If you haven’t heard, the Arts Symposium is back and we’re here to bring you the the lowdown, as well as a few tips to keep in mind! Part of Art at Work Month, the two-day event is dedicated to providing local artists and arts organizations with nuts-and-bolts information in order to become and remain successful in the arts. We’ve got exciting conversations, workshops, and panels lined up to help you push your arts career to the next level. This year, we’ll have a keynote address by Gigi Rosenberg, author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing. Get a taste of Gigi’s speaking style in this great video from her website:
Her keynote alone will make it worth your while! Some of the other sessions we’ll be holding this year include Marketing with Social Media, Fund Your Projects: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary and Performing Artist, Engaging with Youth in the Arts, and Public Art Perspectives. For a full list of sessions and their descriptions, visit the Symposium page at www.ArtAtWorkTacoma.com.
Tip #1: There’s a lot going on, so make sure you don’t sign up for overlapping sessions!
Keep reading for more tips and information…
An anonymous valentine to literacy: yarn graffiti outside the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library.
A striking piece of public art is planted front and center outside the downtown Tacoma Public Library. The message “Long Live the Libraries” is knitted in white letters on a background of rose-colored yarn and wrapped around a 90-min. parking sign like a cozy sweater. This example of anonymous yarn graffiti certainly warmed our cockles at a time when independent booksellers are struggling to keep their doors open and the closure of a string of Borders bookstores has left gaping holes on the urban landscape. (Can everyone really afford to own a computer or a Kindle to download books or browse on Amazon, or does the closure of brick-and-mortar stores restrict information access to those who need it? Though we love our iPads and paper-free technology, the dwindling accessibility to concrete reading material has a whiff of the Dark Ages about it.)
Yes, we love our public library, its friendly and knowledgeable staff; the wonderful range of free services it provides (check out the teen StoryLab on the main floor – wow); the magnificent Northwest Room and Special Collections upstairs; the Handforth Gallery; its citywide bookclub, Tacoma Reads Together); and so much more. TPL headquarters is the most appropriate of places for a secretive visual artist to come spin an original yarn.
(To see urban artifacts by Agata Olek, who famously transformed the Wall St. bull with her clicking needles, click here.)