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2015 by the numbers

18 Apr

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support our community through arts funding, public art, community programming, technical assistance, stewardship, and advocacy.

The City’s investments in arts and culture have far-reaching impacts on our community; here’s an overview of what was accomplished in 2015:

Full Funding Block

Public Art Block

Programs and Activities Block

Leveraged Grants Block

Arts Commission Block

You can read more about the 2015 accomplishments of the Tacoma Arts Commission here.

Find out more about how the Tacoma Arts Commission serves our community at cityoftacoma.org/arts.

$5 tix to arts events? Yes, please!

1 Apr

TeenTixThe Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County and the City of Tacoma are working with TeenTix in hopes of bringing TeenTix to The 253 ($5 day-of tix to arts and culture events for teens 13 – 19)! The most important part of this feasibility study is hearing from Pierce County teens about how the arts fit into their lives now, and if/how that could change if TeenTix was introduced here in Pierce County.

Please pass the word of this survey on to any Pierce County teens you know and encourage them to fill it out!

All survey participants are entered into a drawing for hyperlocal, arts-related prizes/experiences including:

  • Vouchers for two Glass Fusing Workshops at the Museum of Glass
  • Tickets to the Tacoma Concert Band
  • Passes to the Tacoma Art Museum
  • Vouchers for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
  • Gift certificates to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

NOTE: This survey is ONLY for teens (13 – 19) who live in Tacoma/Pierce County. The link for the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teentixpiercecounty

 

About TeenTix:

TeenTix was founded in 2004 by Seattle Center and in partnership with ten of the resident arts organizations on the Seattle Center campus. In 2006, TeenTix began adding partners outside of Seattle Center. Currently, 60 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region participate in the TeenTix program, including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, EMP Museum, 5th Avenue Theatre, and ACT Theatre. To date, TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 70,000 arts tickets to teens.

Any teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free Teen Tix pass. The pass entitles them to purchase $5.00 day-of-show tickets at any TeenTix partner organizations. But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. They also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, such as arts leadership training in The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society, and arts criticism training through the TeenTix Press Corps. Over 80 teen contributors make the TeenTix blog Seattle’s best source of youth-centric arts coverage.

Reminder: Deadline to Apply to Artscapes March 21st

15 Mar

Spaceworks Tacoma

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This is just a friendly reminder that the DEADLINE to apply for Artscapes is March 21st, 2016, by 5pm.

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 artist team in…

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An opportunity now for Crafts of the Past

11 Feb Families get hands-on at Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually Foundation.
Families get hands-on at Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually Foundation.

A family get hands-on learning how to make a cyanotype photo at Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is seeking traditional artists and crafts people to share their knowledge and skills with the public in the museum’s Crafts of the Past program.

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Sashes made by Darryl Hall using the finger-weaving technique. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually.

Crafts of the Past supports a different artist-in-residence demonstrating mid-19th century crafts every weekend May – September. Past featured arts and crafts have included silver inlay, powder horns, Native American beadwork, Native American basket weaving, scrimshaw, blacksmithing, spinning and dyeing, weaving, hand sewing, musical instruments, historical illustration, calligraphy, and puppetry.

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Native American basketry hat by Judy Bridges. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually.

Artists-in-residence set up a display of their work and are available to talk with visitors from 11 am – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday for one weekend. Artists demonstrate their craft and are encouraged, if appropriate, to provide a hands-on learning opportunity for the public.

An honorarium of $200 per day is paid to the artist-in-residence. There is also a maximum $50 reimbursement for supplies for the public hands-on activity. In addition, artists-in-residence are invited to sell artwork on commission through the museum store, and to participate in the Artisan Market during the Arts of the Fur Trade event later in the year.

 

Punch and Judy Performance by Kelsey Sample. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually.

Applications are available online and are due February 26, 2016.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Crafts of the Past through our Arts Projects funding program.

 

Artist Trust ‘Pop Up Studio’ at Feast Art Center

11 Feb

Spaceworks Tacoma

667318-250 Event artwork by Rebecca Chernow, photographed by Ian Lewis.

Join Artist Trust and artist Darcy Anderson to envision the future of Tacoma’s art scene! This Pop-up Studio is an opportunity to share your vision of the future, make some art, and connect with other local artists and supporters.

Facilitated by Frances McCue and Lisa Fitzhugh from Creative Ground, and in creative collaboration with a local artist, this workshop is the third in a series of Pop-up Studios where we’ll engage through creative activities with artists and arts supporters to imagine a vibrant future in Washington State alive with happy, productive, supported artists.

Help influence the future of Artist Trust and the Washington State arts community! And enjoy free snacks! Space is extremely limited so please RSVP to this free event today.

RSVP here for this free, fun, community-focused event!
Artist Trust Pop-up Studio – Tacoma
February 18th, 5-7:30pm
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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.

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