The City of Tacoma has been awarded $40,000 in Art Works funding from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The award is part of more than $82 million approved by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu for local arts projects across the country. The grant will go toward developing and implementing a project called “Public Art: Public Action.”

Through this program, a cohort of artists will convene to learn more about the Tacoma Mall area and the challenges and opportunities that exist there, as identified in the Tacoma Mall subarea planning efforts. Working with community partners, the artists will develop and implement creative placemaking and community engagement strategies that address civic and social community needs.

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

“The arts are truly essential to creative placemaking and cultivating more cohesive communities,” said Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “With this funding, the NEA is supporting the City of Tacoma's efforts to engage the community in a deeper and more meaningful way through our local artists.”