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Call for Tacoma Artists: Studio Tour 2018

14 May

Application deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018, 11:59 pm

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

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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.

 

 

Applications for 2018 Arts Projects Funding Now Available

20 Sep

Hilltop Fashion Show at the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2018? 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 6, 11:59 pm.

Larry Miller working with Fort Nisqually visitors at a Crafts of the Past event. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

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, 2018.

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 youth poets with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. 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. 12, 2017, from noon – 1:30 p.m., in Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, 2nd floor, room 248.

READY TO APPLY? 

Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application instructions.

 

 

Nominations sought for 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards

29 Jun AMOCAT Arts Award

AMOCAT Arts AwardThe Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 2, 2017.

“Our beloved city has dedicated people, organizations and patrons who invest in and help drive our community forward through the arts,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “The AMOCAT Arts Awards help recognize them for the energy and passion they have shown in support of the arts in Tacoma.”

The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee. Mayor Strickland will present the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Oct. 4, 2017.

Award Categories:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron – A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

To Make a Nomination:

Fill out the online nomination form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

Past Award Winners:

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, Jessica Spring, Connie K. Walle, and Christopher Paul Jordan.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Public Library, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, University of Washington Tacoma, and Metro Parks Tacoma.

More Information:

More information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards is available at cityoftacoma.org/amocat.

What do you have planned for October?

21 Jun

Call for Arts Activities
16th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2017

Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2017 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our sixteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on tacomaartsmonth.com. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, electronic newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

The deadline for the first round of submissions is August 7, 2017. We will accept activities on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by August 7th will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.

To Qualify:

Your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To Participate:

Fill out the online submission form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. Please note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

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

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