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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.

READY TO APPLY? 

Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions.

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Fort Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past

30 Jul

Fort Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past event is fun for any age. Our family has attended Crafts of the Past before and each time there is something new and fun to see. The children and adults all could participate in the crafts and events. Each of the many stations were well staffed, with individuals that were highly skilled in the various crafts they were demonstrating. Each of the craftspeople were helpful and willing to assist each participant in their learning of the new craft.

While at Fort Nisqually, we could practice playing the tin whistle, work through various puzzles created by the local blacksmith, watch a master calligrapher and try our own hand at calligraphy, practice scrimshaw on piano keys, help prepare the day’s supper, cut some wood, check out the root cellar, sew a pretty flower, and make a banjo from a gourd.

Each of the hands-on events was interesting, engaging, and showcased a skill or trade that could be learned and practiced. At every station, each person in our party was asked to participate, encouraged to ask questions, or helped with the task given. Audience engagement was encouraged and the children with us (ages 6 and 9) loved every minute and wanted to stay longer.

As a family, we have attended previous Crafts of the Past events and the Brigade Encampment. We are planning on attending the Candlelight Tour (October 5 & 6) and the Christmas Regale (December 1.) These are just a few of the many events that the Fort has each year. All events can be found on their website: https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-events/.

 

COMING UP NEXT
What: Crafts of the Past
About:  Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. 
Where: Fort Nisqually, 5400 N. Pearl Street (located in Point Defiance Park)
When: Saturday, August 4 @ 11 am – 5 pm – featuring blacksmithing, leather work and gun engraving
Saturday, September 1 @ 11 am – 5 pm – featuring photography, basketry, wood turning and blacksmithing
Tickets:  Free with general admission ($8 adult, $7 military/senior, $5 youth, Free ages 3 and under, $22 family)

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Fort Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past program with Arts Projects funding.

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Tac Art Comm Retreat This review was written by Heather Conklin. Heather is an art teacher at Lincoln High School. She has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since January 2015, currently serving as Vice Chair.

Summer SOULstice

6 Jun

The public is invited to join Kellie Richardson, Tacoma’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate, for Summer SOULstice, an event at the intersection of creativity, community and commerce.

“June 21st marks summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities. The work featured will carry themes of awakening and healing, personal connection to Earth and spirit, as well as the thread of human experience that connects us all. The weight of historical oppression, generational trauma has never diminished the indelible joy, creativity, innovation and pride of those on the margins. SOULstice underscores this victory.” – Kellie Richardson

What: Summer SOULstice
Where: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free! RSVP requested at bit.ly/SOULsticeRSVP

Featured performers will include:

  • Thy Nguyễn – poet, artivist and former Tacoma Poet Laureate
  • Olivia Thomas – vocalist and visual artist
  • Hybrid – local funk and soul band featuring celebrated bassist Annie Jones-Barnes

Painter and muralist Tiffanny Hammonds will create a live painting during the performances. In addition, an exhibit space and artist market will feature work from local artists and entrepreneurs. Work will include every medium and price range. Artists currently scheduled to exhibit work are: Nori Kimura, Collin Veenstra, Darishma Alphonse, Nina Vichayapai, Andre Pace, Andrew Lui Robinson, Christina Butcher/Blue Cactus Press, Amanda Drewniak, Kemba Opio, Sojourner Duxbury, Amelia Foster, Apple Cox, MiYoung Margolis, Chardanae, Elizabeth Archer Klein, and Kellie Richardson.

Tacoma Art Museum’s teen council, F.O.A.M., will also host an all-ages printmaking workshop during the event. For more information and free tickets, visit bit.ly/SOULsticeRSVP.

Summer SOULstice is produced in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum, the Tacoma Arts Commission and the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Let’s Talk, Tacoma! Part 2

23 May

Photo by Jason Farris, Frankly Cinematics, LLC.

The Tacoma Arts Commission and the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County invite the public to gather for the second Creative Community Conversations event on Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way in Tacoma. This free public event will include facilitated break-out sessions and discussions focused on “Tacoma Creates” – an initiative to expand arts, heritage, science and cultural experiences throughout Tacoma, reduce barriers to access, and increase offerings for youth after school and in the summer. The event will also include an overview from the Jan. 24 Creative Community Conversations event.

“Tacoma Creates’ has the potential to be a transformative, powerful tool for community enrichment and equity throughout Tacoma, but we need to hear from you about the role you or your organization could play in this process. What do you need to make Tacoma a more dynamic place to live and thrive? Help us build on the momentum from our first meeting by contributing your collective vision and energy to this event.”
– Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney

Community input and insights from this event will help inform the development of the “Tacoma Creates” initiative. This event is part of a continued effort to nurture an authentic and vibrant arts community reflective of the voices and talents throughout Tacoma.

