The Tacoma Arts Commission recently announced the nine recipients of its 2011-20l2 Arts Anchor Fund program. The biennial program established in 1995 supports Tacoma arts organizations by funding artistic fees and production expenses in order to keep arts activities affordable. This year’s awards ranged from $25,000 to $40,000.
The 2011-2012 recipients are the Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists in Residence, the Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. In 2010, says the Commission, these nine organizations served 433,842 people, provided free admission to 77,941 people, and generated an estimated $10.3 million in collateral spending for the local economy.
“Maintaining steady support for our anchor arts groups is very important right now – these organizations provide quality and consistent arts programming to the community and are addressing economic need by offering many free or discounted tickets,” said Sarah Idstrom, chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission. “The commission appreciates the ongoing investment the City has made in the arts, at a level that can truly have an impact.”
The Arts Anchor Fund is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit www.tacomaculture.org.