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Are you a pluviophile?

9 Feb Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.
Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

What do misty mornings, cranberry bogs, and waterfalls have in common? They are all featured in Jennifer Chushcoff’s new book, WA is Water. Her exploration of water in our state is a visual, scientific, and spiritual journey through native ecosystems large and small. WA is Water encourages audience participation, by sending in submissions to the Rain Glossary, images to the WA is Water Facebook page, and highlighting poems on the topic.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Chushcoff’s triplicate approach to the subject is intriguing and informational. The macro photography lends an intimate feeling which is supported by the poems, while the scientific facts lend an academic credibility to the project. I enjoy the juxtaposition of research and whimsy present in this project and in its creator.

Name the Rain
Do you have a word for a specific kind of rain? If so, post it on the WA is WATER Facebook page. It may end up in the Name the Rain Glossary! You will receive an attribution if your word and definition are selected for the book.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Jennifer Chushcoff’s work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Tacoma Arts Commission member Traci Kelly. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Traci Kelly moved to Tacoma in 2004 and joined the Tacoma Arts Commission shortly after. Her degree is in sculpture, but she appreciates the range of arts the City of Destiny has to offer.

Community Groups Wanted for Tacoma Murals Project

2 Feb Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

 

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement painted outdoor murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 14, 2016.

“The strength of the Tacoma Murals Project is its ability to reflect the diverse voices of our community while creating beautiful artworks that can be catalysts for change,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “These murals help create a sense of place and identity, and provide a welcoming entry into our many unique neighborhoods.”

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2016.

Twenty-seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. Photos of these murals are available on the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. Additional information is available from Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


 

If you are a mural artist and would like to lead or assist in painting a mural please check out the companion 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster Call to Artists. Applications from artists are due by March 7, 2016.

 

Mural Artist Roster – Call to Artists

29 Jan Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.
Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting applications from experienced artists or artist teams, working in any artistic style, to lead or assist with the design and implementation of outdoor painted murals in Tacoma in 2016 – 2018. Artists selected through this call to artists will be added to the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster and may be selected for one of several projects, including murals with the Tacoma Murals Project and other mural opportunities.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

Community groups approved for a mural in their neighborhood through the Tacoma Murals Project will select an artist for their site from the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster, with a limit of one mural per artist. Approximately five mural sites will be selected in 2016. Murals at these sites will be painted in spring and summer 2016.

From time to time, the City of Tacoma may have additional opportunities to design and implement outdoor painted murals. The location, scale, timeline and needs for these opportunities will vary by project. When an opportunity arises, the City will consult the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster to select a lead artist appropriate for the project.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Artists selected from the roster will work with the community to design and implement high quality, temporary, outdoor painted murals to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma. Mural designs will be based on the lead artists’ aesthetics and on input from the communities regarding themes or messages. Assistant artists will be paired with a lead artist, as needed. The City will provide mentorship to artists selected from the roster who do not already have extensive outdoor public mural experience.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Lead artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $30 per hour for mural meetings, design and implementation. Assistant artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $15 per hour for mural meetings and implementation.

Applicants must be professional artists, 18 years or older, and reside in Pierce county. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 7, 2016.

Twenty seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. To see photos of these murals, visit the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


If you are part of a community group and have a specific outdoor wall in your neighborhood that you would like considered for a mural in 2016, please check out the companion Tacoma Murals Project Call to Community Groups.  Applications from community groups are due by March 14, 2016.

Classical Strings Solo, Duo, Trio

28 Jan Maria Sampen, violinist
Maria Sampen, violinist

Maria Sampen, violinist

For the closing event of its 11th season, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is excited to have the fabulous violinists Maria Sampen and Tim Christie returning to Slavonian Hall. Maria and Tim will perform a wide array of solo and duet numbers for violin or violin and viola by 19th century composers M. Haydn and Mozart; 20th century Italian composer Luciano Berio; and 20th century Russian violinist and composer, now living in Germany, Aleksey Igudesman.

