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Applications for 2015 Arts Projects Funding Now Available

22 Sep Tacoma Wayzgoose event at King's Bookstore
Tacoma Wayzgoose event at King's Bookstore

Tacoma Wayzgoose event at King’s Bookstore. Photo provided by Wayzgoose.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2015. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2014.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of festivals; arts workshops; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.

Ft. Nisqually's Crafts of the Past program. Photo provided by Ft. Nisqually Foundation.

Ft. Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past program. Photo provided by Ft. Nisqually Foundation.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.
Organizations interested in applying for Arts Projects funding can read about past funded projects and download the guidelines and application form on the ‘Funding’ page of cityoftacoma.org/arts.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held Oct. 9, 2014, from noon – 1:30 p.m., in Tacoma Municipal Building North, 728 St. Helens, Room 16.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

17 Sep eaves_toothfairy

This is part 6 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Michaela Eaves
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Michaela’s childhood set up her adult life to be rich with a love of animals and nature, two themes present in her artwork. She pieces her professional life together with design work, fantasy and horror illustration, and traditional stylized painting. She is the illustrator and author of 42 Sketches and is featured in the red deck of Tacoma playing cards. In her free time, she plays with her rescued Rottweilers and volunteers for non-profits.

Betty Sapp Ragan
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Betty Sapp Ragan continues to develop images related to her new focus in architecture – architecture as it relates to the land and the culture. She researches the landscape of a building site and paints an acrylic landscape of the site. Then a digital outline of the building is attached to the landscape. Her studio, located in Nalley Valley, includes a large area for painting and tables for student lessons.

RR Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC
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RR Anderson draws The Tacomic hyper-local political cartoon occasionally on Tuesdays at feedtacoma.com  and also with sidewalk chalk on Fridays at Frost Park (9th and Pacific Ave.) He also works full time as Tinker Patrol Deputy for his boss Ms. Darcy at Tinkertopia, LLC.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications
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Lynn Di Nino has been firmly planted in the Tacoma art scene for about twelve years now. She has an A-type personality and cannot focus on any one given medium. Consequently she has created sculpture in concrete, small wall-hung found object pieces, community-driven performance art pieces, and now sweatercoats utilizing recycled sweaters.

Juan LaTorre, LaTorre Art Studio
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Juan LaTorre heralds from Guadalupe, Peru. He has been working with various mediums including clay, charcoal, oil and acrylic paints, wood, stone, bronze, and jewelry from quite an early age. Since coming to Tacoma, he has shown work in several galleries and art shows and has artwork displayed in many parts of our small world.

Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople Studio
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Mauricio Robalino discovered art by creating objects that seem to tell stories. He paints many of his stories with glass mosaics. He also uses metal and even combines the two. He is intrigued by the complexity of life and the simplicity with which it flows. He is also happy making public art that paints the stories that others want him to paint with his experience and ability.

L. Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
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L. Lisa Lawrence is in love with the way fire transforms earth and minerals into glass, glaze, and stoneware. She draws her inspiration from nature; the mountains, ocean, and trees of the Pacific Northwest are her muse. Located in a 100-year-old home reclaimed from gangs and violence on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio is now an urban farm, art studio, and the realization of a life-long dream.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

Tacoma takes on the metal arts this Oct & Nov

15 Sep

MUimage_PrintMetal-Urge
October 1 – November 30, 2014
31 locations around Tacoma

Metal-Urge, a city-wide celebration of metal arts, explores the many ways that artists push this versatile and diverse medium. From October 1 – November 30, 31 venues will feature metal-themed exhibits, workshops, lectures, festivals, and more. It’s time to explore Tacoma!

A list of events and exhibits is available at TacomaMetalUrge.com, and brochures are available in coffee shops and cultural venues around town.

Three Metal-Urge highlights are:

  • Metal-Urge Free Community Festival
    October 19, noon – 3 pm
    Tollefson Plaza, S. 17th and Pacific Ave.
    Come out for a free, fun-filled afternoon of metal arts. Below the majesty of Mary Coss’ site specific public art installation “Three Graces”, watch live sword fighting reenactments by Knights of Veritas, see a molten iron pour and create a scratch block with Tacoma Community College’s sculpture department, and check out a blacksmithing demonstration with Lisa Geertson and Scott Szloch. Try your hand at making a textured metal charm with Tacoma Metal Arts Center and participate in some hands-on crafts with Tacoma Art Museum. Do all this while listening to steel drum music under the direction of Miho Takekawa and munching on good eats from food trucks.
  • “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor”
    October 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015
    Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.
    This exhibit showcases nearly 100 works—including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear—designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. Ranging from protective hardware (physical fortification) and protective “software” (faith-based adornment), the array of contemporary works underlines the crucial safeguarding function of jewelry and other wearable ornaments. Organized by the National Ornamental Metal Museum Foundation, Inc. The exhibition was curated by Suzanne Ramljak, Editor of Metalsmith magazine.
  • Seattle Metals Guild 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium
    October 18, 9 am – 5:30 pm
    Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave.
    This metal arts symposium features lectures by Metalsmith magazine editor Suzanne Ramljak, historian Stephen Fliegel, Vivian Beer, artist Jennifer Trask, jeweler Todd Pownell, and metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. For more information or to register visit seattlemetalsguild.org/programs/symposium.

