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18 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

17 Dec Community members participate in The Horn Dance, part of Puget Sound Revels' Bromliad event. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Revels.
Community members participate in The Horn Dance, part of Puget Sound Revels' Bromliad event. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Revels.

Community members participate in The Horn Dance, part of Puget Sound Revels’ Bromliad event. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Revels.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2015 Arts Projects funding to 18 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, visual, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $4,600.

Arts Projects funding will help support the 12th year of Monkeyshines - a guerrilla art project happening around Chinese New Year each year. Photo provided by Monkeyshines.

Arts Projects funding will help support the 12th year of Monkeyshines – a guerrilla art project. Photo provided by Monkeyshines.

“Grassroots arts programming consistently reflects Tacoma’s diverse neighborhoods and interests with an emphasis on accessibility,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “We are proud to support this outstanding group of high quality, community-based projects.”

Funded projects include the production of five diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, contemporary and classical dance performances, a theater production, a variety of music performances, poetry readings, arts components to a cultural event, and a community-wide guerrilla art project.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Funded organizations include the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Elements of Education, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Metropolitan Glass, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Puget Sound Revels, Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, Toy Boat Theatre, University of Washington, and the Washington State Historical Society.

The Arts Projects funding program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Arts Projects is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit

300 Block Art Walk, Puyallup Ave. Tacoma

16 Dec

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:


Check out the convergence of activity happening on the 300 block of Puyallup Ave. this Third Thursday! Spaceworks Tacoma would like to thank property owners Rick Semple & Jori Adkins for their generosity and partnership. We hope to see you there… hop on the Art Bus to catch this event and more.

323-A Puyallup Ave. G R A N D  O P E N I N G 
Spaceworks is excited to announce REVIVE, a new collective of artisans; makers of locally crafted, sustainably sourced, custom made furniture and furnishings

311 Puyallup Ave. Urban Garden Company 
“A shop for the botanically inclined” 20% off all things with roots

301-A Puyallup Ave. Tacoma Academy of Fine Art
‘Origins’ a showing of student and instructor works plus LIVE figure drawing from costumed model… Open to all! Easel and materials provided! FREE!

301-B Puyallup Ave. Tim + April Pop-Up Shop 
A one-night-only pop-up shop from…

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Ruston-Pt. Defiance celebrates art and community

15 Dec
Back row: John Truman (RPDBD President 2014-15), Karen Truman (Treasurer of Tacoma Neighborhoods Together), Tammi Herridge (property owner & proprietor of Antique Sandwich Co.) From row: Beth Torbet (RPDBD Past President 2010-14), Lily Weddermann , Jennifer Weddermann (artist), Juel Lugo (LILT, Project Manager)

Back row: John Trueman (RPDBD President 2014-15), Karen Trueman (Treasurer of Tacoma Neighborhoods Together), Tamie Herridge (property owner & proprietor of Antique Sandwich Co.) From row: Beth Torbet (RPDBD Past President 2010-14), Lily Weddermann , Jennifer Weddermann (artist), Juel Lugo (LILT, Project Manager)

Art plays such a powerful role in the vitality of a community. It was illustrated again last Saturday morning as the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business District dedicated their new art installation, a series of four sculptural benches, funded in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Gathered were members of the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business community and artist Jennifer Weddermann, joyfully celebrating the latest colorful addition of public art – sculpture in the form of benches.

You'll find one of the four benches outside of the Antique Sandwich Co. at N. 51st and Pearl.

You’ll find one of the four benches outside of the Antique Sandwich Co. at N. 51st and Pearl.

The benches, hand-crafted by local artist Jennifer Weddermann, are made of steel and have aquatic and octopus imagery along with gears and mechanical elements that represent the district’s strong manufacturing history. Two of the sculptural benches have additional functional elements – one has a bike rack while the other hinges to allow users to sit facing two directions.

This wasn’t the first time the arts have helped the ‘North Pearl Business District.’ Unsolicited appreciations were shared about other funded art projects and programs in the district. A large mural on the wall of the Antique Sandwich Company was one. The impact of Spaceworks was another.

“This district has had a 50% occupancy rate. Spaceworks is great, bringing in more interest, adding vitality and potential new tenants,” said community activist John Truman.

This is great grass roots economic development in our neighborhoods, affecting small businesses and supporting local artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to have supported the bench project through Arts Projects funding.

All photos used with permission from Dane Gregory Meyer. Copyright Dane Gregory Meyer.


Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyDane Gregory Meyer has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

Creative Space – you have needs, we are listening

11 Dec creative space

creative space

Help support the growth of Tacoma’s creative community by taking an online survey!

Are you an artist or engaged in creative pursuits?
Do you lead an arts or cultural organization or creative business?
Do you need affordable space to live, work, create, rehearse, perform, or conduct business?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please take our comprehensive online artist market survey that will help the City and local developers understand the needs of the creative community in Tacoma. Our goal is to maintain and develop new affordable space for living, working and creating in Tacoma. Data from the survey will show the need, build support, help secure funding, and assist developers and creative space providers like Spaceworks Tacoma to help them make decisions that best benefit creative use within existing and future developments. Your input and a large response is critical to the project’s success – help us spread the word!

"Seal of Approval", version 1, created by Jessica Spring.

“Seal of Approval”, version 1, created by Jessica Spring.

Take the survey at by February 9, 2015. We’ll even send you a piece of original letterpress art created by Jessica Spring, while supplies last!


"Seal of Approval", version 2, created by Jessica Spring.

“Seal of Approval”, version 2, created by Jessica Spring.

