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Support Classical Tuesdays in Old Town and Enjoy a Festive Evening

30 Nov

Cyndia SJoin Classical Tuesdays in Old Town for their annual Wine & Song Benefit on December 8 at the John Connelly Law Offices in Old Town! The guest artist is renowned soprano Cyndia Sieden. She will be accompanied by pianist Jennifer Bowman. Featured music this year are songs of Tacoma’s own Gregory Youtz,  as well as songs by John Musto, Saint-Saens, and Richard Strauss!

After an intimate recital, attendees will enjoy lovely wines poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room. Metropolitan Market has graciously offered finger foods for the occasion.

Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 323This evening is a community gathering to celebrate and support the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free music events. All are welcome!

What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit
Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N 30th Street
When: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7 pm
$25 tickets available for purchase at
 Bayview Optical, 2217 N 30th Street, Suite 106, Old Town. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door at the event.
More information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event

Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 Connelly LawThe Law Offices are always festively decorated for the holidays by Angela Connelly. The reception table is beautifully set and the foods invitingly arrayed by Old Town neighbor Christine Reynolds.

Thank you to the generous donors for this evening:
Connelly Law Offices
Gingko Forest Winery Tasting Room
Dr. Nicole Ancich, Old Town dentist
Metropolitan Market
Tacoma Arts Commission

Application Assistance, Workshops and Office Hours

14 Nov

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:

Creative Entrepreneure sbringing their small business dreams to life in Tacoma! Application for Spaceworks Creative Enterprise prgoram are now availaable. Deadline to apply: December 7, 2015. Click here to learn more. Creative Entrepreneurs bringing their small business dreams to life in Tacoma! Applications for Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise program are now available. Deadline to apply: December 7, 2015. Click here to learn more.

Would you like assistance with your Creative Enterprise application? Or would you just like to learn more about Spaceworks Tacoma?

Spaceworks will offer information sessions and “office hours” for potential applicants prior to the deadline to present ways to build a strong application and provide feedback to applicant’s proposals.

Information Sessions:
Info sessions will include a Creative Enterprise Program overview, review of application guidelines, tips to create a strong application, Q&A, and an opportunity to get to know the Spaceworks staff.
• Monday, Nov. 16, 6-8pm
• Monday, Nov. 23, 6-8pm
Location: 1120 Creative House, 1120 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402
No RSVP necessary, just show up at 5:45-6pm.

Office Hours: 
Schedule a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with Spaceworks staff to…

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Spaceworks Announces: Creative Enterprise Applications Open

9 Nov

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:


DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5pm on Monday, December 7, 2015
For guidelines and online application click here 

Spaceworks invites creatives* who have a plan for a creative/innovative business that benefits Tacoma’s community and are seeking to develop a thriving business to apply to participate in its 2016 Creative Enterprise Program.

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to the participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community. Affordable space is also provided, dependent on availability, to serve as a training ground to test new ideas, products and services with a safety net of technical assistance and mentorship.

Selected participants will start Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Training in January 2016 and pitch a full business plan for review in May 2016. Spaceworks staff will help to launch these businesses to the streets of Tacoma throughout 2016.

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Flamenco Tuesday

3 Nov Griego

GriegoJoin Classical Tuesdays in Old Town for an Evening of Flamenco music and dance! Bring along your family and friends; all ages are welcome.

On November 10, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town will feature the great Flamenco artist  Vicente Griego.  Griego, with “his deep, sonorous wails that seem to come from…deep within his soul”, is from New Mexico and has devoted his life to the study of cante Flamenco, the art of Flamenco singing. Joining Griego is New Orleans-born guitarist Gerardo Alcalá, one of the few foreigners to be respected as a full-fledged Flamenco artist by the gypsy Flamencos of Andalusia. Marisela MariselaFlamenco3Fleites Lear, popular dancer and teacher of Flamenco in the Tacoma area, will translate this intense, passionate music in some traditional Flamenco dances with her proud carriage and expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.

Flamenco, traditional to the southern Andalusia region of Spain, includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and jaleo (vocalizations and rhythmic clapping and finger snapping).

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Location: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event

True Grit

28 Oct True Grit FLYER

True Grit FLYERPresented by Tacoma Poet Laureate, Cathy Nguyen, and Associated Ministries intake specialist, Raphael Hartman, you are invited to True Grit, a dynamic evening of art and conversation.

