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Public Art

In 2014, Metro Parks Tacoma embraced a policy of setting aside 1 percent of the district’s capital projects budget for public art.

This policy and the district’s $198 million capital improvement bond are driving forward numerous artworks throughout the district with support from the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality.

Goals for the art program include:

  • Using public art to foster Metro Parks’ multi-pronged mission of fostering active lifestyles, promoting appreciation and stewardship of nature and wildlife, and building understanding of culture and heritage.
  • Showcasing art outside traditional settings.
  • Contributing to the diversity and livelihood of the Tacoma art scene.
  • Making art accessible and visible throughout Tacoma.
  • Creating public art that delights, intrigues, attracts visitors, and broadens the public’s experience.
Metro Parks Tacoma Public Art Plan

Visit the City of Tacoma's website to learn about upcoming artistic opportunities.


Current and Upcoming Projects

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
New Pacific Seas Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Front entrance

Eastside Community Center

Metro Parks Tacoma, through the work of lead artists Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Stoll, selected a cohort of eleven artists with ties to the Eastside neighborhood to participate in a paid public art training program.

The goal of this training cohort was preparing artists to move from a studio art practice to creating public artworks. The cohort represented a diverse range of art forms, ethnicities, cultural experiences, ages, backgrounds, and abilities -  Through classroom sessions with experts and a hands-on training project, the cohort learned about public art, practiced responding to artist calls, wrote and presented their own project proposals, and each created a temporary public artwork. Each artist received a $500 attendance-based stipend upon completion of the training program, with an additional $1,000 budget for the temporary public artwork.

Participating artists included: Adika Bell, Dionne Bonner, Lisa Fruichantie, LeShawn Gamble, Tiffanny Hammonds (through a partnership with Sound Transit), Gerardo Peña, Elizabeth Reeves, Brian Robinson, Chuck Taylor, Dion Thomas, James Youngs, Jasmine Brown (audited).


  • Artwork Title: Art Brief
    Selected Artists: Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Stoll
  • Artwork Title: Portable Works Purchase
    Selected Artists:Darishma Alphonse, Adika Bell, Jasmine Brown, Kate Cendejas Thun, Anthony Duenas, Lisa Fruichantie, Lourdes Jackson, Gwen Jones, Denis Maina, Gerardo Peña, Shaun Peterson, Kenya Shakoorm, Grace A Washington

Waterfront Phase I