In support of the arts in the community, the Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded nearly $200,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations and 24 local artists.

“We are excited and honored to support furthering the arts in our community,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Heather Conklin in a prepared statement. “From large organizations, to groups and individual artists, our city benefits from projects and events that encourage dialogue between one another, foster engagement and expand our understanding of one another.”

Through its Arts Anchor Fund program, the city awarded $130,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations in recognition of their service to the community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs. The awards range in value from $10,000 to $16,000 each.

The recipients are: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In 2018, these organizations served 525,375 people, provided free admission to 136,816 people, and generated an estimated $14.5 million in collateral spending for the local economy.

In addition, the city honored 24 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards. The program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format. The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each.

The 2019-2020 recipients are: Kristina Batiste, Dionne Bonner, Gabriel Brown, Sarah Chavez, Kim Davenport, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, Ryan Feddersen, Erin Guinup, Chad Hagedorn, Lucia Harrison, Fumiko Kimura, Nori Kimura, Lisa Kinoshita, Sasha LaPointe, Melinda Raebyne, Elizabeth Reeves, Brian Robinson, Jeanette Sanchez-Izenman, Jamika Scott, Kenya Shakoor, Sharon Styer, Wendy Wahman, and Anique Zimmer.