Funding for Tacoma Artists – Apply Now!

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2015-16 TAIP funding recipient Whitney Henry-Lester produced the Destiny and Grit podcast series. Letterpress promo piece printed by Springtide Press.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork in any discipline and present that work through a free public component. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on January 23, 2017.

 

“Tacoma’s arts and culture contribute significantly to why we choose to live here, and TAIP is a key investment in our creative community. TAIP supports innovative, talented artists by helping them fulfill specific goals, contributing to their artistic growth while engaging communities with free performances, exhibitions, and workshops.” – Mike Sweney, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair

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2015-16 TAIP funding recipient Christopher Paul Jordan is curating and exhibiting work in an inter-media art exhibit, COLORED, of 20 Black artists and poets.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2013 and 2016 are not eligible to apply.

Please see the TAIP guidelines and application instructions for full details.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on December 15, 2016, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 728 St. Helens, Room 16.

Apply by Nov 7 for 2017 Arts Projects funding

1 Nov Fort Nisqually visitors learning how to make a cyanotype photo print during Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.
Language of Clay family art workshop with SPUN at Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Language of Clay family art workshop with SPUN at Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2017? If so, you might want to 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 7, 11:59 pm!

Flutist Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree) plays flute and sings at the In the Spirit Festival. Photo courtesy of Washington State Historical Society.

Flutist Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree) plays flute and sings at the In the Spirit festival. Photo courtesy of Washington State Historical Society.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of neighborhood festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances; 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, 2017.

Fort Nisqually visitors learning how to make a cyanotype photo print during Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Fort Nisqually visitors learning how to make a cyanotype photo print during Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

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; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. 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.

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.

READY TO APPLY?

Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions.

 

Emerging Artist Workshop – November 5th!

19 Oct

Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Olympic Room, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave S.
Cost: FREE, refreshments will be provided

Description:
Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality is hosting a workshop to build capacity among emerging artists, and to increase access to arts projects and funding. Learn about upcoming opportunities in Tacoma and Seattle from local arts organizations. Hear from established artists on how they built their careers, and ask questions during an open panel discussion. Network with participants, and make connections with presenters. This free workshop is open to everyone, artists working in all media are welcome, and people of color are especially encouraged to attend.

RSVP and receive updates through our Facebook event.

Agenda:
1:00-1:10              Welcome by Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts Administrator
1:10-2:00              Arts organizations present and answer questions
2:00-3:00             Artist panel presents and answers questions

Artist Panelists:
Ryan Feddersen
Christopher Paul Jordan
Satpreet Kahlon

Organizations:
Artist Trust
City of Tacoma Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality
CultureShock Collective
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Spaceworks Tacoma

Questions?
Contact Asia Tail at atail@cityoftacoma.org or 253.591.5206

 

 

 

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

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Still looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each location you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Or, sit back and let the ART BUS do the driving while you enjoy a guided tour of 6 artists’ studios plus lunch. The ART BUS tour will run on October 15, 11 am – 3 pm. Find out more about the ART BUS Studio Tour here and purchase a ticket here.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Katie Dean
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Katie Dean’s recent work focuses on floral and nature themes. She loves studying, experimenting, and exploring unique combinations of color. She enjoys technical challenges and working with her hands so letterpress printing has become a perfect medium for her. She begins with a detailed sketch of her idea and then hand-carves the detailed line work into a linoleum block, which allows her to experiment with color ideas before settling on a direction for each piece. Each color is separated onto its own linoleum block for printing.

Joe Becker, Seldom Seen Photography
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Joe Becker is a freelance photographer and author living in Tacoma. A Washington state native, Joe’s photographic skills are largely self-taught; his formal education is in geology. His photography has won both local and international awards and has been published by National Geographic, Northwest Travel Magazine, and Washington State Tourism, among others. His first book, Scenic Seattle: Touring and Photographing the Emerald City, was published in 2016.

Dorothy McCuistion
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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors, creating a place where they merge. She makes monotype prints, small print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign or the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impacts to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
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Yoshiko Yamamoto is known for her Japonesque blockprints and letterpress note cards. She always admired the artistry and craftsmanship of traditional woodblock prints of Japan, where she grew up. Her other influence – the Arts & Crafts Movement in England and America from the 1900s – continues to inspire and challenge her to make “objects of functional beauty.”

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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Lisa Kinoshita is a Tacoma artist whose mediums include live plants (moss) and raw gemstones (mineral). Currently, she is exploring the possibilities of interactive projects that connect people from different parts of the world. Lisa is an independent curator who specializes in unusual sites (e.g., Tacoma Food Forest, Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Foss Waterway Seaport museum) and subject matter.

Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
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Nadine Hamil creates sacred space for adults and children to dive into their creativity with joy and have fun in her expressive arts workshops. Intuitive painting classes are a favorite. She loves creating art with paint, wire, crystals, beads, and discarded treasures. Magic happens at Artful Dreamers Studio!

