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RFP: Spaceworks Tacoma’s Brand Development, Communications and Community Engagement Project, Due 3/15/17

23 Feb

Spaceworks Tacoma


rfp_thumbnailResponse deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Response/questions submissions: Heather Joy at
RFP awarded on Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Spaceworks Tacoma requests proposals from various creative design firms to select the most qualified candidate who best represents the mission and vision of Spaceworks. The selected creative company will address three areas of focus: Communications & Community Engagement Strategy, Brand Development, and Website Update.

A Growing Opportunity:

  1. Be a part of defining the personality of a rapidly growing and thriving program with strong support from organizations like the City of Tacoma, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and South Sound Together.
  2. Potential to extend the partnership as an ongoing, long-term contributor to the Spaceworks communication program.
  3. Help Spaceworks grow Tacoma’s creative economy and reinforce Tacoma’s identity as a “maker city”

    Tacoma print maker Yoshiko Yamamoto improved her small business practices with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Tier III program. The Arts & Crafts Press produces whimsical notecards and fine art prints combining Japanese woodblock style with Western letterpress techniques. Yoshiko Yamamoto in the gift shop at…

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Animation Installation by Terese Cuff for Lunar New Year Celebration, 1/28-1/29

24 Jan


On January 28th, Tacoma-based artist Terese Cuff will debut her digital media piece inspired by the businesses and rhythms of the Lincoln District. She uses video and animation to document small movements that collectively paint a portrait of the area. This artwork will be projected in a window near the intersection of 38th Street and S. Park Avenue, free to view from 4pm on Saturday till 9pm on Sunday. The animation installation corresponds with Lincoln’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, January 29th.

Terese Cuff is a local painter and animator, who lives and works in Lincoln. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and recently participated in the Media Arts Program at the Evergreen State College with a focus on animation, documentaries, and experimental approaches to the moving image. She is the owner of Blue Melon Productions, an animation boutique specializing in animations for dynamic social media content. Learn more about Terese Cuff’s work at

When: January 28th, 4pm to January 29th, 9pm

Where: Intersection of 38th Street and South Park Avenue in the Lincoln District

Cost: Free

This project is funded by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality through a Lincoln Revitalization Creative Community Engagement Grant. These grants will support creative projects in the Lincoln District set to occur between November 2016 and December 2017. In 2014, Tacoma’s City Council set a strategic objective to focus on development of the Lincoln Business District and Neighborhood.  As a result of this, multiple City departments are collaborating on the Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which is a focused effort to strengthen and improve Lincoln by investing in 4 key areas: public safety; economic development, urban design, and community vitality; housing and property conditions; and code compliance and neighborhood beautification.


Seeking Glass Artist for New Aquarium Project

23 Jan


Metro Parks/Tacoma Public Art Program – Call to Glass Artists


Application Deadline: March 6, 2017, 11:59 PM

Budget: $30,000 all-inclusive

Eligibility: 18 years or older, must live in Washington



Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique, suspended glass artwork that is inspired by jellyfish. The artwork will be permanently displayed in the Social Action Gallery of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), scheduled to open in summer 2018.


How to Apply

Visit for all the details and apply at



Contact Rebecca Solverson at or (253) 591-5564.

We’re on the search for the next Tacoma Poet Laureate

10 Jan 2015-2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen performs at B Sharp.
2015-2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen performs at B Sharp.

2015-2017 Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen performs at B Sharp.

Call to Artists for 2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate

Application Deadline: February 27, 2017, 11:59 PM

Stipend: $4,000


  • Must live in Pierce County and be actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community
  • Practicing artist, dedicated to producing poetry (in any form, genre, or style) on a regular basis
  • 18 years or older
  • Not a previous Tacoma Poet Laureate title holder
  • Not a current Tacoma Arts Commission member, City Council member, City of Tacoma staff member, or Tacoma Poet Laureate selection panel member


The Tacoma Arts Commission announces the seventh annual Tacoma Poet Laureate competition, the winner of which will be named Tacoma Poet Laureate for 2017-2019.

The Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for a period of two years, from May 2017 to April 2019, and receive a stipend of $4,000. The individual will actively contribute to and advance Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects; participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October; and help produce the 2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony to announce the next Poet Laureate.

In keeping with the City of Tacoma’s Equity and Empowerment Initiative, the Tacoma Poet Laureate should actively strive to engage the breadth of Tacoma’s citizenry, expanding access to the literary arts to underserved/underrepresented audiences including people of different races/ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation and identity, ability, and income.

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

Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen will curate and host a poetry event at which the winner of this year’s Poet Laureate competition will be awarded. The event is will be held on Saturday, April 29, 6 PM. The event location will be announced.


