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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
Spaceworks
Norden Lodge #2 – Sons of Norway
HOLDstudios
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

Tacoma Arts Month 2018 is Almost Here!

11 Sep

October 2018 marks the 17th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Events Calendar
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programs are added to the calendar each week!

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

#TacomaArtsMonth Reverse Scavenger Hunt 
From September through October, we’ll be posting questions and photos about upcoming Tacoma Arts Month events on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Participants who post the correct answer to the questions within 24 hours of the posting will be entered to win prizes from a local arts organizations!

#TacomaArtsMonth Photo Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the #TacomaArtsMonth Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArtsMonth will be entered to win a grand prize. Make sure your post is public. More information about the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 3
    6 – 9 pm
    Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2018 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by the Sons of Norway – Norden Lodge #2, and sponsored by Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema, HOLDstudios, and Anthem Coffee.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 13 & 14
    11 am – 5 pm
    47 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of over 80 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

 


Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

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

What do you have planned for October?

24 Jun
Tacoma Community College's sculpture program performs a live molten iron pour as part of Tacoma Arts Month in 2013.

Tacoma Community College’s sculpture program performs a live molten iron pour as part of Tacoma Arts Month in 2013.

Call for Arts Activities
13th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2014

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 2014 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our thirteenth 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 www.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, email 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.

Deadline for submissions is August 10, 2014. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To have your event listed:

1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org. Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

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

Changes are Underway for Tacoma’s Annual Arts Month

28 Jan
Marit Berg gives a hands-on demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour. Photo property of the City of Tacoma.

Marit Berg gives a hands-on demonstration during the Tacoma Studio Tour. Photo property of the City of Tacoma.

Everything people love about Tacoma’s annual arts month will stay the same, with the exception of two things. Starting this year, Tacoma will celebrate in October, not November. And Art at Work Month will now be known as Tacoma Arts Month.

“We feel that Tacoma Arts Month clearly reflects the inclusive nature of this event,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “We are celebrating the arts, in its many variations, throughout and for our community.”

In response to community feedback, the change in timing will better coincide with performing arts season openings, national Arts & Humanities Month, and avoid holiday scheduling conflicts and inclement weather associated with November.

The Tacoma Arts Commission will continue to produce a free public arts month celebration event; the annual AMOCAT Arts Awards; and the Tacoma Studio Tour (scheduled for Oct. 11 and 12, 2014). They will also continue to provide an extensive online calendar of community-hosted events, exhibits and workshops.

Organizations, businesses and individuals producing arts and culture activities in Tacoma in October are encouraged to submit their event information for free inclusion in the calendar of events. To receive direct notification when Tacoma Arts Month activity submissions are being accepted, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

Started in 2002, Tacoma Arts Month is an annual month-long celebration of the arts in Tacoma. It provides an invitation to the greater community to sample hundreds of arts and culture programs happening throughout the city including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

The Tacoma Arts Commission voted on May 13, 2013 to change the timing of the event to the month of October. They voted again on Jan. 13, 2014 to rename the month to Tacoma Arts Month.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

29 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. And every studio will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Janet Marcavage

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Marcavage’s screenprints reference the topography of lines following the form of fabric. In this work she draws relationships between the process of weaving and the underlying construction of line-mapped imagery. She is interested in visual language throughout the history of printmaking, particularly where discreet visual units such as lines and dots are used to build imagery and create ocular effects.

Retha Hayward

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Retha owns and manages three studios at Manitou Art Center; operates White Dove Gallery; teaches fused and stained glass and mosaics; is Artist in Residence for Empty Bowls; and serves on the Lakewood Arts Commission. She shares her passion for art with the community, promotes and showcases local artists, and serves as adviser/instructor to many organizations.

Holly A. Senn

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Using discarded library books, Senn creates sculptures and installations in which she explores the life cycle of ideas – how they originate, get dispersed, and whether they are remembered or forgotten. Her work is informed by her ‘day job’ as a librarian. As she rips, aligns and glues, she reflects on each new generations’ erasure of some of the past and its casting of new ideas into the future.

Victoria Bjorklund

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Victoria Bjorklund is a photographic artist and creates work at her home studio in Tacoma. She is a graduate of the Fine Art Certificate program in Photography at Rockport College in Maine and a 2009 recipient of TAIP funding from the City of Tacoma. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Tacoma Art Museum and nationally in San Francisco, Portland, Colorado, and Minneapolis.

Natalie Oswald

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Natalie Oswald’s oil and acrylic paintings combine block printing with traditionally rendered oil techniques. She creates a fantastical world of pattern and decoration with repeated imagery and metallic surfaces. These printed backdrops act as a stage for her subject matter – flora, fauna, and botanicals of all sorts that inhabit the work. A personal cabinet of curiosities; these paintings are a record of the artist’s most visceral visual interactions.

Diane Hansen

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In 2004, after attending Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts, sculptor Diane Hansen moved to the Tacoma area for the arts community. Diane’s work is strongly influenced by the Rococo period, featuring heavily adorned and gilt pieces. She recently began working in the field of public art, and has integrated metal and automobile enamels with her glass work to create large-scale interactive work.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral

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Moss + Mineral is a botanical gallery where vegetation and jewelry make strange bedfellows. Artist and green thumb Lisa Kinoshita promises a humid experience in the heart of downtown, featuring the unusual curation that attracted visitors to her original gallery, Mineral.

