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Tacoma Creates leverages the significant public and private investment in civic initiatives.

It leverages investments

Tacoma Creates leverages our investments—Investments like the Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization project and master planning for the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood. It includes revitalization of the downtown Theatre District, creation of the Museum District, and development of UW Tacoma, the Foss Waterway and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

It supports economic growth

Arts and culture in the city of Tacoma generates $137 million a year in total economic activity. It supports 3,600 jobs and generates $86 million in household income. Tacoma Creates will boost the Tacoma economy through an enhanced cultural community, with sustainable cultural assets.

It supports our youth.

Tacoma Creates also complements and reinforces Tacoma’s strong network of successful youth, education and equity initiatives, such as Graduate Tacoma, the early childhood learning programs at the Children’s Museum, Metro Parks’ Whole Child Access Pass, Communities In Schools and the community partnerships of Tacoma Public Schools.

For example, a partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma, in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club and the Y, increased youth participation in sports from 2,500 in 2015 to 10,000 this year. Tacoma Creates will provide funds to extend arts and culture programs in the same manner.

The intention is to strengthen the cultural identity, spark the creative energy and promote the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and communities to support youth, families and neighborhoods, improve livability, and increase our economic base.



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