The artist selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate must be willing and able to:

  • Offer a minimum of two free public workshops in Tacoma each year relating to poetry (four workshops total.)
  • Actively contribute to and advance Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications, special projects, etc. as negotiated with the City’s Arts Program staff.
  • Participate in Tacoma Arts Month programming each October.
  • Competently handle administrative duties including being the point of contact for all programming inquiries from the public, managing a schedule, arranging details for programs, and coordinating press releases with City’s Arts Program staff.
  • Help produce, with the assistance of the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program, an event in Tacoma in April 2019 to announce the winner of the 2019-2021 Tacoma Poet Laureate program.

How to Apply

Visit for all the details and apply at


Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at or (253) 591-5191.

Now on view! Seventh episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’ TV show

6 Jan Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform
30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of artTown, a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

In this episode:

  • Learn about the critically acclaimed exhibition 30 Americans, which made its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Museum and showcases an influential group of prominent African American artists who have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the United States and beyond
  • Explore how Symphony Tacoma brought Tan Dun’s groundbreaking and challenging Water Passion to life
  • Visit the shared studio of printmaker Dorothy McCuistion and ceramicist John McCuistion and learn how they work together
  • Catch Kate Monthy and Joel Myers as they discuss their dance careers and the dance scene in Tacoma
  • Take a look at the inspiration behind the curious paintings and illustrations of Michaela Eaves
  • Find inspiration and joy in the playful mobiles and found object sculptures of the late Randy Jones

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, artTown stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at

Watch segments or the full episode anytime on the City of Tacoma’s YouTube Channel

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at

Call to Pierce County Visual Artists

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HUE Collaborative artists Devaunte Shelton, Whitney Brady, Byron Ellison, Denis Maina. Photo by Christopher Paul Jordan.

Portable Artworks Purchase for People’s Community Center

Application Deadline: February 13, 2017, 11:59 PM

Budget: $10,000 in total purchases, including any required framing . No single artwork can cost more than $1,500.

Eligibility: 18 years or older; must live in Pierce County, WA. Panel will prioritize artists of color with a tie to the Hilltop community

How to Apply: Read the Call to Artists for more information and apply at

Are you a Pierce County artist with existing portable artworks you’d like to sell? The City of Tacoma is accepting applications now through February 13 for existing portable pieces of artwork to be considered for purchase and installation at People’s Community Center. Artists of color are encouraged to apply. Portable artworks include two-dimensional pieces that fall within certain eligibility guidelines. Media can include, but is not limited to: painting, drawing, works on paper, photography, printmaking, digital, collage, mosaics, fiber, mixed-media, and wall-mountable low-relief sculpture.

“People’s Community Center has become such a focal point for the rapidly evolving, highly diverse Hilltop neighborhood. This is a special opportunity for artists of color from the local area to help build and sustain the already welcoming environment of this facility.” – District 3 Council Member Keith Blocker

Funding for this portable works purchase opportunity comes from Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Program which dedicates 1 percent of construction costs from public capital projects to the creation of public art. Artworks purchased through this opportunity will become part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at or (253) 591-5191.

19 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

27 Dec Arts Projects funding helps support Write253's Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.
Arts Projects funding supports the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

Arts Projects funding supports the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2017 public outreach projects in the fields of theater, visual, dance, music, literary, film, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,000 to $4,500.

“We were blown away by the diverse group of community and arts organizations, several of whom were first-time applicants,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “This is a strong indicator that the arts are thriving in Tacoma. We’re pleased and honored to be able to support these projects for artists and communities throughout the city.”

Arts Projects funding helps support Write253's Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.

Arts Projects funding helps support Write253’s Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, three dance workshop series, one film festival, one theater production, three music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, poetry readings, and visual art exhibits.

Arts Projects funding supports Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. A student from Charles Wright inks a linoleum plate for Steamroller Printing.  Photo by Scott Haydon.

Arts Projects funding supports Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. A student from Charles Wright inks a linoleum plate for Steamroller Printing. Photo by Scott Haydon.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Old Town Business & Professional Association, Destiny City Film Festival, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Morgan Family YMCA, Northwest Repertory Singers, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Salishan Association, Tacoma Concert Band, Toy Boat Theatre, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

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

Funding for Tacoma Artists – Apply Now!

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2015-16 TAIP funding recipient Whitney Henry-Lester produced the Destiny and Grit podcast series. Letterpress promo piece printed by Springtide Press.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork in any discipline and present that work through a free public component. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on January 23, 2017.


“Tacoma’s arts and culture contribute significantly to why we choose to live here, and TAIP is a key investment in our creative community. TAIP supports innovative, talented artists by helping them fulfill specific goals, contributing to their artistic growth while engaging communities with free performances, exhibitions, and workshops.” – Mike Sweney, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair


2015-16 TAIP funding recipient Christopher Paul Jordan is curating and exhibiting work in an inter-media art exhibit, COLORED, of 20 Black artists and poets.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2013 and 2016 are not eligible to apply.

Please see the TAIP guidelines and application instructions for full details.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on December 15, 2016, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 728 St. Helens, Room 16.

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