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.

Cathartic Muse is a narrative justice incubator for multidisciplinary BIPoC, LGBTTQIA+, and Non-Binary creatives and community thought leaders using independent media and immersive storytelling to inspire generational healing at the intersections of race/ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and ability through cathartic stories of reverence, reclamation and resistance.

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

Tacoma Boat Builders creates transformational opportunities for marginalized and court-involved youth through positive mentorship, woodworking, and boat building. We are part of a larger effort to short circuit the school to prison pipeline by offering a place for youth in need of a safe place to learn and grow in different ways.