Expedia, one of the world’s most well-known travel company brands, recently released its second annual “Most Artistic Towns in America” list and, not surprisingly, Tacoma made the cut.
“It’s fantastic,” said Michael Sweney, chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission. “It recognizes that this city really is on the move.”
Sweney, who has served on the 15-member commission for 10 years and is in his third year as chair, said Tacoma has been going through a renaissance over the past 10-15 years, and the arts are a significant part of that.
Amy McBride, arts administrator in the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, said Expedia got it right when it mentioned the City’s launch of ArtFull Tacoma in 2016 and the five-year strategic plan this establishes for long-term investment in art institutions, projects, and initiatives like expanding the arts to underserved communities in the city.
“(Expedia) recognizes how we’re doing a comprehensive approach,” McBride said.