Betty Sapp Ragan

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Betty Sapp Ragan completed an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with an emphasis on photography and printmaking and worked in the southeast as an art photographer before moving to Washington. From her hand-colored photo collages to her acrylic landscapes with digital outlines of the buildings at those sites, all of Betty’s work involves architectural imagery and questions why we build what we do where we do.

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

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

Art at Work Month kickoff this Monday

25 Oct
What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

Come celebrate with us. You know you want to! Join the Tacoma Arts Commission in a free community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma’s 12th annual Art at Work Month.

Art at Work Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
Monday, October 28

6 – 8:30 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:

the BareFoot Collective will  be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

the BareFoot Collective will be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

music by Taxi Driver
molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College
contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective
urban arts by Fab-5
poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
films by Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan
museum displays and marine life touch tanks

You will even have the opportunity to contribute to Diane Hansen’s soon-to-be-installed public art piece, The Locks, by personalizing a padlock to hang on the installation. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide your sentimental love of Tacoma.

Enjoy appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar while experience the newly-renovated Foss Waterway Seaport including a new public art piece, Lot 411 by Bret Lyon.

Help us honor the 2013 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell will present the awards beginning at 7:15 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Dress warmly – we’ll be over the water and it’s fall.

The Art at Work Opening Party is sponsored by Foss Waterway Seaport and NW Stage. Art at Work Month is generously sponsored by Click! Cable TVThe Greater Tacoma Community FoundationKPLUPremier Media GroupTacoma Weekly, and Weekly Volcano.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 7

22 Oct

This is part 7 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Amy Reeves, Tacoma Metal Arts Center

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Founded by Amy Reeves in 2009, Tacoma Metal Arts Center is a fully equipped jewelry making and small scale metal fabrication studio offering instruction, private lessons, and studio rental to a community of jewelers and metalsmiths. Classes are offered year-round for beginners to advanced students. The gallery area showcases handmade jewelry crafted by local artists and offers jewelry tools for sale.

Mark Hoppmann

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Mark Hoppmann’s studio, like his work, is an invitation to those (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) with “satiable curiosity.” In addition to his original work created with a variety of mediums including watercolor, India ink, and graphite, he often works in themes which are then digitally scanned and assembled into handmade books created from materials such as leather or wood.

LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, Sculpting In Stone

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Dramatic marble, alabaster, and soapstone sculptures prompt a moment or two of contemplation in LeeAnn’s gallery and will provide lifetime of reflection as a family heirloom in your home. LeeAnn welcomes you to the Tacoma Studio Tour with a hands-on stone carving demonstration that will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of her work.

Juan La Torre

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Juan La Torre, an artist with passion for transforming art, has experience with many materials. His idea of artistic freedom is always bringing him to a new path of expression, where problems can be solved while loving the visual and tangible results of every new artwork. Juan says, “An artist’s creative view of the past and present can and do, change the world a bit at a time.”

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art

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Mark Larson is one of America’s leading contemporary symbolist painters, having shown and sold his work in galleries and museums throughout Europe and North America. He recently joined the Jet Artist Cooperative to be in the middle of Tacoma’s vibrant arts community and enjoy the great north light and Commencement Bay views in the studio as well.

Lorraine Toler

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Lorraine is a painter who lives and works in Tacoma. She loves a good story, especially biographies, and seeks out the kind of stories that capture the imagination and leave you with an itch that needs to be scratched. Through paintings she re-tells these stories. Lorraine particularly likes painting the stories of strong Asian women.

Toni Snyder

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Painting landscapes in oil has been Toni’s passion for the past 12 years. She is primarily self-taught and loves to create art. The view from her studio gives her the inspiration to keep refining her craft. She also continues to work in the classical style of drawing to consistently develop her drawing skills.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

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

Art at Work Month is just around the corner

17 Oct

A@WforNewsletterNovember 2013 marks the 12th 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.

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

E-Newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the Art at Work Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this November. Don’t worry, the newsletters will be send twice weekly from mid-October through November only. 
 
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:

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Art at Work Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
October 28
6 – 8:30 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Free and open to the public

Join us for this free community celebration. Live entertainment includes music by Taxi Driver, a molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College, contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, urban arts by Fab-5, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, films by Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan, and a hands-on public art project with Diane Hansen. Attendees can experience the newly-renovated Foss Waterway Seaport including a new public art piece, “Lot 411” by Bret Lyon. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2013 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners – Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski. The Art at Work Opening Party is sponsored by Foss Waterway Seaport and NW Stage.

Jessica Spring shows Zoe Henry how the printing press works.Tacoma Studio Tour
November 2 & 3
11 am – 5 pm
39 locations around Tacoma
Free and open to the public

Come see the spaces in and tools with which 60 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs covers 39 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Visit ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for a complete list of studio locations and a use our interactive map to plot a custom tour just for you.

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

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

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