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue
Cost: Free, donations accepted

True Grit is an art benefit show that will capture the stories of six youth from the greater Puget Sound area and exhibit honest photography of local, makeshift spaces of refuge for youth on the streets. Through documentary and poetry, True Grit will explore the stories of Tacoma and Seattle youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness and will host a diverse panel of youth, advocates, and service providers to dialogue around the ways in which Pierce County can support youth and young adults in housing, education, and self-actualization.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be collected at the event and will be given to a local organization, to be revealed on the evening of the show and which will be selected by our youth interviewees. Don’t miss out on a powerful experience where advocates and community members can envision a world where all youth have safe, supportive housing and opportunities to succeed.

True Grit is supported through sponsorship by and partnership with the Tacoma Arts Commission, the Washington State History Museum, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Application deadline for 2016 Arts Projects funding this Friday

26 Oct Tacoma City Ballet's production of Cinderella.


Toy Boat Theatre's production of Anon(ymous). Photo by Peter Serko.

Toy Boat Theatre’s production of Anon(ymous). Photo by Peter Serko.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2016? If so, you might want to 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 this Friday, October 30 no later than 5 pm!

Tacoma City Ballet's production of Cinderella.

Tacoma City Ballet’s production of Cinderella.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of neighborhood festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.

Monkeyshines community guerrilla art project.

Monkeyshines community guerrilla art project.

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; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. 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.

Wayzgoose Letterpress and Book Arts Festival at King's Bookstore. © Aaron Locke  All Rights Reserved

Wayzgoose Letterpress and Book Arts Festival at King’s Bookstore. © Aaron Locke All Rights Reserved

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.



Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application form.

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

14 Oct 01_FREHSE_Ensemble

Still looking for something to do this weekend? We’d like to suggest the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.

This year’s tour features 57 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
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Yoshiko Yamamoto’s love of block-printing began when she was a teenager in Tokyo. Combining the Japanese aesthetic with letterpress printing techniques, Yoshiko creates limited-edition linoleum blockprints and note cards that are a fusion of east and west.

Mauricio Robalino
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Mauricio Robalino has been working as an artist and art teacher since 1986. He wakes up curious every day about what he will discover and create. Mauricio loves to dream up and create art that is unique and original regardless of medium. Artists of all times and cultures have nurtured him and he looks forward to adding to this timeless mix so that people of today and tomorrow can enjoy life and have more fun.

Charles Knigge
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Chuck Knigge is a Northwest illustrator and game designer. He mainly works digitally, but has been known to dabble with paints. By day, he works as a UI Designer and Artist for Sucker Punch Productions, making games for the PlayStation 4. By night, he draws superheroes, monsters, portraits, and nostalgia pieces.

Alice Di Certo
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As a photographer, Alice Di Certo is particularly interested in people. She loves discovering people’s differences and similarities both of personalities and features. She also likes to explore social issues through photography. She continues to work on a project photographing and collecting the stories of children and young adults who have experienced bullying. Visit her studio to see these pieces as well as a recent series of photographs, shot with black and white film, of people and places in Genova, Italy.

Becky Frehse
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Becky Frehse is interested in finding a visual correlation between particular musical concepts and her imagined equivalent in painting. Her mixed media paintings are often constructed with actual musical instruments and developed with an underlying structure of musical staff lines in which color and patterns of shapes appear and disappear like themes and pitches transposed throughout a musical composition.

Lois Yoshida
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Lois is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi art, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She also explores Asian brush calligraphy as well as incorporating sumi (ink) with watercolor and handmade papers. The search for the juxtaposition of shapes and colors that appeal to her visually and emotionally continues to be a wonderful adventure.

Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!


New this year! Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page 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 including:

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.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

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

Wanted: Tacoma Arts Commission Volunteers

9 Oct


The Tacoma City Council invites individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and performing arts to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission. If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the following positions on the Tacoma Arts Commission:

  • Working Professional Artist
  • Cross District Association/Community Council
  • Professional Positions 3 and 4
  • At-Large Positions 1 and 3

The Commission consists of 15 volunteer members who are appointed by the Economic Development Committee and confirmed by the City Council to serve three-year terms. Members are Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the residents of Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the Municipal Art Program. The Commission’s functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.

Tacoma Arts Commission meetings are held from 5 – 7 p.m., on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens, 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one funding panel. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the Commission funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the Commission produces.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. To apply, please visit or contact Amanda Punsalan at (253) 591-5178 or, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.

For additional information on the Tacoma Arts Commission, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or





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