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19 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

27 Jan
A duo does a dance routine during the final round of Fab-5's AfterLIFE breakdance battle

A duo does a dance routine during the final round of Fab-5’s AfterLIFE breakdance battle. Photo provided by Fab-5.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2014 Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, film, urban, visual arts and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $4,000.

“The breadth and quality of grassroots arts programming in Tacoma is consistently impressive,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “The range of community-based programs reflects our diverse neighborhoods and interests. We are proud to support this outstanding group of organizations.”

Funded projects include the production of five diverse cultural and arts festivals, visual art programs for families, urban art classes for youth, contemporary and multidisciplinary dance events, a variety of music performances, an international film series, poetry readings and workshops, arts components to a national conference and a community-wide guerrilla art project.

Punch and Judy performance by Kelsey Sample at Ft. Nisqually's Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Ft. Nisqually.

Punch and Judy performance by Kelsey Sample at Ft. Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Ft. Nisqually.

Funded organizations include the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Metropolitan Glass, MLKBallet, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister City Council of Tacoma, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, the BareFoot Collective, University of Puget Sound, and the Washington State Historical Society.

The Arts Projects funding program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Twenty-three Arts Projects applications were submitted to the Tacoma Arts Commission with requests totaling $92,400.

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/arts.

A Block Party for Tacoma

15 Aug

Who: Local Life and Downtown Tacoma Neighbors
What: 3rd annual Downtown Block Party
Where: Between 7th & 9th in Opera Alley, downtown Tacoma
When: Saturday, August 18, 3 – 10 pm
Cost: Free!

Photo provided by Downtown Block Party.

On August 18th, Downtown Tacoma’s Opera Alley will host what is quickly becoming one of Tacoma’s most loved events. The vision behind the Downtown Block Party is giving attendees the chance to feel what it would be like to make their neighborhood a better place by working collaboratively and creatively.

The Downtown Block Party is a unique experience in Tacoma. Instead of vendor booths, the event is overrun with artistic demonstrations and activities. From the moment a party-goer steps into the Euro-styled Opera Alley, the atmosphere asks them to participate in the life and activity around them. Musicians set the heartbeat of the event by laying down improvised grooves. Meanwhile participants can paint, craft, dance, eat, and drink. They may choose to put on old shoes, step in paint, and dance on linens – that is if one of the open community murals didn’t grab their attention first.

It’s hard to put into words the spirit of the party. Spontaneous blues-dancing one minute, people getting down with their best hip-hop or hula-hoop moves the next. Whatever the case, it will be hard for them to leave at the end of the night without a sense of inspiration to think outside-the-box about their own neighborhood.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through Arts Projects funding.

Photo booth fun at the 2011 Downtown Block Party. Photo provided by Downtown Block Party.

For more information visit http://www.dtownttownneighbors.com/blockparty/

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