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Calling Tacoma Artists for the 2017 Tacoma Studio Tour

17 May

Katie Dean gives a printmaking demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour

Tacoma Studio Tour
October 14 & 15, 2017, 11 am – 5 pm

 

Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma and/or has a working studio in Tacoma? Do you want to open your studio to the public, demonstrate how you make your work, host a hands-on activity, and help raise the visibility of the arts in Tacoma? Apply to participate in our 16th annual Tacoma Studio Tour!

Visitors to Liz Pulos’ studio try a weaving project.

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 on raising visibility of the arts and providing 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 14th and Sunday, October 15th 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.

Due to very positive feedback from both visitors and artists alike, we will be bringing back the Studio Tour Passport this year. The purpose of the Passport is to encourage people to attend multiple studios and studios they’ve never been to before by incentivizing attendance. Studio Tour artists are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.

Mark Hoppmann talks with visitors at his book arts and illustration studio.

A private entity, ART BUS, is working on plans to provide a bus tour of studio locations. Studio Tour artists will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a stop along the bus tour route for a fee. More information about this optional service will be provided to all Studio Tour artists later this summer.

Deadline for applications is Monday, June 26, 2017, 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 encouraged to apply.

Visitors to Jessica Spring’s studio make a keepsake on a vintage press.

To Apply:

Eligible artists interested in this opportunity must fill out the online application form and attach the following items via Submittable

  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 resume.

Questions? Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at 253.591.5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org

Two Art Opportunities for Valhalla Hall

16 Mar

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017, 11:59 PM

Opportunity 1 (Exterior Mural) Budget: $8,000, all-inclusive

Opportunity 2 (Decorative Gate) Budget: $12,000, all-inclusive

Eligibility: Must live within Tacoma city limits; 18 years or older. Panel will prioritize artists with ties to the Hilltop community

Opportunity

The Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the City of Tacoma, invites Tacoma artists and/or artist teams to submit qualifications for two opportunities at Valhalla Hall (1216 Martin Luther King Jr. Way):

  • An Exterior Mural – $8,000 Budget, All-Inclusive

This is an opportunity to create a mural on two walls of the exterior covered courtyard, which serves as the entryway into Valhalla Hall. The mural must be painted on an appropriate substrate material off-site for installation on the building walls in coordination with the construction contractor.

  • A Decorative Gate – $12,000 Budget, All-Inclusive

This is an opportunity to design and fabricate artwork to transform a utilitarian entry gate into a beautiful work of art. Artwork must be created from durable materials that can be secured to the existing steel gate. Artwork may be designed and fabricated by the artist or designed by the artist but fabricated by a vendor.

 How to Apply

Visit www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for all the details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

Artists can apply for one or both opportunities, and may apply individually or as part of an artist team.

Questions?

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

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.

Call to Artists for 2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate

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

Stipend: $4,000

Eligibility:

  • 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

Opportunity

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.

Duties

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 www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for all the details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

Questions?

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

Call to Pierce County Visual Artists

5 Jan
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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 https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

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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.

Questions?
Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

Funding for Tacoma Artists – Apply Now!

30 Nov
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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

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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.

Apply by Nov 7 for 2017 Arts Projects funding

1 Nov
Language of Clay family art workshop with SPUN at Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Language of Clay family art workshop with SPUN at Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2017? 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 by Monday, November 7, 11:59 pm!

Flutist Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree) plays flute and sings at the In the Spirit Festival. Photo courtesy of Washington State Historical Society.

Flutist Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree) plays flute and sings at the In the Spirit festival. Photo courtesy of Washington State Historical Society.

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 – Dec. 31, 2017.

Fort Nisqually visitors learning how to make a cyanotype photo print during Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Fort Nisqually visitors learning how to make a cyanotype photo print during Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

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.

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.

READY TO APPLY?

Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions.

 

Tacoma Arts Commission Volunteers Wanted

10 Oct

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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:

  • Professional positions 1 and 2
  • At-Large positions 2, 3, and 7

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 citizens 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.

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 October 23, 2016. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Amanda Punsalan at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, 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 nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

Applications for 2017 Arts Projects Funding Now Available

22 Sep
The Hilltop Street Fair showcases arts and culture at Peoples Park.

The Hilltop Street Fair showcases arts and culture at Peoples Park.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2017. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2016.

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 – Dec. 31, 2017.

Wayzgoose Tacoma festival at King's Books. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Wayzgoose Tacoma festival at King’s Books. Photo by Aaron Locke.

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.

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.

Organizations interested in applying for Arts Projects funding can find out about past funded projects, download the guidelines, and access the online application here.

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. 13, 2016, from noon – 1:30 p.m., in Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, 9th floor, Visibility Center conference room.

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