Now showing artTown Episode 10

25 Jan

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.

In this episode:

  • Explore the public art inside and outside at People’s Community Center that is helping preserve and share the history of the Hilltop community
  • Learn how the City of Tacoma’s Artist in Residence, Roni Chelben, worked to engage the community through theater, video, and conversations around the causes, challenges and possible approaches to addressing homelessness
  • Meet poet Kevin Miller and learn how his dog Scout has helped him be more observant and grow as an artist
  • Catch Will Jordan and Joe Edwards as they chat about habits for creative growth, artistic integrity, and their own musical journeys

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, socially-engaged work and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown

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

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 AM
Wednesdays at 8 AM
Thursdays at 6 PM
Fridays at 8 PM
Saturdays at 5 PM
Sundays at 5 AM

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 tvtacoma.com.

Are you Tacoma’s next Poet Laureate?

10 Jan

2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson performs at the Tacoma Arts Month opening party.

Call to Artists for 2019-2021 Tacoma Poet Laureate

Application Deadline: February 18, 2019, 11:59 pm

Stipend: $4,000

OPPORTUNITY
The Tacoma Arts Commission announces the eighth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate competition, the winner of which will be named Tacoma Poet Laureate for 2019-2021.

The Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for a period of two years, from May 2019 to April 2021, 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 2021 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony to announce the next Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is expected to determine the direction, focus, and appropriate public components for their term of service.

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 Kellie Richardson will curate and host a poetry event at which the winner of this year’s Poet Laureate competition will be awarded. The event date and 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 agreed upon with the City’s Arts Office staff.
  • Participate in Tacoma Arts Month programming each October (can be participation in a public event that the City is already producing).
  • 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 Office staff.
  • Help produce, with the assistance of the City of Tacoma’s Arts Office, an event in Tacoma in April 2021 to announce the winner of the 2021‐2023 Tacoma Poet Laureate  program.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicant must live in Pierce County and be actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community. Staff will verify addresses against official Pierce County map.
  • Applicant must be a practicing artist, dedicated to producing poetry (in any form, genre, or style) on a regular basis.
  • Applicant must be 18 years or older.
  • Applicant cannot be a previous Tacoma Poet Laureate title holder.
  • Applicant cannot be a current Tacoma Arts Commission member, City Council member, City of Tacoma staff member, or Tacoma Poet Laureate selection panel member.

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

QUESTIONS?
For questions or assistance, please email Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5191.

32 community Arts Projects funded in 2019

20 Dec

2018 Louder Than A Bomb – Tacoma teen poetry slam presented by Write253. Photo provided by Write253.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $100,000 in Arts Projects funding to 32 Tacoma organizations in support of 2019 public outreach projects in the fields of dance, craft, film, music, visual, literary, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,200 to $5,000.

“It is exciting to see such depth and breadth in arts programs that will be happening throughout Tacoma this next year. We are thrilled to be able to financially support this community-based work.” – Heather Conklin, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair

Funded projects include the production of eleven diverse cultural and arts festivals; two visual arts workshop series; an arts and culture podcast series; a screenwriting workshop; two filmmaking projects; a film festival; a historical arts and crafts demonstration series; three visual arts, culture, and music education programs; three dance workshop series and performances; six music performance series; a poetry writing and performance program for youth; and community engagement events.

A successful Monkeyshines hunter shows off their treasure. Photo provided by Monkeyshines.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Channel 253 LLC, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Destiny City Film Festival, Dru Films, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Happy Fox Studio, Hilltop Business Association, Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, King’s Books, Latinx Unidos of the South Sound, Metropolitan Glass, Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma, Peace Works United, Sister Cities Council Of Tacoma, Sixth Avenue Business District, Tacoma Arts Live, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Girls Rock, Tacoma Ocean Fest, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Ted Brown Music Outreach, Vietnamese American Community Association, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

Centro Latino Latin dancers at the 2018 Hilltop Street Fair. Photo provided by Centro Latino.

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 cityoftacoma.org/funding.

Hey, Tacoma! Let’s Talk about Tacoma Creates

18 Dec

Photo by Jason Farris, Frankly Cinematics, LLC

Calling all Tacomans who participate in making Tacoma a rich, diverse, and innovative community. We want to talk!

Let’s have a conversation about how to shape the future together. Let’s talk about nurturing an authentic and vibrant community. Let’s hear from the diverse voices and talents throughout our city.

The passage of Tacoma Creates has earned us an opportunity to impact our city through arts, heritage, and culture. What will that look like? How will we ensure access? How will we measure success and be accountable to you, our citizens?

