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Tacoma arts and culture nonprofits receive $4 million in sales tax funds

The sun shines above the Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma with the distinctive hot shop cone of the Museum of Glass in the background.
Ted S. Warren
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The Associated Press file
The sun shines above the Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma with the distinctive hot shop cone of the Museum of Glass in the background.

Fifty-one arts and cultural organizations in Tacoma are getting a boost to their budgets this year thanks to a voter-approved sales tax fund. Passed in 2018, the arts and culture tax amounts to one cent on every $10 spent in the city. This year, $4 million is being distributed to organizations large and small. Some grant recipients are high profile, such as the Tacoma Art Museum, which is receiving $360,000, and the Museum of Glass, which will get $320,000. But there are also grants of $6,375 to Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, $2,500 to Destiny City Music Collective and $16,200 to Alchemy Skateboarding.

 

Some of the funds will go to performing arts groups. Among those on the list are the Tacoma Refugee Choir, which will receive $50,000, and Tacoma Musical Playhouse, which has been granted $183,980.

 

Tacoma Creates, part of the city of Tacoma's Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, oversees the funding contracts. A city-appointed advisory board approves the grants. This is the second round of funding since the tax hike was approved.

 

All of the one-year grants begin July 1. 

 

A complete list of the organizations receiving funding as well as their grant amounts can be found here.

 

 

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