Apply to Host a Community Art Show

Each selected organization may display an 11-week Community Art Show and host a reception at TAM during the run of the show! Receptions are held during free Third Thursday evenings, between the hours of 5 – 8 pm. The museum can assist in promoting the show through its website and press releases. The application process is detailed below.

Hosting a Community Art Show affords a unique opportunity to showcase your organization’s artistic talents in a public art museum, enjoy a dedicated gathering space and celebratory reception, and spread the word about your organization or group’s mission and goals.

Application Deadline for 2017 Community Art Show Program: Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

All application materials must be received by this date. Only emailed applications will be considered. Please see 2017 Community Art Show Calendar for schedule details.

Each participant will have the opportunity to host a reception during the 11-week run of the show. 

Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants that fit the eligibility requirements will be considered. 

  • Your proposed show must represent a group of artists. Single artist applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants must be based in the greater Western Washington and Puget Sound area.  Special consideration will be given to Tacoma-based applicants.
  • Interested parties are required to send a completed application by November 23, 2016 (see Application Materials below for details).
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants whose proposed show will be thematically related to TAM’s permanent collections or exhibitions on view during the run of the community show. Please click here to see information about current and upcoming exhibitions.

Applicants agree to:

  • Attend a 1 hour overview workshop covering marketing and publicity for your show, planning and installation techniques, reception details, and timelines.
  • Select and/or create works that will comfortably fit into the wall dimensions and exhibit spaces.
  • Fill out a “Market Me” form and co-promote the show.
  • Oversee the following aspects of the Community Art Show:
    • Transportation of the artwork to and from the museum
    • Installation and de-installation of the artwork with TAM staff assistance
    • Writing and preparing label content for the show, to be printed by TAM
    • Co-hosting a Community Art Show reception
      • Promote the reception amongst constituencies
      • Have artists available to meet and greet visitors
      • Oversee an audience engagement activity, performance, or program

*Note: The space is also utilized as an active classroom and event space.  The room may be closed to the public during museum hours for private parties, workshops, and school tours.

Application Materials

All applicants must submit the following materials:

A completed application form which includes:

  • Name of Organization/Group; physical address, website url, phone number
  • Name of lead organizer; direct line or cell phone and current email address
  • Statement about your vision for the Community Art Show (under 750 words), addressing: the theme or messaging behind the proposed show, artist selection process, information about how the show aligns with your organization’s mission, and (if applicable) how your show will tie to TAM’s collections and/or exhibitions.
  • Links to website and social media (if applicable)
  • Actionable marketing and communication plan for spreading the word and encouraging community attendance
  • Plans for an interactive component of the community art installation (i.e. related artmaking activity, music, collaborative art piece, etc.) and/or reception

Please complete the online form by Wednesday, November 23 at 5pm. You will receive a confirmation email verifying receipt within 48 hours of submitting your application.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be reviewed by TAM staff and a small community panel using a rubric that scores for: overall vision for the community art show (mission, connection to TAM, relevance in community, uniqueness, etc.), preparedness and planning (communication strategies, information about the art and artists, details about the organization), and the plan for an interactive audience engagement component and/or reception. 

Selection Process

Applicants must fulfill the application requirements by November 23.

Museum staff and a community selection committee will review and evaluate all applications per criteria listed above, and select participants.

TAM will notify all applicants by Friday, December 2, of the selection results. 


Contact Britt Board,, 253-272-4258 x3062.

Thank you for your interest!