Studios available at 1120 Creative House! Tour them this week

13 Jul

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:

Spaceworks is seeking artists, creative small businesses and non-profits to rent studio space in 1120 Creative House beginning Aug. 1, 2015.

If you or someone you know is looking for an all-inclusive coworking space in the heart of downtown Tacoma, this could be just the thing! Find out if it’s a good fit by touring the space on Thursday and Friday this week.

logo_sketch_combo The 1120 Creative House, a project of Spaceworks Tacoma, provides long-term affordable studio/office space in downtown Tacoma to artists and creatives so they can work, share and collaborate with others in the community.

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Nominations sought for 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards

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AMOCAT1The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards.

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

The three award categories are:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron – A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

“The arts are an essential part of Tacoma’s identity thanks to a dedicated community of arts supporters,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “The AMOCAT Arts Awards highlight the people, organizations and patrons who invest their energy and passion into making Tacoma an engaging and vibrant community.”

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by August 2, 2015. The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee, not by the number of times the nominee has been nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 1.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, and Jessica Spring.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, and Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, 6th Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, and ArtsFund.

Additional information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found online.

Call for Portable Artworks Collection Purchase

24 Jun
Sea Bear by Marvin Oliver. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection.

Sea Bear by Marvin Oliver. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

Call to Artists for Portable Works Collection Purchase

Budget: $20,000 in total purchases, $3,000 maximum per artwork
Application Deadline: July 30, 2015, 11:59 pm
How to Apply: Read the Call to Artists for more information and how to submit an application.

Floating Lanterns by Mimi Williams. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection.

Floating Lanterns by Mimi Williams. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

Professional artists who live in Washington state’s Pierce, King, Kitsap or Thurston counties can submit applications now through July 30, 2015 to have existing portable pieces of artwork considered for purchase for the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection. Portable works can include two-dimensional pieces and small scale three-dimensional pieces that fall within certain eligibility guidelines. Up to $20,000 in total artwork purchases will be made with no one artwork costing more than $3,000.

“Artwork enlivens public spaces, celebrates the diversity of our citizens, and underscores the City’s commitment to supporting a vibrant community,” said City Arts Administrator Amy McBride.

Long Journey by MalPina Chan. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection.

Long Journey by MalPina Chan. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

The City maintains over 240 diverse pieces of public art, which can be found in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. Portable pieces of artwork in the City’s Municipal Art Collection are installed in public spaces throughout City buildings with the goal of improving the quality of the work environment, creating community dialogue and supporting local artists.

Read the Call to Artists for information and how to submit an application.

 

What do you have planned for October?

10 Jun
Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends.

Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends.

Call for Arts Activities
14th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2015

Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2015 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our fourteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on www.TacomaArtsMonth.com. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, email newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

The deadline for submissions is August 9, 2015. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

 

To have your event listed:

1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org. Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

Questions? Contact Naomi at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 591-5191.

Summer Internship at Spaceworks

27 May

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:

Spaceworks is seeking a Summer Programs Intern! Please help us spread the word or if it’s a good fit for you, please apply today! Here are all the details:

JOB SUMMARY
Spaceworks is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space, training, and technical assistance available to artists, creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups in order to nurture successful projects that transform Tacoma into a stronger, more active city.

The Programs Intern will work on projects assigned by the Spaceworks Manager. This is an opportunity to support Spaceworks’ general administration of its programs, marketing, and events including all of Spaceworks’ summer special events, especially our 5th Anniversary Celebration.

Position Status: Part-time (20hrs/wk) Temporary: June – Sept. 2015

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It’s a wrap!

18 May Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!
Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Call to Artists for Traffic Box Wrap Project

Budget: $1,000 per artist
Application Deadline: June 17, 2015, 11 59 pm

The City of Tacoma invites artists living within the official city limits of Tacoma to submit qualifications to create an artwork design to be reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout the city. This opportunity is open to visual artists working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap.

Up to 10 artists will be selected. Each artist will be paid $1,000 for an approved final design and licensing rights that will enable the City to reproduce the final design on multiple traffic signal and/or utility boxes. The City will be responsible for printing and installation of the box wraps.

