Nine Arts Organizations and 16 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission
The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to nine Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $40,000 to 16 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $40,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2015-16 biennium.
“Supporting a diverse group of local artists and arts organizations helps build a creative community,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “Funding the arts at multiple levels means our city gives everyone opportunities for meaningful engagement and expression.”
Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards
The 2015-2016 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and The Grand Cinema.
In 2014, these nine organizations served 500,654 people, provided free admission to 124,209 people, and generated an estimated $9.55 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
The 2015-2016 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Saign Charlestein, Jennifer Chushcoff, Matthew Coté, Kristin Giordano, Michael Haeflinger, Whitney Henry-Lester, Christopher Jordan, Jeremy Mangan, Janet Marcavage, Tim Norris, Chandler O’Leary, Isaac Olsen, Nichole Rathburn, Holly Senn, Emilie Shimkus and Gregory Youtz.
Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include a spoken word album and poetry reading; a podcast series exploring varying perspectives on Tacoma; production of a series of short films showcasing poetry; performance and recording of instrumental and vocal songs; production of a book of poetry and photographs; and the creation and exhibition of two- and three-dimensional visual art including metal art, photography, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, illustrations, and textile and paper sculptures.
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.
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March 19, 2015, 5-9pm
1120 Pacific Ave. (2nd Floor)
Event on Facebook
Buzz has steadily grown about the recent creative activity in the 1120 Pacific Avenue building. Artists, designers, and entrepreneurs have filled up 12 studios (listed below), activating the entire second floor. The open architecture of this 1970’s-modernist office space provides an unusually complimentary setting for the arts in downtown Tacoma. This grand opening is the first opportunity for the public to explore phase one of Spaceworks’ largest project to date.
Event will include:
- Open Studios from Asia Tail, IRIS Photo&Design (Megan Shea & Gil Lord), FameTakers, Kendra Design Photography (Kendra Roelle), Tacoma Tool Library, Fringeshift Studios (Shawn Foote, Jim Wellman & Jed Rietz), MarkArt5 (Mark Tracy), Nature City Photography (Timothy Carter), Pointline (Isaac Martinez), Electric Glow Studio (Aaron Hartzell
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The only annual celebration of Tacoma’s historic waterfront will return to the Thea Foss Waterway on July 18 & 19 this year. The 23rd annual Maritime Fest will take place at its customary location at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street. This year’s festival will continue to honor the historic working waterfront and maritime trades, as well as reintroduce the public to the modern waterfront – a place that also caters to recreation and dining.
Maritime Fest is a free community event for people of all ages. Familiar activities include the popular Port of Tacoma tours, toy boat building and remote control boats; and a range of boats from tugs to classic wooden boats, will be on display. Building on last year’s success, they are bringing back their Arts Initiatives, including a found art sculpture contest for adults, and a community-created mural on a sail for children, led once again by local artist Kate Cendejas. Other features include live music and entertainment all weekend, and free entrance to the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum.
Also returning for its 11th year is the wildly popular Quick and Dirty Boat Building Contest. This contest features local teams of three who have six hours to build a boat from scratch and race it around a course. You don’t want to miss it!
For more information about Maritime Fest, including parking and transportation details, please visit www.maritimefest.org.
The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to help support the Arts Initiative portion of Tacoma Maritime Fest through Arts Projects funding. Other event sponsors include: Port of Tacoma, Belina Interiors, City of Tacoma, Foss Waterway Development Authority, Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Tacoma Community Boat Builders, Tacoma Waterfront Association, Downtown Tacoma Courtyard Marriott and many others.
The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo are proud to announce the launch of the Laureate Listening Project. In this interactive online audio anthology, community members from Tacoma and greater Pierce County reflect on the importance of a particular place in their own life through poetry. Audio recordings of these poems, centered on the “spirit of place” theme, are linked to a Google map so users can search by a particular poet or location and listen to work inspired by the site.
“Poetry is most powerful when it’s done in community,” said Smiraldo. “We have many communities in Tacoma and they don’t intersect and interconnect enough. The Laureate Listening Project is an exercise in community building and community voice.”