Help us learn more about who you are and your aspirations for Tacoma and your neighborhood. We want to understand your neighborhood needs and desires. And we depend on your unique insights into how we can continue to advance Tacoma. The contributions of every sector, neighborhood, age, ethnicity, and ability are necessary for our success.

What: Tacoma Creates Community Conversation
When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6 – 8 pm
Where: Tacoma Arts Live, 901 Broadway
Free and open to the public, RSVP not required

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

Supervised children are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Presented by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality. A special thanks to our host, Tacoma Arts Live.

Festive evening of Wine & Song with Classical Tuesdays in Old Town

4 Dec

Join Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma for Wine & Song 2018! This is a fundraiser for the Classical Tuesdays series of free concert events held at Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park September through February.

Erin Guinup, Founding Director of Tacoma Refugee Choir, will perform “Ladies of Lyric and Song: Female Composers of the American Theatre” including some jazz, operetta, and contemporary cabaret. She’ll be accompanied by Marjorie Skreen-Dickerson on piano. Afterward, guests will enjoy a lovely spread of wines and finger foods.

Come prepared to make bids on some fantastic silent auction baskets. Neighbors and businesses have contributed a terrific variety of gift certificates. Alfredo Russo is offering 2 passes for a cooking class at Europa Bistro, Jon Douglas Rake and Jeffrey Stvrtecky of Tacoma Musical Playhouse are offering 2 tickets to a theater performance, Bill Evans of the Pacific Northwest Shop is putting together a generous basket of Northwest bounty, Harbor Lights has donated a dinner certificate for 2, and many other delightful gifts to be discovered in the baskets! Check  http://classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com for tantalizing details!

All ages are welcome. This event is fully accessible.

What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit
When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 pm
Where: Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N 30th St., Tacoma
Cost: $25 tickets are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3657034. Limited tickets available for purchase at Bayview Optical in Old Town.
More Information: (253) 752-2135, prryker@gmail.comclassicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Apply Now! Funding for Tacoma Artists

27 Nov

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 Jan. 21, 2019.

“TAIP funding assists innovative, creative artists in their efforts to realize exhibitions, performances, and workshops that are free to the public. Tacoma’s artists are cultural and economic driving forces in our communities, and we are pleased to partner with them in their efforts.” – Mike Sweney, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated up to $65,000 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 Dec. 31, 2020.

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 2015 and 2018 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 Dec. 13, 2018, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Room 243.

WAY

21 Oct

WAY by Sheila Klein. Photo by Abby Kok.

Art is everywhere you look in Tacoma and sometimes in places you’d least expect it, like WAY, created by public artist Sheila Klein.

WAY by Sheila Klein spans South Tacoma Way. Photo by Abby Kok.

WAY draws attention to the heart of the historic South Tacoma Business District, emphasizing the crosswalks at 54th and 56th Streets in this busy thoroughfare. Two strings of obstruction markers drape the street, acting as pearl necklaces. Oversized finials cap light posts painted with ellipses.

This project is the result of collaboration between multiple community and artistic partners. Sheila conducted extensive research and collected community input on the area and environs. Her husband and public artist, Ries Niemi, fabricated the finials and collars and led the installation process. Abby Kok and Chris Sharp, both Tacoma-based artists, assisted the project with painting, photography, and installation help.

View of South Tacoma Way with WAY in background. Photo by Abby Kok.

WAY was installed in spring 2018 and was generously funded through a partnership with State Farm and Local Initiatives Support Corporation as part of their community revitalization efforts. Additional funding was provided by the South Tacoma Business District through a City of Tacoma Innovative Grant.


About Sheila Klein

Sheila Klein, visual artist, straddles the worlds of art and architecture. Klein has been called “chief retranslater of everyday objects and a manipulator of familiar and archetypal images.” She is making the world as she sees it one piece at a time, constructing a pillow or a planet. Klein uses a brilliant combination of materials to propose solutions to the homogenization of our environment. The range of her output occurs in the studio, on the street, and in art institutions.

Klein has exhibited widely at such diverse organizations as P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Studies in New York, Memory and Lands of the 20th Century in Florence, Italy, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York and La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Klein’s work has been widely published in art journals and the mainstream media such as the New York Times, Times of India and National Public Radio. She is the youngest artist included in the book 50 Northwest Artists.

She practiced architecture in the early 80’s as a member of the award winning architecture firm group A2Z. Klein has been actively involved in public art since 1977 when she was awarded multiple commissions. Among her well known civic projects are the air traffic control tower at the LAX, a subway station called Underground Girl in Hollywood, a light structure in the underpass leading into Santa Monica on Pico Blvd, and Leopard Sky, Houston,Texas. Her projects have received multiple national awards.

