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Nominations sought for 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards

27 Jun AMOCAT Arts Award

amocat_award_color_v2The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 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

“Arts, culture, and creativity are essential keys to Tacoma’s distinctive identity. They enrich people’s lives, enhance communities, and have a significant economic impact on our city.  Nonprofit arts and culture is a $64.72 million industry in Tacoma – one that supports 1,735 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $6.58 million in local and state government revenue,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “The AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize the people, organizations, and patrons in our community who invest their energy and passion into building a vibrant future through arts and culture.”

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by July 31, 2016. 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 has been nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on September 29.

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

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and 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, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Tacoma Public Library.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, and University of Washington Tacoma.

Additional information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found online.

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Tacoma Arts Month is coming. What do you have planned?

23 Jun

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Call for Arts Activities
15th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2016

Will you be hosting an arts event in October? 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 2016 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our 15th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. 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 www.TacomaArtsMonth.com. 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, electronic 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.

The deadline for submissions is August 7, 2016. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To have your event listed:

1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month 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 tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org. Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

Questions? Contact Naomi at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 591-5191.

NEON Art Party: Full Event Program

8 Jun

Spaceworks Tacoma

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This Saturday, June 11th is the NEON Art Party. Over 75 Spaceworks artists and entrepreneurs are showing off their work, creating a gigantic Tacoma-spectacle that will illuminate the Carpenters Building. Check out the full event program below. Buy your tickets in advance and save money! There are only a few days left! Tickets at www.SpaceworksNEON.com
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NEON Program

5:00   VIP Pre Party 
6:00   Doors Open. Entertainment & Silent Auction 
7:30   Silent Auction Closes 
7:30   Keynote Speaker and Raise the Paddle 
8:00   NEON Runway Show 
8:30   DJ Dance Party 
10:30 Last Call

Entertainment
-Music by Clemm Rishad, Nate Dybevik, and Ken Jacobsen
-Dance by Sound Movement Art Center
-Theater by Inside Out Shakespeare and Tacoma Actors Repertory Theater

Art Installations 
-Galen Turner, Kris Crews, Jennifer Robbins, Elizabeth Gahan and Michael Laine

Runway Show
-Emceed by Darcy Anderson of Tinkertopia
-Featuring Polyrev, Erika Ray, This Then…

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