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

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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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Chihuly Drawings, beautifully presented, well worth seeing

5 May From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.
From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

I recently visited the Museum of Glass to take in the Chihuly Drawings exhibition.  The beautifully curated show impressed me beyond expectation. I have some familiarity with Dale Chihuly’s drawings, due to past experience photographing some of them for the American Heart Association, who he has donated to. I know the nuances of his painting, from trying to capture their vibrance and reflectivity at the same time. But to see the collections now on exhibition at the Museum of Glass is breathtaking. I especially enjoyed the collection of pieces near the back gallery.

Chihuly Drawings continues through June 30, 2015. I suggest you plan to take some time exploring this exhibit, it’s worth pondering. And, while you are there, if you haven’t seen the Patra Passage exhibition, that should be on your list as well. You will be more than happy you did.

 

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

COMING UP

What: Chihuly’s Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street
When: July 19, 2015 – January 4, 2016
More information: www.museumofglass.org, (866) 468-7386

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Museum of Glass through the Arts Anchor Fund.

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Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyThis review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission Vice Chair Dane Meyer. Dane 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.

Anon(ymous)

30 Apr Akua Konadu as Naja counsels Richard Lee as Anon in "Anon(ymous)", Toy Boat Theatre at UW Tacoma. Photo by Peter Serko.

 

Akua Konadu as Naja counsels Richard Lee as Anon in "Anon(ymous)", Toy Boat Theatre at UW Tacoma. Photo by Peter Serko.

Akua Konadu as Naja counsels Richard Lee as Anon in “Anon(ymous)”, Toy Boat Theatre at UW Tacoma. Photo by Peter Serko.

Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre is partnering with the University of Washington Tacoma to produce Naomi Iizuka’s 2006 play Anon(ymous) on the UWT campus this May. Based upon Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Anon(ymous) is a beautiful, gritty, very contemporary re-telling of the “hero’s journey”, exploring themes of immigration, interculturalism, poverty, violence, family, and the meaning of home. Centering on the memories of a nameless and homeless orphan who searches for his mother and a place to belong, the play takes audiences on a surreal journey filled with compelling characters.

Jillian Lee as Nemasani is bullied by her employer, Yuri Mackus, played by Claymore MacTarnaghan. Photo by Peter Serko.

Jillian Lee as Nemasani is bullied by her employer, Yuri Mackus, played by Claymore MacTarnaghan. Photo by Peter Serko.

Toy Boat Theatre and UWT aim to create more seasonal offerings such as Anon(ymous) that reflect the make-up of our community, particularly the sizable underserved populations in the area. The vision for this project is that it may serve as the first step toward creating a new university/community collaboration model of theatre.

Directed by Marilyn Bennett, who has taught, directed and acted in the region for over a decade, the cast and production team are a healthy mix of UWT students and area artists. The production team includes: Michael Kula, UWT advisor/liaison; Ashley Jackson, stage manager; Ricky German, costume design; Jens Winship, sound design; Nick Spencer, dramaturge; Emily Cohen, fight choreography; Peter Serko, photography; and Erin Chanfrau, design consultant.

Who: Toy Boat Theatre and University of Washington Tacoma
WhatAnon(ymous)
Where: UWT broadcast theatre, Room 007 of the Cherry Parkes building, 1922 Pacific Avenue (theatre is located immediately behind Indochine Restaurant; enter from Pacific Avenue)
When: 7:30 pm on May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Tickets: $10 general audience, free for UWT students, $5 for students from other institutions. Free preview performance on May 7. Pay-what-you-can admission on May 14. Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Anon(ymous) is suited for audiences from 5th grade through adult.

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

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Announcing Tacoma’s next Poet Laureate…

15 Apr Cathy Nguyen

The Tacoma Arts Commission is pleased to announce the selection of Cathy Nguyen as Tacoma’s 2015-2017 Poet Laureate.

Over the next two years, Nguyen will participate in and host public poetry readings, workshops and other community events. She will also participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October, and help produce the 2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate Ceremony to announce the next Poet Laureate.

“The Poet Laureate is an artist and activist who works both to amplify the literary voices of underrepresented community members and to enhance the shared written and oral narratives of the Tacoma community,” said Nguyen. “It’s necessary to me that social justice and equity are at the center of all that I do and create which, in the community context, means raising social consciousness, building civic advocacy, and engaging community members in shared learning and teaching through poetry and other forms of creative expression.”

As a wrap-up of National Poetry Month, the Tacoma Arts Commission and Tacoma’s current Poet Laureate, Lucas Smiraldo, will host a poetry and music event at which Nguyen will officially be awarded the title. The free, public event will be held Friday, May 1, from 6 – 8:30 p. m. at B Sharp Coffee House (706 Court C in downtown Tacoma). Featured poets will include Nguyen, Smiraldo, 2011-2013 Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, 2010-2011 Tacoma Poet Laureate Tammy Robacker, 2009-2010 Tacoma Poet Laureate Antonio Edwards, Jr., and 2008-2009 Tacoma Poet Laureate William Kupinse. These poets and others will be joined by musicians Terry O’Hara and Bronson Bragg, vocalist Kathryn Burke, and there will be music compositions by Gregory Youtz.

Cathy Nguyen is an “artivist” who seeks to promote social equity and youth leadership through creative expression and community organization. A resident of Tacoma since 2010, Nguyen has worked to infuse the arts in a variety of human service and grassroots contexts.

In 2012, Nguyen created and coordinated “The RIOT”, a first-ever teen poetry/hip-hop program at STAR Center. In the years that followed, Nguyen worked to draw on and capture the voices of queer youth and young adults through a variety of arts, violence prevention, and leadership development programming at Oasis Youth Center. Currently, Nguyen integrates creative expression with youth and community development as a teen support group facilitator at BRIDGES, a center for grieving youth and their families, and as an organizer of Tacoma Stands Up, a grassroots initiative calling for an end to police brutality and social injustice through peaceful organization, where she has led Tacoma-wide rallies and arts events focused on community-building and social justice advocacy.

Fourth episode of Tacoma’s own ‘artTown’ TV show now available

31 Mar Stan Shaw illustrates Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable
Stan Shaw and Michael Sullivan discuss Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

Stan Shaw and Michael Sullivan discuss Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – has begun airing a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra music director Sarah Ioannides

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra music director Sarah Ioannides

In this episode:

  • Get to know music director Sarah Ioannides and learn how her past experience is influencing her work with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
  • Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo explores our history and future at the Chinese Reconciliation Park
  • Historian Michael Sullivan and graphic artist Stan Shaw take an in-depth look at Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable and how it was influenced by Hammett’s time in Tacoma
  • Pianist Kim Davenport finds inspiration and contemplation at Thea’s Park
  • The 6th Avenue Yarn Bomber, Russell Valentine, Gwen Demarest, and Roberta Lowes give us a humorous look at knitting culture in Tacoma
Stan Shaw illustrates Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

Stan Shaw illustrates Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

Launched in October 2013, the series features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, “artTown” stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:

Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown.

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo at the Chinese Reconciliation Park

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo at the Chinese Reconciliation Park

TV Tacoma air times:

Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at tvtacoma.com.

Future episodes will be produced in part based on some of the audience feedback culled via social media, email at maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org or phone at (253) 591-2054.

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