Applications for 2019 Arts Projects Funding Now Available

17 Sep

Ballet Folklorico troupe at Roosevelt Elementary. Photo courtesy of Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2019? If so, you should take a look at our Arts Projects funding program. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts.

Applications are due by Monday, November 5, 11:59 pm.

Lion dance and drumming during Trung Thu. Photo courtesy of Chùa Phước Huệ Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation and Cultural Center.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of community festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances and workshops; film festivals; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019.

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; educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions; and federally-recognized tribes or Native non-profits. 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.

Louder Than A Bomb poetry panel discussion with writers, community members and organizers Photo courtesy of Write253.

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.

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. 4, 2018, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, 2nd floor, room 248.

READY TO APPLY? 

Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions.

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Kaleidoscope: Celebrate Art and Community

14 Sep

Start off your October with an evening of creative fun at the historic Normanna Hall in Hilltop neighborhood!

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks, Kaleidoscope is the official kick off party for Tacoma Arts Month. This free and family-friendly event is full of dance, art, activities, music, and much more!

Kaleidoscope Opening Party
October 3rd, 2018
6 PM – 9 PM
Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th Street

The festivities begin with the AMOCAT Arts Award ceremony at 6pm sharp. Snack on some delicious appetizers and enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar provided by Jonz Catering, or enjoy an evening coffee provided by Anthem Coffee.

We’ll keep the party going until 9pm with performances and hands-on activities from artists and organizations such as: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, The BareFoot Collective, The Grand Cinema, Jordani Sarreal, Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, DJ SmokeywonderTacoma Art MuseumTacoma Refugee ChoirTacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and TeenTix. Pop-up art exhibits will be installed by several Tacoma artists, including Jasmine Brown, Maria Jost, Nori Kimura, Spaceworks Tacoma Links to Opportunity Project, and prints provided by Wayzgoose.


AMOCAT Arts Awards

The 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at 6pm by Mayor Victoria Woodards, and City Council Members Lillian Hunter and Keith Blocker.
The award recipients are:
Jackie Casella – Community Outreach by an Individual
Tacoma Little Theatre – Community Outreach by an Organization
MultiCare Health System – Arts Patron

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the event details and the full art events calendar for October 2018.


Kaleidoscope Sponsors

We could not provide this wonderful and free event without the support of our sponsors:

NW Stage, LLC
Spaceworks
Norden Lodge #2 – Sons of Norway
HOLDstudios
The Grand Cinema
Anthem Coffee Company


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Tacoma Arts Month 2018 is Almost Here!

11 Sep

October 2018 marks the 17th 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 throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Events Calendar
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programs are added to the calendar each week!

E-newsletter
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.

#TacomaArtsMonth Reverse Scavenger Hunt 
From September through October, we’ll be posting questions and photos about upcoming Tacoma Arts Month events on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Participants who post the correct answer to the questions within 24 hours of the posting will be entered to win prizes from a local arts organizations!

#TacomaArtsMonth Photo Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the #TacomaArtsMonth Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArtsMonth will be entered to win a grand prize. Make sure your post is public. More information about the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 3
    6 – 9 pm
    Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2018 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by the Sons of Norway – Norden Lodge #2, and sponsored by Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema, HOLDstudios, and Anthem Coffee.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 13 & 14
    11 am – 5 pm
    47 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of over 80 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

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

 


Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADEKNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Fort Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past

30 Jul

Fort Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past event is fun for any age. Our family has attended Crafts of the Past before and each time there is something new and fun to see. The children and adults all could participate in the crafts and events. Each of the many stations were well staffed, with individuals that were highly skilled in the various crafts they were demonstrating. Each of the craftspeople were helpful and willing to assist each participant in their learning of the new craft.

While at Fort Nisqually, we could practice playing the tin whistle, work through various puzzles created by the local blacksmith, watch a master calligrapher and try our own hand at calligraphy, practice scrimshaw on piano keys, help prepare the day’s supper, cut some wood, check out the root cellar, sew a pretty flower, and make a banjo from a gourd.

Each of the hands-on events was interesting, engaging, and showcased a skill or trade that could be learned and practiced. At every station, each person in our party was asked to participate, encouraged to ask questions, or helped with the task given. Audience engagement was encouraged and the children with us (ages 6 and 9) loved every minute and wanted to stay longer.

As a family, we have attended previous Crafts of the Past events and the Brigade Encampment. We are planning on attending the Candlelight Tour (October 5 & 6) and the Christmas Regale (December 1.) These are just a few of the many events that the Fort has each year. All events can be found on their website: https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-events/.

 

COMING UP NEXT
What: Crafts of the Past
About:  Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. 
Where: Fort Nisqually, 5400 N. Pearl Street (located in Point Defiance Park)
When: Saturday, August 4 @ 11 am – 5 pm – featuring blacksmithing, leather work and gun engraving
Saturday, September 1 @ 11 am – 5 pm – featuring photography, basketry, wood turning and blacksmithing
Tickets:  Free with general admission ($8 adult, $7 military/senior, $5 youth, Free ages 3 and under, $22 family)

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Fort Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past program with Arts Projects funding.

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Tac Art Comm Retreat This review was written by Heather Conklin. Heather is an art teacher at Lincoln High School. She has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since January 2015, currently serving as Vice Chair.

Nominations sought for 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Jun
AMOCAT Arts Award

AMOCAT Arts Award illustration designed by Chandler O’Leary

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 3, 2018.

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. Mayor Victoria Woodards will present the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Oct. 3, 2018.