What: Creative Community Conversations: Tacoma Creates
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way
Cost: Free and open to the public

This event is hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Supervised children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Music shines in Tacoma with ORS and TYSA

21 May

 

ORCHESTRAL RECITAL SERIES
The Orchestral Recital Series, held May 19 to May 24, 2018 at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall, is well worth attending to enjoy serious young musicians play repertoire that is pleasing to listen to as well as lush, full-toned with a great orchestra to accompany many young, talented musicians.  Saturday night’s concert, with Even Lambert as Conductor, was impressive with a great rendition of Liszt’s Concerto in E Flat Major, No. 1 by Nathan Zhao.  Many stand-out performances ensued, with Abigail Park playing a wonderful Greig Concerto as a finale.  If you like classical piano music and an interesting variety of music, plan to attend this series this week! The concert is free, but a donation is kindly requested.

Coming Up

What: Orchestral Recital Series – piano students of all ages perform live with an orchestra
Where: University of Puget Sound, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner Street in Tacoma
When: Continues May 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cost: Donations accepted at the door
More information: www.orstacoma.org

 

Tacoma Youth Symphony performs their season finale at the Rialto Theater.

TACOMA YOUTH SYMPHONY
Tacoma Youth Symphony once again showed their stars and stripes in their latest amazing performance at the Rialto Theater for their finale concert on Sunday, May 20, which featured Spanish composers, along with the famous and rousing march, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.  Dr. Paul-Elliot Cobbs conducted with great love and elicited a response from the orchestra that is performance at its best.  The orchestra has many talented young musicians that obviously love what they do, but it is their ability to play as one instrument that distinguishes them.  My favorite piece was the three-movement, The Three Cornered Hat, by Manuel de Falla, but Concerto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo was an obvious crowd-pleaser.  The guest guitarist, Michael Partington, was captivating and lyrical.  The excellence of the music and the performance left a smile on my face and a skip in my walk as I left the acoustically lovely Rialto Theater. Everything about this performance shined bright.

 

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma through Arts Projects funding and Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund.

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This review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission member Liesl Santkuyl. She works for the College Success Foundation and serves on the board of Latinx Unidos of the South Sound. Liesl has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2017.

Call for Tacoma Artists: Studio Tour 2018

14 May

UPDATED 6/25/18: The application deadline has been extended to Monday, July 2, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Application deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018, 11:59 pm NOW 7/2/2018 by 11:59pm

Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma and/or has a working studio in Tacoma? Help us advance the visibility of the arts in Tacoma by applying to participate in our 17th annual Tacoma Studio Tour! The Tacoma Studio Tour is an exciting way to open your studio to the public, give demonstrations of how you make your work, or host a hands-on activity for the community.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for the Tacoma Studio Tour, one of the features of Tacoma Arts Month this October. The emphasis of this tour is to raise visibility of the arts and provide artistic opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. We encourage artists to have work for sale. Studios will be open on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 11 am to 5 pm. Artists can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email newsletters, blog posts, and an interactive website and map. We will also produce a printed brochure for the Tacoma Studio Tour. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors. Artists are encouraged to use the Tacoma Arts publicity materials to invite personal guests and patrons to attend this event.

This year, we will be continuing the Studio Tour Passport program as an incentive for people to visit new and/or multiple studios that they’ve never been to before. Each studio space will receive a unique stamp to indicate guests’ attendance. Studio Tour artists are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.

Deadline for applications is Monday, June 25, 2018, 11:59 pm. Applicants will be juried in a competitive process by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the overall diversity of the work presented, as well as geographic diversity of the studios.

Eligibility:

  • You must live within the City of Tacoma limits and/or your working studio must be located within the City of Tacoma limits
  • You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on activity for attendees
  • You must actively promote the Studio Tour to your own contacts

If you would like to be a guest at another studio, the above guidelines still apply. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis.

People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Eligible artists interested in this opportunity must fill out the online application form and attach the following items via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit

  1. Five Work Samples: Submit 5 high quality JPEG files of your past work. If selected for the tour, we will use the images in materials produced for Tacoma Arts Month. Images must be at least 300 ppi resolution. Images smaller than 600 pixels per side are not recommended
  2. Artist Resume or Bio (if you have not participated in the Studio Tour in the past 2 years)

Please note: each artist in a group studio needs to submit their own application, work samples, and artist bio.

Questions? Contact Rachel Betron at 253.591.5191 or rbetron@cityoftacoma.org

Spaceworks Tacoma Seeks New Director — Spaceworks Tacoma

9 May

We are looking for our next director Over the past eight years, Spaceworks Tacoma has developed into a pillar of the Tacoma arts and maker communities, while invigorating the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are seeking the next Spaceworks Program Director to grow the program and the entrepreneurial community. The ideal candidate must be passionate about the role…

via Spaceworks Tacoma Seeks New Director — Spaceworks Tacoma

Take New Survey for TRANSFORM: Theater District Public Projects — Spaceworks Tacoma

7 May

What would you change in Tacoma’s Theater District? What will improve your experience? The new survey released on tacomatheaterdistrict.com includes proposals for Public Realm Projects in different areas within the TRANSFORM project footprint. The project partners, invite all comments and ask you to share the survey widely to gather as much community feedback as possible.…

via Take New Survey for TRANSFORM: Theater District Public Projects — Spaceworks Tacoma

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