Archive | January, 2015

Will you be the next Tacoma Poet Laureate?

21 Jan

The Tacoma Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the sixth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015.

The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years – from May 2015 to April 2017 – and receive a $2,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects. This individual will also participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October and help produce the 2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony announcing the next Tacoma Poet Laureate.

“The Tacoma Poet Laureate program showcases local talent and provides access to the literary arts throughout our city and beyond,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “We are excited to see how the next poet laureate continues to engage the diversity of Tacoma’s citizenry.”

Eligibility extends to literary artists who live in Pierce County and are actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and practicing artists, dedicated to producing poetry in any form, genre or style on a regular basis. Other eligibility requirements apply.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., 9th floor, Visibility Center). The workshop will address questions about the application and selection process. Current poet laureate Lucas Smiraldo and former poet laureates Josie Emmons Turner and William Kupinse will talk about their experiences and how they each addressed the community engagement aspect of the position. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring a piece of their own poetry to share at the end of the workshop.

The Tacoma Arts Commission and Smiraldo will host a poetry event at which the winner of this year’s Poet Laureate competition will officially be awarded the title. The free, public event will be held Friday, May 1, from 6 – 8:30 p. m. at the B Sharp Coffee House (706 Court C in downtown Tacoma).

The application and information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program, which was founded in 2008 by Urban Grace Church and transitioned to the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program in 2011, are available at

Start 2015 off on the right note

6 Jan
Tacoma Youth Symphony woodwind ensemble

Tacoma Youth Symphony woodwind ensemble

To ring in the new year, on January 13th, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is delighted to present the Tacoma Youth Symphony chamber music ensembles!  These are the best of the best – of the hundreds of students in the Tacoma Youth Symphony orchestras, the top instrumentalists are showcased in small groups of woodwinds, brass and strings.

Tacoma Youth Symphony string ensemble

Tacoma Youth Symphony string ensemble

Join us for fabulous music-making and cocoa, coffee and cookies! Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town
Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 7 pm
Cost: Free

For more information visit or call (253) 752-2135.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Classical Tuesdays in Old Town through Arts Projects funding.

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