Metal-Urge is organized by the Tacoma Arts Commission and sponsored by Click! Cable TV and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

‘The Hands that Built Tacoma’

11 Sep
Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling.

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling.

What: “The Hands that Built Tacoma” Mural Dedication
Where: below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock St. and S. 11th St.
When: Saturday, September 20, 3 – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free!

In celebration of Tacoma’s working waterfront, Nick Goettling’s “The Hands that Built Tacoma” will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20, from 3 – 3:30 p.m., below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets.

“We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma’s rich history to the City’s art collection,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.  “It’s bold and bright, tells a great story, and gives visual interest to both motorists and pedestrians.”

The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation.  Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.

Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing.  His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at nickalas.com.

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling,

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling,

1 City, 31 Days, 100s of Activities – it’s Tacoma Arts Month

10 Sep

TacomaArtsMonth_webimage_croppedOctober 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about the 300+ Tacoma Arts Month events and programs can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

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Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

Signature events include:

  • Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts AwardsIntellectual property of the City of Tacoma, WA.  Republication prohibited
    October 2
    6 – 9 pm
    Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St.
    Free and open to the public

Join us for this free community celebration. Live entertainment includes music by Speed Queen and Okinawa Taiko Drums, Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends, theater performance by Working Class Theater, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, and a tintype photo demonstration by Kyle Dillehay. There will also be an exhibition of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The newly-renovated building will host a series of pop-up art exhibits by Beautiful Angle, Alice Di Certo, Isaac Olsen, Kristin Giordano, the C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev. Resident artists Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga and Katlyn Hubner will open their studios to the public for the evening. Additionally, there will be screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema.

There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2014 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners – ArtsFund, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Jessica Spring. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma.

  • Tacoma Studio TourTacoma Studio Tour. Photo property of City of Tacoma.
    October 11 & 12
    11 am – 5 pm
    37 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

Come see the spaces and tools with which 61 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 37 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Visit TacomaArtsMonth.com for a complete list of studio locations and and to use our interactive map to plot a custom tour just for you.

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

10 Sep Yellow vase

This is part 5 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

William Turner, Turner Designs
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William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art that draws on the wide legacy of West Coast Abstraction. His images are expressive, charged with color, and contain landscape, interior and figurative metaphors from his world of spontaneous improvisation. His aim is to create paintings that have a sense of presence, sharing with the audience the sensation he experiences in the creation of the work – drawing the viewer in as participant in a mystery or delight.

Becky Frehse
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Becky Frehse creates mixed media paintings and constructions using repurposed musical instruments. Her installations often include an ensemble of pieces such as a “prepared” piano, flamenco guitar, violins, and handmade instruments purchased from buskers around the world. Her work is inspired by the patterns visible in musical scores and abstractions inherent in musical sounds.

Pat Haase, Pat Haase Sculptor
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The human body has sustained Pat Haase’s attention and interest throughout her life. She started sewing theater costumes and clothing, then had a 25 year medical career as an Internal Medicine Physician who also taught Yoga. In the past dozen years she has been creating realistic figurative sculptures, concentrating on nuances of posture to create empathetic awareness. The posture, gesture, and facial expressions on her sculptures convey personality, attitude, and mood and also suggest a narrative about what just happened, or what may soon happen.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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M+M is a design store where art, mid-century modern design, and unusual plant terraria bliss out together in an integrated one-room environment. Owner/artist Lisa Kinoshita curates the space as a thematic one-room vignette. Also featuring contemporary jewelry by regional artists.

Sharon Carr, Sharon Carr Studio
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Sharon Carr began painting as a diversion from her counseling practice, fell in love with paint, and retired to paint full time. She is primarily interested in color and shape. Her work is spontaneous, vibrant, and celebratory. Her colors often advance beyond form to a place where color and form trade roles and make her pieces come alive. She is especially inspired by the synergy and critique of the Wednesday Atelier.

Ralph Renick, Earth Signs Glass Etching
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Marily and Butch Renick are glass etch artists at 253 Art Collective. They enjoy picking out special glass pieces that they find locally and creating hand-etched and sand blasted art. Butch has enjoyed recreating some of the beautiful crop designs that are found yearly, mainly in the United Kingdom crop fields. Marily enjoys doing more traditional varieties of subjects and custom etching.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
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Fibers Etc produces handwoven, hand dyed, hand knit, and stitched one-of-a-kind and limited edition wearables and accessories: scarves, hats, shawls, vests, jackets, and sweaters. Blankets, table mats, and runners are also part of the work. Like many artists, inspiration comes from the natural world and Roberta’s emphasis is on color and texture. Her textiles are made from primarily natural materials.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

5 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: ArtsFund (Arts Patron), Asia Pacific Cultural Center (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Jessica Spring (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor those who provide distinctive contributions to the arts in Tacoma.

