This November, Tacoma will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month. The entire month of November is dedicated to the celebration of local arts. Over the past 10 years, we’ve noticed a lot of things that make us proud to call Tacoma home.
We bet there are a lot of things you like about Tacoma too! We invite you to share those things with us. On the right-hand side of this blog, you’ll see a series of images from our Flickr group, You’ll Like Tacoma Arts. Click over to see the full set, and to upload your own!
Make a sign that says, “You’ll Like Tacoma” and take it with you around town to snap a few pictures. Then, post them to our Flickr or our Facebook (or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!) and tell us why you like Tacoma. In the next few months leading up to Art at Work month, we’ll share our pictures and thoughts as well.
You'll Like Tacoma's graffiti garages! Tacoma Murals Project aerosol workshop.
You knew it was coming soon! Our Art at Work month, a celebration of local arts in Tacoma held every November, is in its tenth year this year! We’re kicking off the planning by releasing our call to artists to participate in the studio tours during the first weekend of November. Interested? Here’s the info.
10th ANNIVERSARY STUDIO TOURS: November 5 & 6, 2011
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?
The Hilltop artists turn out a rockin' piece during their demonstration. Studio Tours 2010
Apply to participate in our 10th Anniversary Studio Tour! The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for our annual Studio Tour, one of the features of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month this November. The emphasis of the 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, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 from 10 am to 4 pm (artists can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days). The Tacoma Arts Commission will publish a map and publicity materials featuring the studios. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors.
Click here for full details and qualifications. Click here to apply online now! The deadline is July 15, 2011.
Walk on the wild side (l to r): Todd Bressi, Lucy Begg, artist Elizabeth Conner and Robert Gay get the back story on Tacoma rail from historian Michael Sullivan.
Urban planner Todd Bressi and the design team of Lucy Begg and Robert Gay (Thoughtbarn) held a lively series of speaking engagements in Tacoma last week, on the public art plan for the much-vaunted Prairie Line Trail (PLT). The trio met with staff from the City, University of Washington-Tacoma and Tacoma Art Museum; historic preservationists, downtown stakeholders, artists, cycling advocates and interested citizens about the trail’s potential to become a showcase for art and art experiences, as well as a magnet for civic activity. The design team was awarded a $30,000 commission, supported by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) planning grant, to develop an art proposal for the legacy trail which will link downtown Tacoma’s most significant cultural and historical sectors.
Unbeknownst to most Tacomans, the Prairie Line Trail is an extraordinary landmark of Tacoma history. In 1873, the Northern Pacific Railroad designated the now-overgrown, half-mile, two-acre corridor as the western terminus for its transcontinental railroad, beating out competitors Seattle, Olympia and Bellingham. Modern city-building and telegraph communications followed the railroad, and from here sprung the town’s moniker, “The City of Destiny.” The proposed $5.83 million walking, biking and interpretive trail follows the historic rail corridor linking the University of Washington-Tacoma campus, the Brewery District, the Museum District and Thea Foss Waterway, and eventually connects with the Water Ditch Trail. Users will be within walking distance of the convention center, the copper-domed Union Station, and the ethereal Museum of Glass Bridge – all destinations that radiate outward from the Tacoma Art Museum (currently awaiting a streetscaping and plaza/entrance redesign). By commissioning a public art plan, “We are developing a roadmap that’s considerate of art” and honors the city’s history, says City Art Administrator, Amy McBride. That may be an understatement: The Prairie Line Trail offers a ripping opportunity to create a history-infused active destination and outdoor art venue that is unique to Washington, and the country. The PLT will draw visitors to our historic downtown, where curated temporary and site-specific permanent art may greet trail users. Continue reading