Smiraldo worked with various nonprofit and cultural organizations including the Tacoma Public Library, Peace Community Center and Peace Lutheran Church, Northwest Leadership Foundation, The Conversation, B Sharp Coffeehouse, The Center for Spiritual Living, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, and Smiraldo’s own monthly event, Live at the Auricle, to record poems from a diversity of Pierce County residents. Currently, the Laureate Listening Project hosts over 55 poems. Additional poems will be added periodically.
Smiraldo will host an open mic to showcase alumni of the Laureate Listening Project on March 20, 7 p.m., at B Sharp Coffeehouse (706 Opera Alley). At least 30 alumni will share their poems from the project during this free public event.
The Laureate Listening Project and additional information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program is available at cityoftacoma.org/poet.
Individuals who are interested in having their short spoken works included in the project can contact Smiraldo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule a recording session.
The Laureate Listening Project was conceived and organized by Smiraldo in collaboration with the Tacoma Arts Commission. Funding for the Laureate Listening Project is made possible by a Spark Grant from The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Mapping capability is made possible by the City of Tacoma.
On February 21st, I had the pleasure of attending the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra under the baton of Conductor Dale Johnson. These exceptionally talented young musicians performed a very exciting concert.
Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra is one of six orchestras presented by the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association — making it one of the top youth orchestra associations in the country. Because of their size, and more importantly, their dedication to excellence, TYSA provides young musicians the opportunity to play as part of a large orchestra starting at a young age. The Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra is the penultimate orchestra in TYSA, with musicians ranging in age from late middle school to early high school.
The program I attended featured late 19th and early 20th century composers evoking a “Celebration of the New World.” The highlights of the evening were two pieces for solo violin and orchestra. The first, Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate, featured an electrifying solo performance by high school junior Anna Harris. In the second, soloist Claire Turner, also a junior in high school, skillfully played a delightful finale to Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26. These gifted soloists were backed by approximately 75 of their peers with a full orchestra. The music was breathtaking.
During intermission a patron remarked to me, “You can’t listen to this music and not have hope for the future.”
Tacoma is very fortunate to have the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association – an organization that inspires excellence and provides unique, high caliber opportunities for young musicians in our community. TYSA truly is a community treasure.
What: “Rhapsody in Blue” by Tacoma Youth Symphony (TYSA’s most senior level orchestra)
Where: Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th Street
When: Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm
Cost: Main floor tickets are $8.00 before the concert and $10.00 at the door. There are 100 free student festival tickets available at the door. Balcony tickets are $16 – $19.
More information: www.tysamusic.org, (253) 627-2792
The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association through the Arts Anchor Fund.
This review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission member Scott Campbell. Scott is the Managing Director of Tacoma Youth Theatre. He is the winner of two Emmy Awards and has worked as a writer; television producer; media consultant; communications director, and theater director, actor, and designer. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2014.
The Tacoma City Council invites individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and performing arts to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission. If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill one At-Large position on the Commission.
The Commission consists of 15 volunteer members who are appointed by the Economic Development Committee and confirmed by the City Council to serve three-year terms. Members are Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and artists.
The Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. Its purpose is to develop, support, coordinate, sponsor, and present the arts on a year-round basis for the benefit of the residents of Tacoma. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma; oversight of the Municipal Art Program; and supporting programs such as Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Murals Project. The Commission’s functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.
Meetings are held from 5 – 7 p.m., on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens, 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one funding panel. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the Commission funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the Commission produces.
Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, March 13, 2015. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Nicole Emery at email@example.com, (253) 591-5178, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
For additional information on the Tacoma Arts Commission, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 31, about 50 community members gathered in South Tacoma to dedicate the new multi-media mural, Manitou Trestle, created by artists Claudia Riedener, Chris Jordan, and Kenji Stoll, for the South 66th Street Trestle. The public art piece is a project of Sound Transit’s public art program (STart) in collaboration with the City of Tacoma’s Public Art: In Depth artist training program.
The mural layers South Tacoma’s history, industry and personal experiences with botanical representations of native flora, topography and quotes from the community. These layers of ceramic tile and paint create a dynamic and collective representation of the community’s memories and tell a visual story of the South Tacoma neighborhood’s past, present and future.
Photographer Dane Gregory Meyer captured the event through the following photo essay.
All photos used with permission from Dane Gregory Meyer. Copyright Dane Gregory Meyer.
Dane Gregory Meyer 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, currently as Vice Chair, in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.