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2019 Arts Anchor Fund and 2019-2020 TAIP Recipients Announced

20 Mar

10 Arts Organizations and 24 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

Hilltop Artists team production students working at Museum of Glass.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $130,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $60,000 to 24 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $10,000 to $16,000 each and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each.

“We are excited and honored to support furthering the arts in our community. From large organizations, to groups and individual artists, our city benefits from projects and events that encourage dialogue between one another, foster engagement and expand our understanding of one another.” – Heather Conklin, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

The 2019 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In 2018, these organizations served 525,375, provided free admission to 136,816, and generated an estimated $14.5 million in collateral spending for the local economy.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s CampTMP Youth Honor Camp performers in a production of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

‘Micro Spill’ by RYAN! Feddersen

The 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Kristina Batiste, Dionne Bonner, Gabriel Brown, Sarah A. Chavez, Kim Davenport, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, RYAN! Feddersen, Erin Guinup, Chad Hagedorn, Lucia Harrison, Fumiko Kimura, Nori Kimura, Lisa Kinoshita, Sasha LaPointe, Melinda Raebyne, Elizabeth Reeves, Brian Robinson, Jeanette Sanchez-Izenman, Jamika Scott, Kenya Shakoor, Sharon Styer, Wendy Wahman, and Anique Zimmer

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include: production and screening of short films and a virtual reality project; writing, recording, and performing of music; a theater production; writing and reading of a poetry chapbook, memoir, and zine with accompanying writing workshops; writing and illustrating books; a lending library of handmade pottery; a glass arts residency; and the creation and exhibition of visual art with accompanying workshops focused on photography, artist books, illustrations, paintings, recycled media, Sumi-e and haiku paintings, jewelry and terrariums, mixed-media, and collage.

Student electronic e-waste mandala workshop led by Gabriel Brown.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two 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/arts.

Studio Tour Highlights: Group Studios

9 Oct

Featured Studio Groups

Tacoma artists are collaborative people who will open up their spaces to other artists to share in creative processes, showcase diverse techniques and forms of art, and celebrate community. This blog showcases some of the Studio Tour Groups that are hosting three or more artists in the space.

In addition to these studio groups, there are 47 total studio locations to visit. In every place you go, you’re bound to meet some fantastic artists and learn about their creative process. You might just take home some artwork with you, too!

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





Studio Groups – Saturday Only

Cake stand in white. Ceramic and glaze. By Jennifer English (Studio #18).

Studio #18, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery (1307 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Saturday Only)
Artists: April Sanders, Jennifer English, Amy Lewis
Activities: Wheel-throwing and hand-building clay demonstrations; marker/pen portrait demonstrations

Studio #34, North Union Ave Studio (3402 N Union Avenue, Saturday Only)
Artists: Lavonne Hoivik, George Hoivik, Barbara Patterson, Christine Parent, Jeanette Otis
Activities: Jewelry bead painting; bronze demonstration; pendant-making; ceramic push molds demonstration.

Studio Groups – Sunday Only

Still Clutching Maps. 2017. Poetry written and published by Christina Butcher of Blue Cactus Press (Studio #2).

Studio #2, Real Art Tacoma (5412 South Tacoma Way, Sunday Only)
Artists: Elizabeth Reeves, Blue Cactus Press, Creative Colloquy, Teens in Tacoma, Write253
Activities:  Chapbook and zine-making; woodburning demonstration; open mic and pop-up literary readings





Studio Groups – Saturday and Sunday

Rockin Mobile. Sterling, bronze, polka dot mokume earrings. By Cheryl De Groot (Studio #7).

Studio #7, F.S. Harmon Building (2926 S. Steele Street)
Artists: Cheryl De Groot, Lynn Di Nino, Becky Frehse, William Turner
Activities: Sculpt-it molding, bead and leather jewelry-making; flat-feld seam demonstration; undercoat painting demonstration.

Studio #8, The Arts & Crafts Press (2515 B South Tacoma Way)
Artists: Yoshiko Yamamoto, Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Reid Ozaki
Activities: Holiday printing block art activity; beading and sewing demonstration; learn about the process of ceramic firing.

Studio #10, Jet Artist Cooperative (1901 Jefferson Avenue #300)
Artists: Jennifer Chin, Michaela Eaves, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Toni Snyder, Lorraine Toler
Activities: Artist book/zine-making; postcard coloring; loom weaving demonstration; painting demonstrations; pet portrait demonstration

Golden Calf: Seattle. Bronze and 24k gold-leaf ring. By Lisa Kinoshita (Studio #14)

Studio #14, MINKA (821 Pacific Avenue)
Artists: Lisa Kinoshita, Paula Shields, Snow Winters, Lauren Boilini, Sonja Bergstrom
Activities: Jewelry-making demonstration

Studio #16, Merlino Art Center (508 6th Avenue)
Artists: Fumiko Kimura, Alex Lee, Beverly Naidus, Audrey Tulimiero-Welch, Lois Yoshida (and more)
Activities: Mixed media collage; mixed media and painting demonstrations; interactive photo collage; paint layering demonstration; hands-on sumi painting.

Studio #21, Centro Latino (1208 S 10th Street)
Artists: Dionne Bonner, LaQuita Thurman, Gerardo Peña, Charlice Bradford

Conversation. Watercolor. By Terry Bader (Studio #47).

Activities: Print transfer on wood; hands-on mixed media activity; jewelry-making demonstration

Studio #47, Bader Studio (4907 N Lexington Street)
Artists: Terry Bader, David Bader, Sylvia Omero-Rogstad
Activities: Mini water color paintings; found objects assemblage activity; encaustics demonstration.




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

Newest episode of artTown has landed

5 Mar

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:

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Grand Cinema’s 253 Short Film Competition as one team writes, shoots, and edits a 253 second short film in 72 hours
  • Visit the unique studio of jewelry designer Cheryl DeGroot
  • Explore Floating Life Forms, a public art piece on the Thea Foss Esplanade created by Tacoma artist Ed Kroupa
  • Hear what inspires the beat in Antonio Gomez’s music
  • Learn how art is being used to engage community and energize public spaces in the Lincoln District Revitalization Project

Silong Chhun talks about his community engagement work in the Lincoln District.

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, architecture and more.

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

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

Percussionist Antonio Gomez.

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

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.

Click! ON Demand
Available for viewing anytime on Click! ON Demand’s TV Tacoma and TacomaArt & Culture menu listings

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