Public Works Artist-in-Residence (Transportation Master Plan) / Calls & Submissions

February 9, 2024

Organization Name: (City of Tacoma) Arts & Cultural Vitality Division

Organization Location: Tacoma, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


DEADLINE: February 9, 2024 @ 11:59pm
INFO SESSION: January 18, 2024, 5:30pm via Zoom (
BUDGET: $60,000 stipend (up to $4,000 per month), plus additional funds for project implementation
TIME COMMITTMENT: March 2024 – May 2025 (part-time)

The City of Tacoma’s Division of Arts & Cultural Vitality (ACV), in partnership with the Public Works Department (PW), is seeking an artist to serve as an Artist in Residence (AiR) on a part-time basis from March 2024 through May 2025. The AiR will act as an in-house creative strategist and embedded artists to focus on advising on and implementation related to policy strategies for the upcoming PW Transportation Master Plan. Artists may also be exposed to the other lines of business within PW including Engineering, Facilities Management, Street Operations and Event Road Closures but will be primarily expected to provide recommendations for the Transportation Master Plan.

A successful AiR will act as an in-house creative strategist, will produce an art mini-plan and will produce a tangible demonstration project meant to increase awareness of issues within the Public Works department, improve customer experience, and inspire behavioral change as will be outlined in the upcoming Transportation Master Plan. The AiR will be expected to work part-time in-person at Tacoma Municipal Building offices, out in the field and/or in conversation with staff and community for a minimum average of 20 hours per week for the duration of the residency. The stipend is meant to compensate the artist for their time and work. In addition to the stipend, the AiR will be provided access to funds for project implantation, on-site workspace, materials, expert staff, design services for the art mini-plan and in-kind support from PW.

The City encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and creative disciplines to apply.

•This call is open to artists and other creative professionals residing or working in King, Pierce, Thurston or Kitsap counties for the duration of the residency.
•Applicants must be willing to acquire a Tacoma Business License and Commercial General Liability Insurance if selected (staff is available to help with this).
•Applicants cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission or an employee of the City of Tacoma
•People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are especially encouraged to apply


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