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Metro Arts

Metro Arts serves thousands of individuals each year through a range of fee-based and free activities focused on visual and performing arts. The mission of Metro Arts is to provide a wide array of arts activities in Tacoma —both hands-on and experiential—that is accessible to all. The Metro Arts vision is an engaged community that appreciates and understands Tacoma's cultural arts and assets and who embraces the role of the arts in an active lifestyle.

The Metro Arts program provides recreational opportunities for citizens to actively participate in an array of cultural arts pursuits through classes, camps, events, community gallery spaces and other activities. Metro Arts is built on creating lifestyles for active living and wellness, showcasing cultural awareness through diverse programming, and providing a safe vehicle for fun through creative expression. Programs are primarily entry-level to intermediate-level and are designed to give the participant an opportunity to explore, learn, and/or participate in a wide range of arts that includes dance, theatre, music, visual art, and specialty culinary art.

Metro Arts’ free activities comprise our Arts Outreach program, and especially target underserved areas of the city. These outreach activities include in-depth neighborhood collaborative arts projects, arts activities, and performances at free community events, art exhibits, and creative activities and projects at community centers. Many of the activities bring groups of children and families together to learn about a particular culture through their collaborative arts project.