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Tacoma-Pierce County has a long history of incubating and launching artists. With native talent from crooner Bing Crosby to glassblowing genius Dale Chihuly to automobile collector Harold LeMay,
Tacoma has a rich history of arts and culture. In fact, Tacoma is the second-most museum-dense city in the state of Washington.
Outside Tacoma, there are a bevy of attractions to explore for history buffs, those interested in learning more about the military, theater aficionados, and kids. From Duport to Gig Harbor, Puyallup to Lakewood, and all points in between, there are a variety of museums, performing arts groups, and art fairs that enrich the area.
- Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County
The Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County consists of 26 arts, culture, and heritage organizations located in the City of Tacoma and throughout Pierce County.
- Arts education
Local school districts and higher education institutions offer access to a variety of artistic expression.
- Pacific Lutheran University events calendar
- Pierce College events calendar
- Tacoma Public Schools – Programs like the Hilltop Artists and School of the Arts (SOTA) foster the artistic talent of our next generation.
- Tacoma Community College events calendar
- University of Puget Sound events calendar
- University of Washington Tacoma events calendar
- Art Guide Northwest
Art Guide Northwest is the most comprehensive online guide to Seattle art and the Pacific Northwest art scene. Links to hundreds of galleries, museums, antiques, artists, and cultural events. Includes feature articles about the arts in the Pacific NW and contact information for all listings.
- Performing arts
For exquisite musical and arts performances, Tacoma turns to the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, including beautifully restored Pantages and Rialto theaters, the Theatre on the Square, and the Tacoma Armory. Together, these venues feature performances by visiting artists and these regionally-based groups:
- Visual arts
Tacoma-Pierce County has a strong and growing arts and cultural sector that offers a multitude of attractions for residents and visitors. The hub of activity is Tacoma’s Museum District with four museums that have been central to downtown’s transformation.
- Pierce County Arts Commissions
The Pierce County Arts Commission was formed in 1985 to serve as a volunteer advisory group to Pierce County government. This nine member Commission is recognized by the State of Washington and Pierce County for the important role it plays in delivering programs and services that stimulate participation and growth in the arts throughout Pierce County. The Commission is administered by Pierce County’s Economic Development Department.
- Travel Tacoma+Pierce County
To learn more about the arts and cultural offerings in Pierce County, visit the Travel Tacoma+Pierce County website.