Archive | September, 2018

Over 80 Artists to See at the 2018 Tacoma Studio Tour

20 Sep

On the second weekend of October, the Tacoma Studio Tour returns – and it’s bigger than ever! Visit the working studios of over 80 local artists at 47 different locations across Tacoma.  Learn about the artistic process, try your hand at creative techniques, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Tacoma Studio Tour
47 locations around Tacoma
October 13 & 14
11 am – 5 pm





New Faces to the Studio Tour

Leading up to the Studio Tour, we’ll feature a handful of artists on the tour to help attendees plan their trip. Here are some of the newest additions to tour this year:

Tears Poured into Paint. Acrylic on canvas. By Alex Lee

Alex Lee, Alex Lee Studios
Painting, Mixed Media
Merlino Art Center #5 (508 6th Avenue), Saturday and Sunday
Studio Tour Activity: Watch various painting and mixed media demonstrations.




KiNaART Reflecting Mucha. Woodblock print. By Katrina Raetzer

Katrina Raetzer, KiNaART
Oil, Acrylic, Mosaic, Graphite, Charcoal, Plaster, Fiber Arts
3555 McKinley Avenue East, Saturday and Sunday
Activity: Paint your own pocket-sized rock.




Coyotes. Paper clay. By Lavonne Hoivik

Dancers. Bronze and walnut. By George Hoivik

Lavonne & George Hoivik
Sculpture in Bronze, Clay, Wood, Miscellaneous Materials
North Union Ave Studio (3402 N. Union Avenue), Saturday Only
Activity: Paint your own jewelry bead; watch a demonstration about how bronze is made, how to make clay figures, and much more.

Untitled. Cedar. By Nancy Burgess

yəhaw̓ Indigenous Artists Collective,
Jewelry, Carving, Poetry, Beadwork, Textiles, and More
Alma Mater (1322 Fawcett Avenue) Saturday and Sunday
Activity: Watch Asia Tail (Cherokee) demonstrate wrapped stitch beadwork, accompanied by other Indigenous artists demonstrating throughout the weekend.



Scarlet Minx. Acrylic on cavnas. By Lisa Daniel

Lisa Daniel, Pour It On LLC
Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media
917 Pacific Ave, #13, Saturday and Sunday
Activity: Watch a video demonstrating the pouring process or make a small watercolor painting.




One Sees. Mixed medium wood burning. By Elizabeth Reeves

Elizabeth Reeves, Cryptic Novelties
Mixed Media, Woodwork, Digital Art, Ink
Real Art Tacoma (5412 South Tacoma Way), Sunday Only
Activity: Watch a demonstration of mixed media art involving wood burning and paint inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are.”




Check out for the full artist roster, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plan your own custom tour course.

Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour.


One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Applications for 2019 Arts Projects Funding Now Available

17 Sep

Ballet Folklorico troupe at Roosevelt Elementary. Photo courtesy of Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2019? If so, you should take a look at our Arts Projects funding program. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts.

Applications are due by Monday, November 5, 11:59 pm.

Lion dance and drumming during Trung Thu. Photo courtesy of Chùa Phước Huệ Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation and Cultural Center.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of community festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances and workshops; film festivals; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions; and federally-recognized tribes or Native non-profits. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Louder Than A Bomb poetry panel discussion with writers, community members and organizers Photo courtesy of Write253.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held Oct. 4, 2018, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, 2nd floor, room 248.


Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions.

Kaleidoscope: Celebrate Art and Community

14 Sep

Start off your October with an evening of creative fun at the historic Normanna Hall in Hilltop neighborhood!

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks, Kaleidoscope is the official kick off party for Tacoma Arts Month. This free and family-friendly event is full of dance, art, activities, music, and much more!

Kaleidoscope Opening Party
October 3rd, 2018
6 PM – 9 PM
Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th Street

The festivities begin with the AMOCAT Arts Award ceremony at 6pm sharp. Snack on some delicious appetizers and enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar provided by Jonz Catering, or enjoy an evening coffee provided by Anthem Coffee.

We’ll keep the party going until 9pm with performances and hands-on activities from artists and organizations such as: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, The BareFoot Collective, The Grand Cinema, Jordani Sarreal, Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, DJ SmokeywonderTacoma Art MuseumTacoma Refugee ChoirTacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and TeenTix. Pop-up art exhibits will be installed by several Tacoma artists, including Jasmine Brown, Maria Jost, Nori Kimura, Spaceworks Tacoma Links to Opportunity Project, and prints provided by Wayzgoose.

AMOCAT Arts Awards

The 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at 6pm by Mayor Victoria Woodards, and City Council Members Lillian Hunter and Keith Blocker.
The award recipients are:
Jackie Casella – Community Outreach by an Individual
Tacoma Little Theatre – Community Outreach by an Organization
MultiCare Health System – Arts Patron

Check out for the event details and the full art events calendar for October 2018.

Kaleidoscope Sponsors

We could not provide this wonderful and free event without the support of our sponsors:

NW Stage, LLC
Norden Lodge #2 – Sons of Norway
The Grand Cinema
Anthem Coffee Company

Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Tacoma Arts Month 2018 is Almost Here!

11 Sep

October 2018 marks the 17th 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 throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Events Calendar
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at New programs are added to the calendar each week!

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.

#TacomaArtsMonth Reverse Scavenger Hunt 
From September through October, we’ll be posting questions and photos about upcoming Tacoma Arts Month events on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Participants who post the correct answer to the questions within 24 hours of the posting will be entered to win prizes from a local arts organizations!

#TacomaArtsMonth Photo Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the #TacomaArtsMonth Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArtsMonth will be entered to win a grand prize. Make sure your post is public. More information about the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge is available at

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 3
    6 – 9 pm
    Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2018 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by the Sons of Norway – Norden Lodge #2, and sponsored by Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema, HOLDstudios, and Anthem Coffee.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 13 & 14
    11 am – 5 pm
    47 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of over 80 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

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 eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive 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 made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADEKNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

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