Tacoma Arts Month is just around the corner

9 Sep

15TAMonthforFBOctober 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about the 300+ Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

Tacoma Arts Month Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge! Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. Tacoma Arts Month attendees may also enter by completing and mailing the submission form found in the back of the Tacoma Arts Month brochure. Grand prize, second, and third place winners will be announced in November. For more information about the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge, visit TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • TAMonth_OpeningPartyTacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
    October 1
    6 – 9 pm
    Historic Tacoma Armory, 715 S. 11th St.
    Free and open to the public

Join us for this free community celebration. Live entertainment includes music by Ken Jacobsen, contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, Samoan Village Dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, and more. The historic building will host a series of pop-up multi-media art exhibits by Christopher Jordan, Isaac Olsen, Jennifer Chushcoff, Nichole Rathburn, Janet Marcavage, Tim + April Norris, Terese Cuff, Elizabeth Gahan, Diana Leigh Surma and Judd Cohen.

There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2015 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners – University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma Public Library, and Connie K Walle. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma with support from the Historic Tacoma Armory.

  • Tacoma Studio TourTAMonth_StudioTour
    October 17 & 18
    11 am – 5 pm
    35 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

Come see the spaces and tools with which 57 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 35 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least 8 stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive Google map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!


Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

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