide publicity materials for this use.

This year, we will be continuing the Studio Tour Passport program as an incentive for people to visit new and/or multiple studios. Each studio space will receive a unique stamp to indicate guests’ attendance. You are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.

  • The following eligibility criteria applies for both the Tacoma Studio Tour and Arts at the Armory: You must live within the Tacoma city limits and/or your regular working studio or performance space must be located within the Tacoma city limits.
  • Your work must be created, performed, and/or made by you; not commercially acquired and/or appropriated.
  • If applying for the Tacoma Studio Tour and you would like to be a guest at another artist’s studio location, the eligibility guidelines listed above still apply. Each artist or creative in a group studio needs to submit their own application, work samples, and artist statement.
Creatives and artists who identify as members of the Global Majority; Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BBIPOC); African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American (ALAANA) communities; economically or socio-economically marginalized communities; LGBTQIA+ communities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Deadline for applications is Friday, June 28, 2024 by 11:59 pm. All applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of work and the overall variety of artistic disciplines and work represented. The Tacoma Studio Tour will also take into account geographic diversity of the studio locations. By applying for the Tacoma Studio Tour, and if accepted, you are making a commitment to participate in the event, short of extreme life circumstances.

Eligible artists and creatives interested in this opportunity must fill out the online application form and attach the following items via Submittable:

It’s easy to get started! Here’s what you can expect in your application:

  • Please upload 5 work samples to us of your recent or past work. You can upload JPEG files, audio files, video files, or provide URLs (web addresses) to access your work.
  • Please submit at least 1 JPEG image that can be used in promotional materials.
    • We recommend images at least be at a 300 ppi resolution. Images smaller than 600 pixels per side are not recommended. If selected, we will use the images in promotional material
  • We kindly require a short (70 words or less) artist statement/bio which describes you and your work. This information will be used in promotional materials.
    • Please write in the third person (using “she”, “he”, or “they” instead of “I”).

We reserve the right to edit the text to fit the parameters of the promotional materials.

Questions? Need help with your application?

Contact Daniel Garcia at or (253) 453-9793 


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