Archive | July, 2013

What do you have planned for November?

24 Jul
Artist Jennevieve Schlemmer in studio. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

Artist Jennevieve Schlemmer in studio. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month
November 1 – 30, 2013

Will you be hosting an arts event in November?
Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity?
Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2013 Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our twelfth annual Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month this November. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, email newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2013. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of November.

To have your event listed: 

1. Fill out the Online Art at Work Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

Questions? Contact Naomi at or by calling (253) 591-5191.

Notice for those who like to plan for the long-term:
Based on overwhelmingly supportive feedback we received from the community, Art at Work Month will be moving to October in 2014. Not this year. Next year. We’ll have more information for you when we get closer.

Nominations sought for 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards

10 Jul
Mayor Stickland; 2012 AMOCAT Arts Award winner Katy Evans; and Robin Echtle, Chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission

Mayor Stickland; 2012 AMOCAT Arts Award winner Katy Evans; and Robin Echtle, Chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards.

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

The three award categories are:
1. Community Outreach by an Individual – Community outreach, engagement, and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
2. Community Outreach by an Organization – Community outreach, engagement, and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
3. Arts Patron – A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

“The AMOCAT Arts Awards help spotlight the people and organizations who are investing their time, money, and passion into improving our community through the arts,” said Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma. “These people have helped make the arts an essential part of Tacoma’s identity and we want to recognize them for their service.”

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by August 30, 2013. The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee, not by the number of times the nominee was nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Art at Work Month Opening Party in late October.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley & Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey & Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, and Katy Evans.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum & Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, and The Grand Cinema.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, 6th Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and Key Bank.

Information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found on the Arts Program website.

Beat, Graff, Break, Rap – Summer Workshops at FABITAT!

2 Jul
Fab-5's 2012 L.I.F.E. program summer showcase

Fab-5’s 2012 L.I.F.E. program summer showcase

The L.I.F.E. Program – Free summer workshops at FABITAT

Back at it, Spaceworks alumni Fab-5 are hosting The L.I.F.E. Program this summer.  “Living In Free Expression” is a fun, empowering opportunity for youth to make the most of their summer days.  Fab-5 describe it as “an intensive series of urban arts workshops designed to allow youth to develop and explore their unique voices through a variety of different mediums.”  This year’s workshops include:

Break Dancing
Legal Graffiti
Production/Beat Making

Tons of talent has bloomed from the past LIFE summer series.  The quality of education in the arts coming out of this program is impressive.  From community murals, to break dance performances, radio shows, fundraisers, and food drives, students from this program have taken their work out into the community and truly made a mark on this town.

The program is free and open to all youth.  Starting at 11am sharp, each summer saturday, workshops run for three hours and include hands-on instruction and discussion with healthy snacks provided.  All workshops take place at FABITAT located at 1316 MLK Way, Tacoma, WA 98405.  Click here to register.

“Fab-5 believes that youth are the ones who influence others to change, and by empowering youth via self-expression, Fab-5 builds solid leaders and community minded individuals through mentorship, leadership and positive role models.”

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