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Invest your passion for the arts in Tacoma

1 Oct

Individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and/or performing arts are invited 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:

  • One At-Large position – A person representative of acknowledged accomplishment or persons working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrate a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities
  • Two Professional positions – Persons with professional experience or training related to the arts, originating from employment or study within the following disciplines: arts or art history, arts administration, architecture, art criticism, art education, curation, conservation, heritage arts, literature, music, new media, performing arts, public arts, visual arts, or a related field.
  • One Working Professional Artist position– A person working as professional artist

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.

Monthly meetings are held from 5 – 7 PM on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens Ave., 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one panel each year. 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.

The Tacoma Arts Commission strongly supports inclusion, equity and access. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, October 15, 2018. Please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or stop by the City Clerk’s Office, located at 733 Market St., Rm 11, Tacoma, WA 98402, in Tacoma Municipal Building North.

Additional information on the Tacoma Arts Commission is available on the City’s website or from Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

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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.

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.

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

Rent Coworking Space at 1120 Hilltop — Spaceworks

13 Jan

Artists or artist groups, creative small businesses or non-profits can benefit from renting space in the heart of Hilltop. Spaceworks has studio/office spaces available ranging in size from 150sf to over 1,000sf, located at 1120 S. 11th Street. Formerly a Key Bank, this location is now operated by Spaceworks as a coworking space named 1120 Hilltop and offers…

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Lease Studio or Office in Downtown Coworking Space — Spaceworks

11 Jan

Painter Jason Sobottka is one of the tenants at the coworking space. Photo by Kris CrewsCentral location & collaborative spirit Artists or artist groups, creative small businesses or non-profits can benefit from renting space in the heart of Tacoma downtown. Spaceworks has two studio/office spaces available, located at 1120 Pacific Ave. Formerly known as 1120…

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Let’s Talk, Tacoma!

10 Jan

The Tacoma Arts Commission invites all artists, makers, arts and culture organizations, and other creatives to gather for a Creative Community Conversations event on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at SKY Creative, 1120 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. This free public event will include facilitated break-out sessions and discussions designed to encourage participants to “dream big” while identifying gaps and barriers that could be mitigated by an infusion of resources.

“There is a citywide opportunity to dramatically increase funding for arts, heritage, science and culture in Tacoma. We want to hear from creatives in our community to understand current needs, desires and concerns as we shape the future of service, funding and program delivery.”
– Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts Administrator

Community input and insights from this event will help inform the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality and the Tacoma Arts Commission’s planning and efforts to advance Tacoma as a community that celebrates and supports the rich contributions of creatives from every sector, neighborhood, age and ethnicity.  This event is part of continued efforts to nurture an authentic and vibrant arts community reflective of the voices and talents throughout Tacoma.

What: Creative Community Conversations
When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6 p.m.
Where: SKY Creative, 1120 Pacific Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public

This event, hosted by SKY Creative, is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma and the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County. Supervised children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

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

Wanted: Passionate Arts Advocates

9 Oct

Individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and/or performing arts are invited 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:

  • At-Large positions 1, 4, 5, and 6 – Persons representative of acknowledged accomplishment or persons working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrate a deep interest in, and appreciation of, cultural and artistic activities
  • Cross District Association/Community Council – A person representing the Cross District Association or Tacoma Neighborhood Council
  • Tacoma Public Education – A person working in the Tacoma public education community

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/or 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 Tacoma residents, 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 Ave., 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.

The Tacoma Arts Commission strongly supports inclusion, equity and access. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication, contact Sola Wingenbach at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or stop by the City Clerk’s Office, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Additional information on the Tacoma Arts Commission is available on the City’s website or from Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

 

 

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