Spaceworks Tacoma has received a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the commission of site-specific installations and murals at vacant commercial spaces in downtown Tacoma.

The money will be used to continue funding Spaceworks Artscapes, the urban street side exhibition program that commissions 24 artists per year to create public art.

Funding will support the professional coordination of the Artscapes program, which is necessary to facilitate the selection of artists, management of properties, and promotion to diverse audiences.

“Our Artscapes program is one of the few arts programs in the region offering opportunities to local artists to publicly display their art. Plus it's a great opportunity for property owners with vacant space to partner with us to make their locations more desirable,” Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy said. “This kind of activity makes our downtown more beautiful and enjoyable to walk.”

Spaceworks will be one of 1,029 national grant recipients, chosen from 1,728 Art Works applications. This is the third time Spaceworks has received funding from the NEA.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Spaceworks Tacoma, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”