This survey is a partnership between the City of Tacoma, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and Artspace with generous support from JPMorgan Chase. The survey is being conducted by Artspace, the nations’ leading non-profit developer of affordable artists’ live/work spaces.  Artspace has been hailed by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation and others as an inspiration for the emergent creative placemaking movement. For more than 30 years, Artspace has brought its expertise to more than 200 cultural facility planning efforts from coast to coast.


Become a Monkeyshines Enabler

10 Dec

Candle Cup largeIn the past 11 years, have you ever caught yourself outside in the wee hours of the morning, flashlight in hand, digging through shrubbery and roaming parks on the hunt for a hidden glass ball or medallion? If so, you can count yourself among the thousands of people who have taken part in Monkeyshines – a community event designed to get our community out and exploring our beautiful city while celebrating Chinese New Year.

Monkeyshines began in 2003 when a group of anonymous artists in Tacoma banded together to produce glass balls and medallions emblazoned with the Year of the Monkey logo. That year, 200 pieces of artwork were hidden throughout the city. The artists have been creating glass gifts for 11 years, and this year, the Year of the Ram, marks the final cycle of the 12 year Chinese New Year calendar. The artists would like to FILL the city with glass gifts, and with your help they will be able to hire local artists to produce over 1000 pieces of glass.

Consider become a part of Tacoma’s history by donating to The Monkeyshine Project. For every donation of $100 or more, Monkeyshines will thank you with an exclusive 2015 Year of the Ram candle cup. The cups will be available in January for pick-up at Creative Forces in the Hotel Murano Tacoma.

Let’s help make this amazing community event happen for the final year of the cycle! Donations are gratefully accepted through the Monkeyshine Project PayPal account.

Questions? Contact

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Monkeyshine Project through Arts Projects funding.

Funding Available for Tacoma Artists

2 Dec
Carla Barragan, 2013-14 TAIP funding recipient, choreographed Raven and the One who Sits on the Tides.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipient Carla Barragan choreographed Raven and the One who Sits on the Tides.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting 2015-16 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork and present that work through a free public component. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on January 26, 2015.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipient Sarah Gilbert's "Boy with Watermelon". Photo by Jeff Curtis.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipient Sarah Gilbert’s “Boy with Watermelon”. Photo by Jeff Curtis.

“TAIP is a remarkable program and I am proud that the City offers artists the opportunity to develop innovative work for public benefit,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “From traditional art exhibits, music and dance performances, to free ‘how to’ workshops, Tacoma continues to benefit from the creative energy participants contribute to our community.”

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by December 31, 2016.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2011 and 2014 are not eligible to apply.

Please see the TAIP guidelines and application form for full details.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on December 16, 2014, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 9th floor, Visibility Center Conference Room.

An Evening of Songs in Old Town

21 Nov Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 Connelly Law

Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 Connelly LawThis year’s Wine & Song Benefit event is December 9th at 7 pm. This annual event is sponsored and hosted by the John Connelly Law Offices and all  proceeds benefit the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free concerts.

$25 per person includes an evening of song, wine poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room, and tasty finger foods.

Charles Robert Stephens

Charles Robert Stephens

Gino Lucchetti

Gino Lucchetti

Starting at 7 pm, enjoy solos and duets sung by tenor Gino Lucchetti and baritone Charles Robert Stephens, with Jeffrey Moidel at the piano. Gino will sing the standard Italian opera hits that he does so well and some Neapolitan songs. Charles will sing songs by Jeffrey Moidel, the evening’s pianist, on poems by Pablo Neruda as well as romantic songs from the 1940s and 50s. And, of course, the two men will round out their set with crowd-pleasing duets.

Following the great music you can mingle with a glass of Ginkgo Wine and an array of finger foods.

What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit
When: December 9, 7 pm
John Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma
 $25 – purchase in advance at Bayview Optical, 2217 N. 30th Street, #106; remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the benefit

For more information, contact Classical Tuesdays at (253) 752-2135.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Classical Tuesdays through Arts Projects funding.

Creative Space Tacoma

19 Nov

Creative Space Tacoma


Join us for a community conversation about creative vitality and its relationship to space.

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 4:30 – 7 pm
Location: Tacoma Post Office Building, Post Hall, 1102 A Street, 4th floor
FREE! Appetizers and drinks will be provided
RSVP: or (253) 383-5622

Space for creative activity is an important ingredient for flourishing neighborhoods and cities and may include traditional venues such as museums and performance halls and non-traditional venues such as churches, parks and coffee shops. Artist live/work enclaves, affordable housing, co-working spaces, special events, and creative businesses activate space, giving life to streetscapes and definition to communities.

How do we build our neighborhoods to include a sustainable creative life-force?
How do we best use our existing assets?

What strategies do we currently employ to engage the creative community?
Where are the gaps?

Special guest Michael Seiwerath, executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation will share how they transformed a police parking lot into a beautiful destination including affordable housing, performing arts space, community meeting space and local retail. 12 Avenue Arts just celebrated its grand opening in Seattle and is pivotal to a movement making Capitol Hill a designated arts district.

Wendy Holmes and Teri Deaver from Artspace, the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation will discuss creative place making and announce the launch of Artspace’s new market survey about creative space needs in Tacoma that will enable people to make their specific needs known.

Enjoy refreshments and meet representatives from local organizations and creative space providers including Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, Tacoma Housing Authority, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Metro Parks Tacoma and more.

This free public event is hosted by the City of Tacoma, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Artspace with the generous support of JPMorgan Chase.


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