The Current, An Artist Award

The Current is an annual, unrestricted award providing financial and institutional support to a Black artist living and working in the Tacoma area. In recognition of artistic excellence and future promise, the awardee will receive a $15,000 unrestricted gift. Additionally, the awardee has the option of receiving various forms of support from the institution: whether that be career and artistry support or designing a program — all would include the full support of the Museum’s facilities, staff expertise, and labor. This dual investment champions the awardee directly and proliferates resources for the artist’s community, providing resources and strengthening networks that make creating art easier for Black artists.

Project Timeline

  • November 12, 2021: Soft Launch/ Open House
  • January 2022: Announcement of Collaborative Committee members
  • July 2022: Nominators announced
  • July – September 2022: Nominator Review
  • September 2022: Finalists announced
  • September – October 2022: Nominators vote
  • October 2022: Notification of Award Status
  • November 2022: Awardee announced

Questions? Contact Artist Award Manager Victoria Miles at