Archive | December, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Arts Projects funding recipients

27 Dec

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts’ ballet folklorico troupe at Roosevelt Elementary.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2018 public outreach projects in the fields of dance, craft, music, visual, literary, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,250 to $5,000.

“Tacoma’s creative community is flourishing, and these grants were quite competitive,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “The recipients reflect a mix of established and new organizations that are collectively elevating this city with dynamic programming. I am particularly excited to be supporting projects that engage a wider variety of underserved communities.”

Du Ly drums and the Red Lion dances during Trung Thu 2017. Photo courtesy of Chùa Phước Huệ Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation and Cultural Center.

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, a historical arts and crafts demonstration series, cultural education programming, two dance workshop series and performances, a program using arts and cultural practice to address food justice, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, and community engagement events.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective,  Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Centro Latino,  Chùa Phước Huệ’s Volunteer Team, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Groundswell Arts Collective, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Latinx Unidos of the South Sound, Metropolitan Glass, Northwest Repertory Singers, Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

In the Spirit Northwest Native Art Market at Washington State History Museum.

The Arts Projects Funding Program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Arts Projects is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit cityoftacoma.org/funding.

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Tacoma Opera celebrates 50 years with Carmen

14 Dec


What: Tacoma Opera presents Carmen by Georges Bizet
When: February 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm; February 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm; February 11, 2018 @ 2 pm
Where: Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway
Tickets: http://www.tacomaopera.com/single-tickets/

Join Tacoma Opera this February for Carmen, one of the most popular operatic dramatic works of all time.

Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 3, 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.

Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon. The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

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