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Kaleidoscope: Celebrate Art and Community

14 Sep

Start off your October with an evening of creative fun at the historic Normanna Hall in Hilltop neighborhood!

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks, Kaleidoscope is the official kick off party for Tacoma Arts Month. This free and family-friendly event is full of dance, art, activities, music, and much more!

Kaleidoscope Opening Party
October 3rd, 2018
6 PM – 9 PM
Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th Street

The festivities begin with the AMOCAT Arts Award ceremony at 6pm sharp. Snack on some delicious appetizers and enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar provided by Jonz Catering, or enjoy an evening coffee provided by Anthem Coffee.

We’ll keep the party going until 9pm with performances and hands-on activities from artists and organizations such as: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, The BareFoot Collective, The Grand Cinema, Jordani Sarreal, Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, DJ SmokeywonderTacoma Art MuseumTacoma Refugee ChoirTacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and TeenTix. Pop-up art exhibits will be installed by several Tacoma artists, including Jasmine Brown, Maria Jost, Nori Kimura, Spaceworks Tacoma Links to Opportunity Project, and prints provided by Wayzgoose.

AMOCAT Arts Awards

The 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at 6pm by Mayor Victoria Woodards, and City Council Members Lillian Hunter and Keith Blocker.
The award recipients are:
Jackie Casella – Community Outreach by an Individual
Tacoma Little Theatre – Community Outreach by an Organization
MultiCare Health System – Arts Patron

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the event details and the full art events calendar for October 2018.

Kaleidoscope Sponsors

We could not provide this wonderful and free event without the support of our sponsors:

NW Stage, LLC
Norden Lodge #2 – Sons of Norway
The Grand Cinema
Anthem Coffee Company

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

Nominations sought for 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards

10 Jul
Mayor Stickland; 2012 AMOCAT Arts Award winner Katy Evans; and Robin Echtle, Chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission

Mayor Stickland; 2012 AMOCAT Arts Award winner Katy Evans; and Robin Echtle, Chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards.

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

The three award categories are:
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

“The AMOCAT Arts Awards help spotlight the people and organizations who are investing their time, money, and passion into improving our community through the arts,” said Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma. “These people have helped make the arts an essential part of Tacoma’s identity and we want to recognize them for their service.”

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by August 30, 2013. 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, not by the number of times the nominee was nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Art at Work Month Opening Party in late October.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley & Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey & Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, and Katy Evans.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum & 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, and The Grand Cinema.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, 6th Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and Key Bank.

Information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found on the Arts Program website.

Art at Work Month is just around the corner

16 Oct

Tacoma artist Jennevieve Schlemmer, along with 54 other artists, will welcome visitors into their studios as part of the Tacoma Studio Tour, November 3 & 4. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

November 2012 marks the 11th anniversary of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes more than 300 community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Information about the 300+ Art at Work Month events and programs can be found online at www.ArtAtWorkTacoma.com.



And, while you are filling up your calendar with all those awesome events, be sure to block off a bit of time for these two signature events:

  • Art at Work Opening Party & AMOCAT Awards
    The public is invited to attend a free celebration on Nov. 1 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.). Attendees will enjoy appetizers, dessert, a no-host bar, music by Tacoma Youth Symphony, and stunning exhibits in the museum galleries. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2012 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Art Award winners – KeyBank, The Grand Cinema and Katy Evans.
  • Jessica Spring works with a young visitor to create a letterpress keepsake during the Tacoma Studio Tour. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

    Tacoma Studio Tour
    Come see the spaces and tools with which 55 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 37 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Visit www.ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for a complete list of studio locations and a map.

Start planning now. November is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano and Premier Media Group.

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