2017-18 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

22 Mar

Hilltop Artists Team Production student, Dawntae, marvering hot glass. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists

10 Arts Organizations and 18 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $45,000 to 18 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $33,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2017-2018 biennium.

“Tacoma’s arts community is thriving,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “With these grants, we are honored to support our major arts institutions and independent artists in engaging, enlightening, and inspiring their communities as well as audiences from the Puget Sound and beyond.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

From Tacoma Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Opera.

The 2017-2018 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In 2016, nine of these organizations served 506,909 people, provided free admission to 130,181 people, and generated an estimated $9.67 million for the local economy.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

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public performance-installation by Anida Yoeu Ali. Photo courtesy of Anida Yoeu Ali.

The 2017-2018 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Anida Yoeu Ali, Travis Barker, Priscilla Dobler, Daniel Garcia, Antonio Gomez, Mark Hoppmann, Maria Jost, Anne Lyman, Kevin Miller, Elise Richman, Mauricio Robalino, Jessica Spring, Nicholas Stokes, Kenji Stoll, Masahiro Sugano, Qin Tan, Collin Veenstra, and Ben Wildenhaus

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include: production and screening of a live action short film; production of two music albums paired with public performances and a workshop; writing a book-length poetry manuscript with an accompanying reading; writing and staged reading of a one-act play; music performances on a portable stage; an exploration of the intersection of music and culture, including a bilingual workshop; a multi-media performance of early music; three multimedia temporary public art installations; and the creation and exhibition of visual art including a series of handmade books, illustrations, paintings, mixed-media pieces, letterpress art, and poster art.

From DUELS, by Nick Stokes, directed by José Amador. Pictured: Daniel Christensen and Carter Rodriquez. Photo by Andrea Sassenrath.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two 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 cityoftacoma.org/arts.

Two Art Opportunities for Valhalla Hall

16 Mar

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017, 11:59 PM

Opportunity 1 (Exterior Mural) Budget: $8,000, all-inclusive

Opportunity 2 (Decorative Gate) Budget: $12,000, all-inclusive

Eligibility: Must live within Tacoma city limits; 18 years or older. Panel will prioritize artists with ties to the Hilltop community

Opportunity

The Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the City of Tacoma, invites Tacoma artists and/or artist teams to submit qualifications for two opportunities at Valhalla Hall (1216 Martin Luther King Jr. Way):

  • An Exterior Mural – $8,000 Budget, All-Inclusive

This is an opportunity to create a mural on two walls of the exterior covered courtyard, which serves as the entryway into Valhalla Hall. The mural must be painted on an appropriate substrate material off-site for installation on the building walls in coordination with the construction contractor.

  • A Decorative Gate – $12,000 Budget, All-Inclusive

This is an opportunity to design and fabricate artwork to transform a utilitarian entry gate into a beautiful work of art. Artwork must be created from durable materials that can be secured to the existing steel gate. Artwork may be designed and fabricated by the artist or designed by the artist but fabricated by a vendor.

 How to Apply

Visit www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for all the details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

Artists can apply for one or both opportunities, and may apply individually or as part of an artist team.

Questions?

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

2016 by the numbers

14 Mar

Arts and culture are essential to Tacoma’s renaissance and continued growth. The City of Tacoma nurtures its creative ecosystem providing many opportunities for residents and visitors to access and participate in the arts.

In addition to supporting artists and arts organizations through funding, public art, programming, and policy, the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality works collaboratively with strong partners and allies to build the creative economy by leveraging resources and talent to further benefit our community in innovative and dynamic ways.

The City’s investments in arts and culture have far-reaching impacts on our community; here’s an overview of what was accomplished in 2016:

 

You can read more about the 2016 accomplishments of the Tacoma Arts Commission here.

Find out more about how the Tacoma Arts Commission serves our community at cityoftacoma.org/arts.

What Happened? New Artscapes Mural

3 Mar

Spaceworks Tacoma

A call to participate…

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A new public artwork has popped up on one of the last remaining HAPPENINGS kiosks at the corner of 13th and Market in downtown Tacoma. The work invites you to visit www.ryanfeddersen.com/what-will-happen where you will find the following prompt:

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RFP: Spaceworks Tacoma’s Brand Development, Communications and Community Engagement Project, Due 3/15/17

23 Feb

Spaceworks Tacoma

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

rfp_thumbnailResponse deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Response/questions submissions: Heather Joy at heatherj@tacomachamber.org
RFP awarded on Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Spaceworks Tacoma requests proposals from various creative design firms to select the most qualified candidate who best represents the mission and vision of Spaceworks. The selected creative company will address three areas of focus: Communications & Community Engagement Strategy, Brand Development, and Website Update.