Award Categories:

  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

To Make a Nomination:

Fill out the online nomination form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. You must create a Submittable account in order to complete the form.

Past Award Winners:

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Michael Haeflinger, 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, Jessica Spring, Connie K. Walle, and Christopher Paul Jordan.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Monkeyshines, 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, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Public Library, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Tacoma Housing Authority, Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth 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, ArtsFund, University of Washington Tacoma, and Metro Parks Tacoma.

More Information:

More information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards is available at cityoftacoma.org/amocat.

Summer SOULstice

6 Jun

The public is invited to join Kellie Richardson, Tacoma’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate, for Summer SOULstice, an event at the intersection of creativity, community and commerce.

“June 21st marks summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities. The work featured will carry themes of awakening and healing, personal connection to Earth and spirit, as well as the thread of human experience that connects us all. The weight of historical oppression, generational trauma has never diminished the indelible joy, creativity, innovation and pride of those on the margins. SOULstice underscores this victory.” – Kellie Richardson

What: Summer SOULstice
Where: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free! RSVP requested at bit.ly/SOULsticeRSVP

Featured performers will include:

  • Thy Nguyễn – poet, artivist and former Tacoma Poet Laureate
  • Olivia Thomas – vocalist and visual artist
  • Hybrid – local funk and soul band featuring celebrated bassist Annie Jones-Barnes

Painter and muralist Tiffanny Hammonds will create a live painting during the performances. In addition, an exhibit space and artist market will feature work from local artists and entrepreneurs. Work will include every medium and price range. Artists currently scheduled to exhibit work are: Nori Kimura, Collin Veenstra, Darishma Alphonse, Nina Vichayapai, Andre Pace, Andrew Lui Robinson, Christina Butcher/Blue Cactus Press, Amanda Drewniak, Kemba Opio, Sojourner Duxbury, Amelia Foster, Apple Cox, MiYoung Margolis, Chardanae, Elizabeth Archer Klein, and Kellie Richardson.

Tacoma Art Museum’s teen council, F.O.A.M., will also host an all-ages printmaking workshop during the event. For more information and free tickets, visit bit.ly/SOULsticeRSVP.

Summer SOULstice is produced in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum, the Tacoma Arts Commission and the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Let’s Talk, Tacoma! Part 2

23 May

Photo by Jason Farris, Frankly Cinematics, LLC.

The Tacoma Arts Commission and the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County invite the public to gather for the second Creative Community Conversations event on Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way in Tacoma. This free public event will include facilitated break-out sessions and discussions focused on “Tacoma Creates” – an initiative to expand arts, heritage, science and cultural experiences throughout Tacoma, reduce barriers to access, and increase offerings for youth after school and in the summer. The event will also include an overview from the Jan. 24 Creative Community Conversations event.

“Tacoma Creates’ has the potential to be a transformative, powerful tool for community enrichment and equity throughout Tacoma, but we need to hear from you about the role you or your organization could play in this process. What do you need to make Tacoma a more dynamic place to live and thrive? Help us build on the momentum from our first meeting by contributing your collective vision and energy to this event.”
– Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney

Community input and insights from this event will help inform the development of the “Tacoma Creates” initiative. This event is part of a continued effort to nurture an authentic and vibrant arts community reflective of the voices and talents throughout Tacoma.

What: Creative Community Conversations: Tacoma Creates
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way
Cost: Free and open to the public

This event is hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Supervised children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Music shines in Tacoma with ORS and TYSA

21 May

 

ORCHESTRAL RECITAL SERIES
The Orchestral Recital Series, held May 19 to May 24, 2018 at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall, is well worth attending to enjoy serious young musicians play repertoire that is pleasing to listen to as well as lush, full-toned with a great orchestra to accompany many young, talented musicians.  Saturday night’s concert, with Even Lambert as Conductor, was impressive with a great rendition of Liszt’s Concerto in E Flat Major, No. 1 by Nathan Zhao.  Many stand-out performances ensued, with Abigail Park playing a wonderful Greig Concerto as a finale.  If you like classical piano music and an interesting variety of music, plan to attend this series this week! The concert is free, but a donation is kindly requested.

Coming Up

What: Orchestral Recital Series – piano students of all ages perform live with an orchestra
Where: University of Puget Sound, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner Street in Tacoma
When: Continues May 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cost: Donations accepted at the door
More information: www.orstacoma.org

 

Tacoma Youth Symphony performs their season finale at the Rialto Theater.

TACOMA YOUTH SYMPHONY
Tacoma Youth Symphony once again showed their stars and stripes in their latest amazing performance at the Rialto Theater for their finale concert on Sunday, May 20, which featured Spanish composers, along with the famous and rousing march, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.  Dr. Paul-Elliot Cobbs conducted with great love and elicited a response from the orchestra that is performance at its best.  The orchestra has many talented young musicians that obviously love what they do, but it is their ability to play as one instrument that distinguishes them.  My favorite piece was the three-movement, The Three Cornered Hat, by Manuel de Falla, but Concerto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo was an obvious crowd-pleaser.  The guest guitarist, Michael Partington, was captivating and lyrical.  The excellence of the music and the performance left a smile on my face and a skip in my walk as I left the acoustically lovely Rialto Theater. Everything about this performance shined bright.

 

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma through Arts Projects funding and Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund.

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This review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission member Liesl Santkuyl. She works for the College Success Foundation and serves on the board of Latinx Unidos of the South Sound. Liesl has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2017.

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