The cast of HAIR The Musical. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Courtesy of Broadway Center.

The cast of HAIR The Musical. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Courtesy of Broadway Center.

Arts Patron – ArtsFund

This award goes to ArtsFund for their work to strengthen the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making. ArtsFund has been directing funds to Pierce County arts organizations since its inception in 1969, and has invested over $6.5 million in grants into the arts sector in Pierce County.

“ArtsFund grants are a stabilizing force in our arts community, providing a reliable source of funding and support for the operating costs of our organizations,” said David Fischer, Executive Director of Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

ArtsFund is committed to helping develop the next generation of community and civic leaders, and offers a nonprofit board leadership training course as well as ongoing meetings for the cultural sector. Through ArtsFund’s policy and advocacy efforts, Building for the Arts, a statewide capital grant program, has distributed $5,323,675 to Pierce County arts organizations. And, through one of its newest initiatives, power2give.org/PugetSound, a regional arts crowdfunding platform, ArtsFund is generating new support for an increasingly broad range of arts organizations.

Performers at APCC's annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

Performers at APCC’s annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center

This award goes to Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) for their deep and ongoing commitment to developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Tacoma and vibrancy of Asia Pacific cultures. APCC represents 47 countries and cultures of Asia Pacific, offering programs and services that honor the distinct artistry, business protocols, history and social practices of each.

Established in 1996, APCC’s mission is to bridge communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business. APCC serves over 40,000 people annually through multiple community-based programs including the annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

APCC is active in many school districts throughout the Washington, teaching students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade about the Asia Pacific countries, their people, cultures, languages, foods, arts, crafts, geography, and history. In addition, APCC administers the only Asia Pacific Youth Program in Tacoma-Pierce County to address the needs of hard-to-reach Asia Pacific youth who are failing academically due to a lack of culturally competent services for students and families.

On a daily basis, APCC presents a diverse array of culturally-focused programs including tea ceremonies and classes on language, cooking, dance, music, martial arts, wood carving, storytelling, and crafting. APCC has an on-going partnership with JBLM, presenting cultural demonstrations on the bases and providing basic cultural training to military service members before they deploy to Asia Pacific countries.

Jessica Spring's, 'You’ll Like Tacoma' prints.

Jessica Spring’s, ‘You’ll Like Tacoma’ prints.

Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

This award goes to Jessica Spring for her commitment to bringing the art of letterpress to Tacoma. She started setting cold type on a phototypesetting machine as an undergraduate English major, beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer since. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. She has a master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia College Chicago.

“Though I’ve been printing for a long time, the past 12 years in Tacoma have provided a fantastic community in which to grow as an artist, teacher and collaborator,” said Spring.

Spring is deeply committed to sharing the craft and history of letterpress printing and believes that is best done hands on, as evidenced through her work in helping found and sustain Wayzgoose, Tacoma’s own letterpress and books arts festival, for the past 10 years. She has taught printmaking, run the Elliott Press at Pacific Lutheran University for a decade, and is half of the creative duo behind the Dead Feminists broadsides, a series of letterpress prints highlighting historical feminists.

Awards Celebration

Awardees will be honored at the annual Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 2, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Tacoma Post Office Building (1102 A St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland will present the awards starting at 7:45 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Speed Queen and Okinawa Taiko Drums, Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends, theater performance by Working Class Theater, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, and a tintype photo demonstration by Kyle Dillehay. Attendees can explore an exhibition of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The newly-renovated building will also host a series of pop-up art exhibits by Beautiful Angle, Alice Di Certo, Isaac Olsen, Jeremy Gregory, Kristin Giordano, the C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev. Resident artists Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner will open their studios to the public for the evening. There will also be screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker and The Grand Cinema. The event will include appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma and is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

Miho & Diego Duo and Friends in Old Town Park

4 Sep
Miho & Diego Duo and Friends

Miho & Diego Duo and Friends

Pack up the family and invite your friends for an enjoyable night of music as Classical Tuesdays in Old Town kicks off their 10th season!

What: Miho & Diego Duo and Friends  at Classical Tuesdays in Old Town
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma
Cost: Free, donations appreciated

Bring chairs and blankets to sit on. You can even make it a picnic by stopping by one of the many neighborhood eateries to pick up a beverage and meal to enjoy during the concert. This event is family friendly and free!

The concert will feature the Sounds of Japan and South America: Miho Takekawa on marimba and Diego Coy on the quena, a traditional Andean flute. Miho and Diego combine their distinctive warm, natural wood sounds and take the listener on a musical journey from Japan to South America, playing a brand of music that is truly their own. CDs will be available at the concert.

This concert is just the start! Check out the roster of the entire Classical Tuesdays season featuring a variety of world music and classical music performed by Tacoma professionals and youth. All Classical Tuesdays concerts are held in Old Town; most start at 7 pm in the historic Slavonian Hall.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through Arts Projects funding.

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