The Pierce County Arts Commission (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. For more information, please contact the Economic Development office Link to Contact Kathy Sorgenfrei at (253) 798-6150.
Pierce County Traffic Box Art Wrap Project
Submission Deadline: 7/18/2022 by 11:59 p.m.
The Pierce County Arts Commission is seeking designs that can be reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout unincorporated Pierce County. This opportunity is open to amateur and professional artists of all levels, residing within Pierce County, working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a 2-dimensional vinyl wrap.
The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue.
Take a look at what our Arts Commission accomplished in 2021!
Tourism is an important industry in Pierce County. Visitors come from all over the country and even all over the world to visit our mountain, golf our courses, kayak and fish our shores, visit our museums and fairs, and sample our rhubarb pie, Almond Roca, craft beers and distilled spirits.
The Economic Development Department administers the funds generated by the tourism industry in the form of taxes and fees paid on overnight stays. Two advisory boards recommend how these funds should be invested—the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and the Tourism Promotion Area Commission. For more information, please contact Mike Gommi at (253) 798-6914 or [email protected].
The application period for the LTAC and TPA 2023 Funding Cycle is open from June 17 to July 18, 2022. See links below for additional information and instructions.
As a result of the Pierce County Tourism Strategic planning process, a new tourism funding direction has been launched. Pierce County’s tourism efforts are focused on generating incremental overnight stays through four key priorities. Projects submitted through the application process must support these four priorities:
Drive Overnight Visitors — All funded programs must proactively generate overnight visitors
Leverage Proven or Identified Demand Generators — All funded programs must incorporate and leverage the existing demand generators
Focus on Specified Target Markets — All funded programs must include identified target markets and how the program will reach and convert them to overnight stays