The City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality is encouraging organizations and community members whose work is focused on science and heritage to attend two upcoming community conversations about the voter-approved initiative Tacoma Creates.

“Science and heritage are vital fields of practice that enrich our community,” stated Tacoma Arts administrator Amy McBride in a prepared statement. “We want to learn more about the unique needs of organizations grounded in these fields and how Tacoma Creates can support the expansion of their programming as they continue to serve our youth and neighborhoods.”

The heritage-focused event is scheduled for Monday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.

The science-focused event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at RAIN Incubator, 2304 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma.

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to expand and financially support arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma, reduce barriers to access, and increase offerings for youth after school and in the summer.

During these events, which are free and open to the public, attendees learn more about Tacoma Creates, its intended purpose, the parameters defined in the legislation to guide program development, opportunities this funding could support, and next steps as the city engages with the community to evolve it.

Following a brief introductory presentation at each event, there will be a forum to share what programs science and heritage organizations currently offer in Tacoma and what the evolution of these programs could look like with Tacoma Creates funding support. Feedback from the events will be used to help guide the development of eligibility criteria and funding programs.

For more information about the heritage-focused event, visit the heritage event’s Facebook page. For more information about the science-focused event, visit the science event’s Facebook page.