Tacoma Creates
May 20, 2021
Lisa Jaret
Tacoma Creates

Lisa Jaret (she/her) – Program Manager, Tacoma Creates

Lisa joined the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality as the Program Manager for Tacoma Creates in July 2019. Previously, she was at the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), serving as the Arts in Education Program Manager and working to support and strengthen K-12 arts education as part of basic education. Prior to ArtsWA, Lisa served as the Administrative Director of Education Programs for Seattle Children’s Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations are able to apply for funding that helps them expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Tacoma, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for ongoing cultural programs that provide value for people throughout the City of Tacoma.


CHIMAERA (they, them) is the Founder and Executive Producer of Cathartic Muse.

CHIMAERA is a Black, non-binary, queer multidisciplinary artist, community organizer and anti-oppression consultant from Tacoma, Washington’s Hilltop neighborhood located on the stolen lands of the Puyallup people and Coast Salish Territories. In 2018, CHIMAERA founded Cathartic Muse, a production company focused on using trauma informed storytelling and immersive creative experiences to elevate marginalized voices in media and center the stories of stolen people on stolen land.

iMPACT LENS, a program of Cathartic Muse, is a narrative justice incubator based in Tacoma, Washington providing technical support and training in non-extractive trauma-informed storytelling and impact producing to BIPoC creatives. We use media to resource marginalized communities to liberate themselves from oppressive narratives.

Shannon A. Shea, Ph.D. (she/her) is the Executive Director of Tacoma Boat Builders.

Dr. Shea is the Executive Director of Tacoma Boat Builders. A specialist in the fulfillment of human rights, Shannon’s work has focused on the empowerment of vulnerable populations by building programs that catalyze systemic social change through collective impact and cross-sector cooperation. Prior to joining TBB Shannon lived and worked in Mexico City as a research professor and director of graduate programs in Humanistic Studies at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.

Tacoma Boat Builders offers positive youth development programs for court-involved youth residing in Pierce County. The programs were created as a form of intervention disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline by providing community-based alternatives to incarceration, probation, and other forms of entanglement in the juvenile justice system. TBB’s programs aim to serve young people most at risk for negative outcomes as they encounter barriers to their success at home, in school, or other environments.