The Traffic Box Wrap Project is designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to public infrastructure that is often targeted by vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue. This project is an extension of the Tacoma Murals Project, which has created 27 murals across Tacoma since 2010 in an effort to strategically revitalize and beautify the city.

Read the Call to Artists for more information and how to submit an application.

Calling Tacoma Artists for the 2015 Tacoma Studio Tour

13 May Lois Yoshida gives a Sumi painting demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour.
Becky Frehse talks to visitors about her work during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Becky Frehse talks to visitors about her work during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Tacoma Studio Tour
October 17 & 18, 2015, 11 am – 5 pm

Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma and/or has a working studio in Tacoma? Do you want to open your studio to the public, demonstrate how you make your work, host a hands-on activity, and help raise the visibility of the arts in Tacoma? Apply to participate in our 14th annual Tacoma Studio Tour!

Lois Yoshida gives a Sumi painting demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Lois Yoshida gives a Sumi painting demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for the Tacoma Studio Tour, one of the features of Tacoma Arts Month this October. The emphasis of this tour is on raising visibility of the arts and providing artistic opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. While we encourage artists to have work for sale, the intention is not primarily as a studio sale. Studios will be open on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th from 11 am to 5 pm. Artists can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email newsletters, blog posts, and an interactive website and map. We will also produce a printed brochure for the Tacoma Studio Tour. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors.

A private entity, ART BUS, is working on plans to provide a bus tour of studio locations. Studio Tour artists will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a stop along the bus tour route for a fee. More information about this optional service will be provided to all Studio Tour artists later this summer.

Visitors to Angela Rockett's studio collaborate on a group painting.

Visitors to Angela Rockett’s studio collaborate on a group painting.

Deadline for applications is Monday, June 22, 2015, midnight. Applicants will be juried in a competitive process by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the overall diversity of the work presented, as well as geographic diversity of the studios.

To qualify:

  1. You must live within the City of Tacoma limits and/or your working studio must be located within the City of Tacoma limits
  2. You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on activity for attendees
  3. You must actively promote the Studio Tour to your own contacts

If you would like to be a guest at another studio, the above guidelines still apply. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis.

Questions? Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at 253.591.5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org

To apply, submit the following three items:

  1. Online Studio Tour Application
    Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/TacomaStudioTour15 and fill out the online application form.

Please submit the following two items by email to tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org with the words “Studio Tour_Your Last Name” in the subject line.

  1. 5 Work Samples
    Digital images only. Original work and slides cannot be accepted. We will use the images in materials produced for Tacoma Arts Month.
    • File Format Submit only “High” quality JPEG files (do not use GIF, TIFF, or other formats.) Do not embed the images into PowerPoint or submit moving image or audio files.
    • Image Size Images must be at least 300 ppi resolution. Images smaller than 600 pixels per side are not recommended.
  2. Resume (if you have not participated in the Studio Tour in the past 2 years)

It Takes A Village

7 May Village Online misc 1

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It Takes a Village is a photographic meditation and found object installation centering on a particular Value Village store once located on Hosmer Street in South Tacoma. Filmmaker, photographer, editor, and collage artist Isaac Olsen worked there in 2011 and 2012. During that time, he took pictures of the mayhem behind the friendly non-profit façade, wrote letters to management urging for the lowering of book prices, and collected over 4,500 discarded personal photographs and works of art, donated knowingly and unknowingly by the citizens of the City of Destiny. 

It Takes A Village showcases the best of these forgotten memories, ranging from the highest to the lowest of our culture. The exhibit mingles these pieces, with a display of Olsen’s original photographs, in a number of fashions for your viewing pleasure.

Village Online misc 5For a $5 cover charge, see the show on Saturday, May 16 and enjoy light snacks, special guests, and a ‘junk installation’ to fully round out the experience. Or swing by on Sunday, May 17 for a free viewing.

What: It Takes A Village: A found photography and art exhibition
Where:
 717 Tacoma Ave South, Suite C
When:
 May 16 & May 17, 2 – 9 pm
Cost:
$5 cover charge on May 16, Free on May 17

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project through Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding. Exhibit space generously provided by Spaceworks Tacoma.

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