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit this weekend. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including:

RR AndersonTacomic drawing kit
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonAbstract painting
Bill ColbyFramed print
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleArt tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraCards and matted artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrint
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowl
Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionSet of tiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTile
Jessica SpringTacoma stamps
Lorraine TolerSigned print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko YamamotoMatted note card
Lois YoshidaBox of hand-painted cards

The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine

Tacoma Arts Commission Volunteers Wanted

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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 for applicants to fill the following positions on the Tacoma Arts Commission:

  • Professional positions 1 and 2
  • At-Large positions 2, 3, and 7

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 Tacoma Arts Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. 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, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the Municipal Art Program. 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 October 23, 2016. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Amanda Punsalan at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, 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 nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

Monday Mixer Focuses on Makers

7 Oct

Join the City of Tacoma for the next Monday Mixer networking event held at 1120 Creative House (1120 Pacific Ave., 2nd Floor) on Monday, Oct. 17, from 5 – 7 p.m.

On the heels of this year’s Etsy Maker City Summit, this networking event will focus on Tacoma’s Maker community. Are you an artist, a manufacturer, an inventor, a tinkerer, a designer or someone else creative who makes things?  Then you are a maker and are encouraged to attend this mixer designed to be an informal way to meet other makers, content experts, government representatives and interested parties to share information and build community.

“Tacoma is built on a rich history of innovation and manufacturing,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland.  “Now we are poised to advance our position as a Maker City again by strengthening opportunities for our local talent to thrive. Much like Brooklyn, where the Etsy Maker City Summit was held earlier this year, we have a thriving artisan community that takes great pride in their work.”

At this event, participants can meet Stephen Jones from Tacoma Manufacturing Company and Tim and April Norris from Tim+April who were the forces behind Tacoma’s invitation to participate in the Etsy Maker City Summit.  As a result of this summit, these makers are launching a “Made in Tacoma” initiative. Makers are invited to visit madeintacoma.us and fill out a short survey. 

“We want to know who all the makers are in our community so we can strengthen our network and together, identify ways to build and grow as a creative economy,” shared April Norris.

In addition, there will be representatives from mixer co-host Spaceworks Tacoma, Fablab, IDEA (the Industrial Design Engineering Art high school), co-working and maker spaces, the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality plus hundreds of fellow makers.

Monday Mixers are free to attend and open to all. Visit tacomameansbusiness.com for more information.

 

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

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This is part 8 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each location you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
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Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the proprietor of Anagram Press – a small business specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author/artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists series. Signed copies of the new Dead Feminists book, published by Sasquatch Books, will be available at the Studio Tour.

Fumiko Kimura
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Fumiko Kimura’s works are centered around Asian-influenced paintings of flowers, animals, and landscapes, as well as mixed media collages based on an experimental approach to decipher originality. She particularly enjoys finding new images from “no thought” or the intuitive spread of ink or colors on the surface of papers, and develops images to tell the story.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers  Etc.
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Roberta Lowes produces handwoven, handknit, and hand-dyed wearables and accessories of primarily natural materials. She also makes some items for home decor such as blankets, placemats, towels, and containers. The work will always feel wonderful and is enriched by color.

Juan La Torre, La Torre Art Studio
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Juan La Torre is a Peruvian award-winning artist residing in the United States around 19 years. Juan believes that art is the best path to learning of any field. He is intrigued how art has been used throughout human evolution and how currently, art helps us through the new information era to meet, know, and understand each other and the human condition.

RR Anderson, Tacomic Cartoon Funnies
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RR Anderson has been self-publishing hand-drawn, underground, hyper-local, political cartoons since 2007 a.d. Once they were published in the Weekly Volcano and that was real nice. Ultimately his work is about friendship, need, and other timeless values.

Mark Hoppmann
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Mark Hoppmann has always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which, in turn, inspire his art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, his intent is to design illustrated books for those “with ‘satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.

Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Lyz and Jewel
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Lyz and Jewel primarily work with kimono and haori (shorter jackets). Garments are embellished with beads and embroidery to enhance their patterning. Lyz and Jewel also make fabric wall hangings, using Japanese fabrics, Latin-American milagros, or Indonesian batiks.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including:

RR AndersonTacomic drawing kit
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonAbstract painting
Bill ColbyFramed print
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleArt tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraCards and matted artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrint
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowl
Roberta LowesHandpainted silk scarf

Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionSet of tiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTile
Jessica SpringTacoma stamps
Lorraine TolerSigned print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko YamamotoMatted note card
Lois YoshidaBox of hand-painted cards

The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine

4 Public Art Opportunities for the Prairie Line Trail

3 Oct
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Application Deadline: November 10, 2016, 11:59 PM
Budget: $55,000 all-inclusive for each opportunity (4 total opportunities)
Eligibility: Artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia, Canada

Opportunity
The City of Tacoma is seeking four (4) artists or artist teams to each create an artwork along the City’s segments of the Prairie Line Trail (PLT), a former rail line being converted to a linear public park, running through the heart of downtown Tacoma. Each artwork should draw from extensive historic research gathered by the existing project team, and provide historic interpretation for an important location or theme in an artful way. Artworks should include interpretive text related to the narrative of the PLT, either integrated into the artwork, or as associated signage. Selected artists will be encouraged to represent less told stories along the trail, and artists with diverse cultural perspectives are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Visit http://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.

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