Archive | October, 2011

Tacoma Studio Tours: November 5 & 6!

31 Oct

Today is the last day of October, which means that Art at Work Month starts TOMORROW! Enjoy Halloween tonight (take some You’ll Like Tacoma pictures with the best costumes you see and send ’em in!), and get ready to get your arts on for the rest of the week. Kick off officially with us on Thursday evening at our Opening Party at the Museum of Glass!

Studio Tours 2010. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

Can’t get away until the weekend? That’s okay! Join us and 57 local artists on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00 for the 10th annual Tacoma Studio Tours. This year, the 57 artists will open 37 studios to the public (some are group studios), giving everyone a chance to see where and the techniques and tools they use to create their masterpieces. It’s also a great way to ask artists questions, see the creative process, and purchase one-of-a-kind local art.

This year, all of the studios will offer a demonstration or a hands-on activity for visitors! Most will be kid-friendly, so bring your family and try your hand at stone carving, sumi painting, linoleum block printmaking, and more. Some studios may even let you come away with a little free keepsake, to help you remember your experience at the Studio Tours this year.

Studio Tours 2010. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

So hop over to the Studio Tour page on the Art at Work website – or grab your Art at Work brochure – and get planning! You’ll find a full list of participating artists and a handy, interactive map to help you put together the best route for this self-guided, free tour. (If you don’t feel like spending the gas money, buy an Art Bus ticket and have someone else do the driving for you!) Some studios are only open on one day or the other, so make sure you plan accordingly. And who knows…maybe you’ll even get your hands on some swag. 😀

A Gory Gourd

28 Oct

We’re celebrating All Hallow’s Eve with a portrait of a sickly squash, Blasted Benji from the Island of Misfit Pumpkins. The original pumpkin was carved by Tacoma artist Wolfgang Whitt; it was painted by a duo who make art together under the name, ElWit. “After the pumpkin was carved it just didn’t look right,” noted one half of the team. “But after we left it out for a week, it was just fine.” Amazing, what a little decay will do…

Career Skills for Artists: Arts Symposium – Nov. 19 & 20

26 Oct

If you haven’t heard, the Arts Symposium is back and we’re here to bring you the the lowdown, as well as a few tips to keep in mind! Part of Art at Work Month, the two-day event is dedicated to providing local artists and arts organizations with nuts-and-bolts information in order to become and remain successful in the arts. We’ve got exciting conversations, workshops, and panels lined up to help you push your arts career to the next level. This year, we’ll have a keynote address by Gigi Rosenberg, author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing. Get a taste of Gigi’s speaking style in this great video from her website:

Her keynote alone will make it worth your while! Some of the other sessions we’ll be holding this year include Marketing with Social Media, Fund Your Projects: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary and Performing Artist, Engaging with Youth in the Arts, and Public Art Perspectives. For a full list of sessions and their descriptions, visit the Symposium page at

Tip #1: There’s a lot going on, so make sure you don’t sign up for overlapping sessions!

Keep reading for more tips and information…

Poetry in the Park with Josie Turner, Oct. 15

14 Oct

WHO: Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Turner and local writers
WHAT: Poets who participated in a workshop led by Turner in July will give a public reading of their work
WHERE: Ft. Nisqually in Point Defiance Park
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2p.m.

Built in 1833, Fort Nisqually was a Northwest trade center, a Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and the first European settlement on Puget Sound. Nestled in the woods at Point Defiance Park, it offers inspiring surroundings for the writing – and reading – of poetry. Back in July, Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Turner chose it as the setting for her poetry writing workshop, Place and Persona. This Saturday, workshop participants will return to the Great Room in Fort Nisqually to read the poems they’ve written after spending time in this beautiful and historic place. Poets include Chelsea Wiggins, Connie Walle, Emilie Rommel, Marjorie Rommel, Risa Denenberg, and Sally Riewald.

Turner will also present Pagoda, a poem she wrote in response to the burning of the pagoda at Point Defiance Park, illustrated by William Turner and recently published as a broadside by Springtide Press.

During Art at Work Month in November, Turner will lead a workshop on writing poems in response to paintings.

2012 Arts Projects Application

12 Oct

Are you part of an organization that wants to offer some arts programming in the coming year? Apply for the 2012 Arts Projects funding! We are now accepting applications from eligible organizations that will produce publicly accessibly arts programming in 2012. The program can provide between $1,000 and $5,000 for your community project focused on the arts.

A scene from last year's Proctor Arts Fest. Image is a TNT courtesy photo.

Past funding has supported projects like dance and musical performances, workshops, literary events, and arts components of festivals. Make sure your organization and your arts programming are eligible for funding before you apply – read through the guidelines carefully!

If you have any questions about the Arts Projects, or about the application process, we’re holding a free workshop to answer all of those questions. It will be held on November 1 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market Street – Room 1444).

You can get additional information and download the guidelines and application by clicking here. The deadline is November 28, 2011, so don’t procrastinate on this one. Good luck, and we’ll see your organization’s arts programming in 2012!

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