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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

Waterfront Phase I