Tim Christie , violinist

Tim Christie , violinist

This will also be an opportunity to hear and meet cellist Alistair MacRae, who has recently

joined the music faculty at University of Puget Sound. Alistair will join Maria and Tim in a performance of Beethoven’s Trio in G Major.

We are fortunate to experience this level of music-making in our community. Let’s fill Slavonian Hall for these great musicians! All ages are welcome.

Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7 pm
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event
Accessibility: There is some accessible parking and a ramp to the hall from the alley.

Alistair MacRae, cellist

Alistair MacRae, cellist

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is supported by:
Slavonian American Benevolent Society
Tacoma Arts Commission
John Connelly Law Offices
Dr. Nicole Ancich, DMD
Ted Brown Music Co.
Kathy Manke, The Spar
Gingko Forest Winery Tasting Room
SAI

 

Making space for creativity

26 Jan creative space

creative spaceJoin us on February 1 for the City of Tacoma’s next Monday Mixer networking event which will be about adaptive re-use and creative space! You’ll learn about actual live/work and creative space projects that are currently being built in Tacoma. You’ll also learn about a new City ordinance supporting work/live development. Developers and artists will discuss how work/live developments will support a growing creative sector while providing ground floor vitality in Tacoma’s business areas.

At this event, there will be representatives from the Station Artists’ Lofts, Valhalla Hall, the Kellogg Sicker and Pochert buildings, and several other affordable and mixed-use projects that will be ready for leasing soon. There will also be representatives from new artists’ community spaces and incubators like the Carpenters Building, FEAST Arts Center and Spaceworks. Key staff from the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department will also be in attendance, along with various community leaders.

What: Adaptive Re-use and Creative Space Monday Mixer
Where: 1120 Creative House, 1120 Pacific Avenue, 2nd floor
When:
 February 1, 2016 @ 5 – 6:30 pm
Cost: Free!

Light refreshments will be provided. Your RSVP is requested to Chrisy Vindivich at cvindivich@cityoftacoma.org.

Apply to Artscapes

22 Jan

Spaceworks Tacoma

Seeking-apps-banner.jpg From left: mural by Angela Larsen, Tollbooth video installation by China Faith Star, and storefront window installation by Becky Frehse.

Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking artists and artist teams from the Pacific Northwest who:
• Can develop a site responsive, temporary, public art display.
• Can successfully and fully activate a public space that is visible 24/7.
• Is an experienced artist seeking a unique location to exhibit artwork.
• Can create an enticing destination-quality visual display for passersby.

ARTSCAPES DESCRIPTION
Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned 125 art installations! Click here to view them all.

ELIGIBILITY
• Any individual artist or…

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Accordion Tuesday

12 Jan Bonnie Birch
Bonnie Birch

Bonnie Birch

TONIGHT!!! On January 12, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town rings in the New Year by celebrating the accordion- in a few of its many guises.

Toby Hanson

Toby Hanson

Four Northwest accordionists will play for in Slavonian Hall, featuring several distinct styles of music the accordion excels at – in the right hands. Bonnie Birch, Toby Hanson, Murl Allen Sanders and Lyle Schaefer will perform jazz, classical and old-time/old-country.

Join us! All ages are welcome.
Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 7 pm
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event
Accessibility: There is some accessible parking and a ramp to the hall from the alley.

 

Murl Allen Sanders

Murl Allen Sanders

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Classical Tuesdays in Old Town through Arts Projects funding.

 

 

20 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

29 Dec Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.
Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2016 Arts Projects funding to 20 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, visual, film, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $5,000.

Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

“These organizations represent a cross section of the incredibly dynamic, thriving arts community in Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “We are thrilled to be able to support projects that will benefit talented artists and diverse audiences throughout the city.”

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, contemporary dance performances, two theater productions, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, poetry readings, visual art exhibits and lectures, and an international film festival.

Revealing a steamroller print, created by Charles Wright Academy, at Wayzgoose. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Revealing a steamroller print, created by Charles Wright Academy, at Wayzgoose. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Assemblage Theater, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Feast Arts Center, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister Cities Council of Tacoma/Pierce County, Sixth Avenue Business District, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Little Theatre, Washington State Historical Society, and Write@253.

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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