A Growing Opportunity:

  1. Be a part of defining the personality of a rapidly growing and thriving program with strong support from organizations like the City of Tacoma, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and South Sound Together.
  2. Potential to extend the partnership as an ongoing, long-term contributor to the Spaceworks communication program.
  3. Help Spaceworks grow Tacoma’s creative economy and reinforce Tacoma’s identity as a “maker city”

    Tacoma print maker Yoshiko Yamamoto improved her small business practices with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Tier III program. The Arts & Crafts Press produces whimsical notecards and fine art prints combining Japanese woodblock style with Western letterpress techniques. Yoshiko Yamamoto in the gift shop at…

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Animation Installation by Terese Cuff for Lunar New Year Celebration, 1/28-1/29

24 Jan

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On January 28th, Tacoma-based artist Terese Cuff will debut her digital media piece inspired by the businesses and rhythms of the Lincoln District. She uses video and animation to document small movements that collectively paint a portrait of the area. This artwork will be projected in a window near the intersection of 38th Street and S. Park Avenue, free to view from 4pm on Saturday till 9pm on Sunday. The animation installation corresponds with Lincoln’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, January 29th.

Terese Cuff is a local painter and animator, who lives and works in Lincoln. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and recently participated in the Media Arts Program at the Evergreen State College with a focus on animation, documentaries, and experimental approaches to the moving image. She is the owner of Blue Melon Productions, an animation boutique specializing in animations for dynamic social media content. Learn more about Terese Cuff’s work at https://teresecuff.net/.

When: January 28th, 4pm to January 29th, 9pm

Where: Intersection of 38th Street and South Park Avenue in the Lincoln District

Cost: Free

This project is funded by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality through a Lincoln Revitalization Creative Community Engagement Grant. These grants will support creative projects in the Lincoln District set to occur between November 2016 and December 2017. In 2014, Tacoma’s City Council set a strategic objective to focus on development of the Lincoln Business District and Neighborhood.  As a result of this, multiple City departments are collaborating on the Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which is a focused effort to strengthen and improve Lincoln by investing in 4 key areas: public safety; economic development, urban design, and community vitality; housing and property conditions; and code compliance and neighborhood beautification.

 

Seeking Glass Artist for New Aquarium Project

23 Jan

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Metro Parks/Tacoma Public Art Program – Call to Glass Artists

 

Application Deadline: March 6, 2017, 11:59 PM

Budget: $30,000 all-inclusive

Eligibility: 18 years or older, must live in Washington

 

Opportunity

Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique, suspended glass artwork that is inspired by jellyfish. The artwork will be permanently displayed in the Social Action Gallery of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), scheduled to open in summer 2018.

 

How to Apply

Visit www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for all the details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

 

Questions?

Contact Rebecca Solverson at rebecca.solverson@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5564.

We’re on the search for the next Tacoma Poet Laureate

10 Jan
2015-2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen performs at B Sharp.

2015-2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen performs at B Sharp.

Call to Artists for 2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate

Application Deadline: February 27, 2017, 11:59 PM

Stipend: $4,000

Eligibility:

  • Must live in Pierce County and be actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community
  • Practicing artist, dedicated to producing poetry (in any form, genre, or style) on a regular basis
  • 18 years or older
  • Not a previous Tacoma Poet Laureate title holder
  • Not a current Tacoma Arts Commission member, City Council member, City of Tacoma staff member, or Tacoma Poet Laureate selection panel member

Opportunity

The Tacoma Arts Commission announces the seventh annual Tacoma Poet Laureate competition, the winner of which will be named Tacoma Poet Laureate for 2017-2019.

The Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for a period of two years, from May 2017 to April 2019, and receive a stipend of $4,000. The individual will actively contribute to and advance Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects; participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October; and help produce the 2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony to announce the next Poet Laureate.

In keeping with the City of Tacoma’s Equity and Empowerment Initiative, the Tacoma Poet Laureate should actively strive to engage the breadth of Tacoma’s citizenry, expanding access to the literary arts to underserved/underrepresented audiences including people of different races/ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation and identity, ability, and income.

People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen will curate and host a poetry event at which the winner of this year’s Poet Laureate competition will be awarded. The event is will be held on Saturday, April 29, 6 PM. The event location will be announced.

Duties

The artist selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate must be willing and able to:

  • Offer a minimum of two free public workshops in Tacoma each year relating to poetry (four workshops total.)
  • Actively contribute to and advance Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications, special projects, etc. as negotiated with the City’s Arts Program staff.
  • Participate in Tacoma Arts Month programming each October.
  • Competently handle administrative duties including being the point of contact for all programming inquiries from the public, managing a schedule, arranging details for programs, and coordinating press releases with City’s Arts Program staff.
  • Help produce, with the assistance of the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program, an event in Tacoma in April 2019 to announce the winner of the 2019-2021 Tacoma Poet Laureate program.

How to Apply

Visit www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for all the details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

Questions?

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

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