Klein first lived in the Skagit Valley in 1976 and returned in 1995, where she lives on a farm in Edison with her artist husband Ries Niemi and sons Rebar and Torque.

Sheila Klein wants to dress the world, the world is her studio.

Studio Tour Highlights: There’s Art for Everyone

11 Oct

Featured Studio Activities and Demonstrations

The Tacoma Studio Tour is this weekend! If you’re still deciding on who to visit, perhaps you’ll be inspired to visit some of the artists with unique hands-on activities and demonstrations! The studios below are sorted by the medium used during the activity or demonstration.

Tacoma Studio Tour
47 locations around Tacoma
October 13 & 14
11 am – 5 pm

FREE!

 

 

 


Ceramics

Salish Sea Devil Fish. Hand-sculpted stoneware ceramic. By Claudia Riedener (Studio #24).

Studio #24, Claudia Riedener (1003 S Steele Street, Sat/Sun)
Carve your own ceramic tile.

Studio #30, Mark Hudak (2212 N 30th Street, Sat/Sun)
Watch a pottery wheel demonstration.

 


Drawing, Painting, & Mixed Media

Lee Circle. Digital illustration and watercolor. By Kelsey Parkhurst (Studio #23).

Studio #1, Julia W. White (1103 E 71st Street, Sat/Sun)
Make and/or write a postcard and view in-process paintings.

Studio #23, Kelsey Parkhurst (1612 S 8th Street, Saturday Only)
Paint your own watercolor coloring book page.

Studio #41, JW Harrington (6905 Bridgland Lane, Sat/Sun)
Create your own acrylic painting.


Music

Studio #19, Mushawn Knowles (2105 S L Street, Sat/Sun)
Contribute a lyric at Mushawn’s brand new recording studio; learn about music production and recording.


Glass

Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists (Studio #26).

Studio #19, Jason Sobottka (1120 S 11th Street, #203, Saturday Only)
Watch a small format glass blowing demonstration.

Studio#26, Hilltop Artists (602 N Sprague Avenue at Jason Lee Middle School, Saturday only)
(12 and Up) Make a paperweight in hot glass or bead with a torch. Under 12 years old? Try some coloring activities and jewelry-making experiences!


Wood, Metalworking, and Paper Sculpture

Open End Table with Drawer. Salvaged plywood and sapele. By Steve Lawler/rePly Furniture (Studio #25).

Studio #22, Mauricio Robalino (815 S Sheridan Avenue, Saturday Only)
Watch a demonstration fold and cut paper sculptures and take home your own small paper creation.

Studio #25, Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks, Steve Lawler (2915 S 12th Street, Sat/Sun)
Create a small functional wood art piece; Watch a demonstration of making small boxes using pre-cut materials.

Studio #38, Juan La Torre (1501 S MacArthur Street, Saturday Only)
Create a temporary wood block sculpture and learn about bronze, painting and ceramics processes.


Textiles

Thicket 3. Woven tapestry (cotton). By Liz Pulos (Studio #35).

Studio #6, Roberta Lowes and Karen Perrine (2511 S Hood Street, Sat/Sun)
Watch a demonstration using looms and spinning wheels and create some small paper art crafts; Make a collaged bookmark using hand-marbled paper.

Studio #35, Liz Pulos & Teresa Owens (4210 N 34th Street, Saturday Only)
Try your and at hands-on weaving (all ages); Watch a demonstrate of creating crowns from recycled law school textbooks.


Photography

Jamila. Wet-plate tintype. By Kyle Dillehay (Studio #42).

Studio #40, Henry Haneda (431 Broadway, #412, Sunday Only)
Learn about digital image processing and printing.

Studio #42, Alice Di Certo & Kyle Dillehay (3419 N Ferdinand Street, Sunday Only)
Watch a demonstration on the wet-plate collodion photo process; Create a found objects pendant.

Studio #43, Joe Becker (4218 N Cheyenne Street, Sat/Sun)
Try your hand at scanography – the art of taking photographs with a flat bed scanner.


Printmaking & Book Arts

Greetings from Tacoma. Ink, watercolor, and digital. By Chandler O’Leary (Studio #31).

Studio #28, Katie Dean (1303 N 7th St, Sat/Sun)
Make a small book or print a linocut coloring book page.

Studio #31, Chandler O’Leary (2911 N 27th Street, Sat/Sun)
Try your hand at pochoir and create a gift tag to take home.

Studio #40, Bill Colby (1847 N Skyline Drive, Sat/Sun)
Make a small woodcut print on rice paper.

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full artist roster, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plan your own custom tour course.


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour.

 

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

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