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Tacoma City Ballet FREE Talk & Dance Preview, March 23

19 Mar

Tacoma City Ballet rehearses at the Merlino Arts Center. Photo: Connie Riggio

Unbeknownst to many Tacomans, up above the Grand Cinema in the Theater District is another world composed of art studios and a grand ballroom – this is where the Tacoma City Ballet (TBC) rehearses its magic. TCB will be hosting a Preview and Choreographer’s Talk Friday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Jan Collum Ballroom of the Merlino Arts Center.  This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 50 reservations.  Click here to reserve your space now.

Join Tacoma City Ballet’s dancers and artistic staff to learn more about their upcoming production, Spring Dance Extravaganza. This FREE, hour-long dance preview will be hosted by TCB’s artistic director and choreographers and will feature excerpts from their upcoming performance.  This preview is a unique opportunity to learn more about what goes into creating original ballets while catching a glimpse of these new choreographic works. TCB dancers will be in attendance to demonstrate during each choreographer’s talk and to perform excerpts from the pieces. Tacoma City Ballet, Merlino Arts Center, 508 6th Ave. in Tacoma. Contact: Leah Taff, Administrator, at 253.272.4219; or

Applications Open for One-Time API Grant

19 Mar

The Washington State Arts Commission with the support of The Wallace Foundation, is pleased to announce a new, one-time initiative to stimulate innovative practices in building arts participation. The Arts Participation Innovations grants will provide up to $30,000 for the design and implementation of innovative projects that build on key concepts of the Arts Participation Leadership Initiative (APLI): building arts participation especially among young and/or culturally diverse participants, and expanding access to the arts through new technology.

These projects must take place between June 1 and December 31, 2012. Deadline for the application form is April 16. Applicant organizations must be located in King or Pierce Counties with preference given to Seattle projects, as this is the APLI primary geographic area. Please find attached the guidelines and application form for the Innovations grant. For further information, contact Mayumi Tsutakawa, program manager, at or 360.586.0424.

APLI FINAL Guidelines Innovations (3 15 12)

Get Creative: It’s Time to Festivate!

19 Mar

When it comes to festivals, farmers’ markets and grassroots fairs, the South Sound has more than you can shake a stick at! Here’s the first batch of artist vendor opportunities for summer festivals – we’ll list others as they are announced.

PACIFIC AVENUE STREET FAIR, June 10, 2012. Artists, performers, food vendors and craftspeople may apply for this one-day celebration that attracted several thousand people last year! Good chow, music and stage entertainment, plus a classic car show are all part of the mix. Details at; click on Street Fair for the vendor application.

PROCTOR ARTS FEST, August 4, 2012. Attention, artists and craftspeople: approximately 9,000 visitors chilled at this popular North End event last year! Opportunities include live music and stage performances, a juried art show, the Proctor sidewalk sale, and the Proctor Farmers’ Market. Vendor application at Or, enter the Proctor Arts Fest 4th Annual Poster Contest with a $300 first prize. Artists who reside in Pierce County are invited to enter one original artwork that captures the energy of a summer arts festival in any medium except photography or computer-generated art. Entries should not feature specific Proctor businesses or logos in their design. In addition to a $300 grand prize, second and third place winners will have the option of displaying their artwork in selected Proctor businesses during Arts Fest. The winning entry will be photographed with graphic design provided by Proctor Arts Fest. Deadline is April 20, 2012. Send your entry (by CD only) to: Proctor District Association, Proctor Arts Fest Poster Contest, P.O.Box 7291, Tacoma, WA 98417. Include name, telephone number, e-mail address, and a brief resumé. There is no fee for entering this contest but your CD will not be returned (do not send original artwork). Information: Bonnie at Continue reading

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