In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Art at Work Month, our 10 in 10 series is spotlighting a decade’s worth of fabulous things about Tacoma.
Of the literally hundreds of art events we spotlight during Art at Work Month each November, the public ceremony honoring recipients of the annual AMOCAT Art Awards is one of the most anticipated. Established in 2005, the AMOCAT recognizes those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees come from many fields, and work hard to support and build Tacoma’s creative community by innovating in artistic excellence. AMOCAT award recipients are nominated and selected by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
There are three regular categories for recognition: Community Outreach by an Artist, Community Outreach by an Organization, and Arts Patron. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in building a lively arts community in Tacoma.
In 2011, the Tacoma Arts Commission created a special Arts Leadership award to recognize exceptional vision, dedication and leadership in the arts in Tacoma. The recipient of the inaugural award is David Fischer, Executive Director of the Broadway Center. In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, D.A.S.H. – Dancing, Acting and Singing in Harmony took the prize. Stella Haioulani, CEO and founder of Free Ya Mind, Inc., was recognized for Community Outreach by an Artist. The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation was named this year’s Arts Patron. An article about these four outstanding community members, who will be honored publicly during Art at Work Month, is coming soon.
“[The AMOCAT] is important because it acknowledges ways in which the arts build community,” says City of Tacoma Arts Administrator, Amy McBride. “How individuals and organizations can go above and beyond the call of duty using the arts to their best end.
“Nominations are made by arts commissioners throughout the year as they notice something exceptional or of interest,” she says. “The AMOCAT is another way to acknowledge excellence and bring light to people who are contributing to both the arts and our community in a meaningful way.”
2010 AMOCAT award recipients
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2009 AMOCAT award recipients
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2008 AMOCAT award recipients
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2007 AMOCAT award recipients
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2006 AMOCAT award recipients
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2005 AMOCAT award recipients
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Past 10 in 10 topics include:
10 in 10: The F.W. Woolworth Building
10 in 10: 2001 Tacoma Gets Smart (UW-Tacoma and SOTA)