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Changes are Underway for Tacoma’s Annual Arts Month

28 Jan
Marit Berg gives a hands-on demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour. Photo property of the City of Tacoma.

Marit Berg gives a hands-on demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour. Photo property of the City of Tacoma.

Everything people love about Tacoma’s annual arts month will stay the same, with the exception of two things. Starting this year, Tacoma will celebrate in October, not November. And Art at Work Month will now be known as Tacoma Arts Month.

“We feel that Tacoma Arts Month clearly reflects the inclusive nature of this event,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “We are celebrating the arts, in its many variations, throughout and for our community.”

In response to community feedback, the change in timing will better coincide with performing arts season openings, national Arts & Humanities Month, and avoid holiday scheduling conflicts and inclement weather associated with November.

The Tacoma Arts Commission will continue to produce a free public arts month celebration event; the annual AMOCAT Arts Awards; and the Tacoma Studio Tour (scheduled for Oct. 11 and 12, 2014). They will also continue to provide an extensive online calendar of community-hosted events, exhibits and workshops.

Organizations, businesses and individuals producing arts and culture activities in Tacoma in October are encouraged to submit their event information for free inclusion in the calendar of events. To receive direct notification when Tacoma Arts Month activity submissions are being accepted, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at or (253) 591-5191.

Started in 2002, Tacoma Arts Month is an annual month-long celebration of the arts in Tacoma. It provides an invitation to the greater community to sample hundreds of arts and culture programs happening throughout the city including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

The Tacoma Arts Commission voted on May 13, 2013 to change the timing of the event to the month of October. They voted again on Jan. 13, 2014 to rename the month to Tacoma Arts Month.

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