Archive | February, 2014

Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration

26 Feb

NWRS photoMore than 120 singers will fill the stage when Northwest Repertory Singers and the Tacoma Youth Chorus combine talents for “Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration” Saturday, March 8.

This is the second time these two premiere choral groups have collaborated for a memorable evening of music. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma’s Proctor District.

“Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration” will include a diverse repertoire of songs, including spirituals, a love song based on a text by Sara Teasdale, an ethereal song about sleep, and a humorous piece about commonly used Italian terminology found in music. There will be some fine soloists of all ages, including a performance by a “true diva.”

“Tacoma Youth Chorus is a first-class organization, with great teachers, strong leadership at all levels, and fine accompanists,” said NWRS Artistic Director Dr. Paul Schultz. “Everyone is committed to achieving excellence at the highest artistic level, and that is a perfect match with the mission of NWRS.”

NWRS and TYC will perform individual songs and then combine for several selections to close the concert.

“To see the young singers standing side by side with the NWRS adults, singing with the same passion and joy, will bring tears to the eyes of many,” said Dr. Schultz. “For me, it’s a picture of young people realizing that singing is a lifelong experience.”

NWRS is a 60-voice choral group now in its 13th season. The high-school-age ensembles of Tacoma Youth Chorus include the Young Women’s Choir, the Young Men’s Choir, and the Chorale. The 69 young musicians are led by Judith Herrington, artistic director and founder.

Dr. Schultz and Ms. Herrington will present a half-hour pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. If you’re able, please considering bringing a food donation for the North End FISH food bank.

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets with no service fee or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets are $18 general admission, and $15 for senior/student/military. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are also available by calling 253-265-3042.

Information about Northwest Repertory Singers is available at, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

* The above article is reprinted with permission from Northwest Repertory Singers.*

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through Arts Projects funding.

Artists and Community Groups Wanted for Tacoma Murals Project

18 Feb

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge mural at E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to combat blight and vandalism, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from artists interested in leading a mural, and from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages.

“It is inspiring to watch communities come together to create an area of pride from a space that was formerly neglected,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “We are proud of how our artists and community groups have worked collaboratively to find common voices and develop murals that reflect the unique stories, characteristics, and vision of each neighborhood.”

Opportunity for Artists

The City is seeking adult artists or artist teams, who already possess strong artistic skills, to work with the community to design and implement high quality outdoor painted murals in select communities in Tacoma to fight blight and combat vandalism. Mural designs will be based on the lead artists’ aesthetics and based on input from the communities regarding themes or messages.

Artists selected through this call to artists will be added to the 2014 Tacoma Murals Project Lead Artist Roster. Community groups approved for a mural in their community through the Tacoma Murals Project will select an artist for their site from this roster of artists, with a limit of one mural per artist. The City will provide mentorship to artists selected from the roster who do not already have extensive outdoor public mural experience.

Artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $30 per hour for mural meetings, design and implementation. Artists can expect to invest between 90 and 250 hours in their murals. Applicants must be professional artists, 18 years or older, and available to lead a mural in the summer of 2014. Applicants must also reside in Pierce county or have graduated from the Tacoma Murals Project as either an apprentice artist or lead artist between 2010 and 2013 and been added to the Tacoma Murals Project public roster.

The deadline for artist applications is midnight on March 28, 2014.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple mural at 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple mural at 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Opportunity for Community Groups

The City is seeking community groups who would like an outdoor mural painted at a specific site in their neighborhood to fight blight and combat vandalism.

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2014. The deadline for community applications is midnight on April 4, 2014.


Twenty one murals have been completed between 2010 and 2013. To see photos of these murals, visit the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

More information about the Tacoma Murals Project and applications for both artists and community groups are available for download at For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at or (253) 591-5191.

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