Tag Archives: Michael Haeflinger

2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

15 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority (Arts Patron), Monkeyshines (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Michael Haeflinger (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor the people and organizations that positively impact the community with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts.

Arts Patron Award

This award goes to Tacoma Housing Authority (THA)  for its sustained commitment to investing in public art in its affordable housing projects.

Established in 1940, THA helps Tacoma meet the growing need for affordable housing. It does this in several ways: it develops and manages real estate; it provides rental housing; in partnership with thousands of landlords, it helps families pay the rent in the private rental market; and it delivers supportive services to help families succeed not just as tenants but also as parents, students, wage earners and builders of assets who can live without assistance. It seeks to do its work in ways that help neighborhoods be attractive places to live, work, attend school, shop and play, and that help its city be safe, vibrant, prosperous, attractive and just.

THA believes that art helps this work in several ways. Art beautifies the landscape, and beauty is contagious. Art helps residents view their neighborhood as a distinctive place, and welcomes others to the neighborhood while allowing them to feel like the community is theirs. Art can do this especially if the residents are engaged in the process.

THA’s commitment to including public art has resulted in three projects at Bay Terrace: Yuki Nakamura’s “TransFORM” benches, Diane Hansen & Jennifer Weddermann’s “Seabranches & Pearls” metal and glass wall sculpture, and Christopher Paul Jordan & Kenji Stoll’s “Home Court” basketball court. It has also resulted in music programming at Bay Terrace led by Will Jordan, and a playground mural at Bergerson Terrace.

Community Outreach by an Organization Award

This award goes to Monkeyshines for mobilizing the public to explore Tacoma and create community through the act of giving.

Monkeyshines began in 2003 as a one-time event with the simple thought that we all have the ability to positively impact each other. In that first year, a small group of individuals created over 200 glass floats, embossed with the face of a monkey, and hid the pieces all over Tacoma. Their hope was that the joy of finding a treasure would ripple throughout the community and uplift it.

The excitement generated that first year spurred the anonymous artists to commit to 12 years of the Lunar New Year cycle. After the first 12 years had passed, the ever-growing band of anonymous Monkeyshiners committed to a second 12-year cycle.

Today, glass studios donate shop time; glass artists, painters, sculptors, writers, elementary school children, and other creatives make gifts for the city; and volunteers wake up early to hide the small pieces of art throughout Tacoma. In addition, the community adds their own art, contributing original photographs and prints, sculptures, jewelry, stories, songs, folklore, laser cut treasures, glass marbles, and more.

Monkeyshiners are proud to be in Tacoma, a city that not only embraces this event, but asks itself, “What can I share?”

Community Outreach by an Individual Award

This award goes to Michael Haeflinger for his commitment to the literary arts and youth of Tacoma.

Haeflinger is Executive Director for Write253, a non-profit literacy arts organization that serves Pierce County youth by providing workshops, poetry festivals, and publishing opportunities, including Louder Than a Bomb: The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival and The Tacoma Poetry Festival Youth Day.

He began writing poetry in high school under the encouragement and guidance of his junior year English teacher, Ms. Rene Gabbard. Like her, Haeflinger hopes he can help introduce young people to writing that helps them define their lives.

Haeflinger is the author of two collections of poetry: Love Poem for the Everyday and The Days Before, both published by Dog On A Chain Press. In 2016, he released Let’s Don’t Be Crazy, a spoken word album partially funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Kaleidoscope – Tacoma Arts Month opening party and AMOCAT Arts Awards celebration

This year’s awardees will be honored at Kaleidoscope, the annual Tacoma Arts Month opening party, on Oct. 4, from 6 – 9 p.m., at The Spire (710 S. Anderson St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland along with Council Members Keith Blocker and Marty Campbell will present the awards starting at 6 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Will Jordan, Smokey Wonder, Travis Barker, Ben Wildenhaus, and Chromatography; West African dance and drumming by T.U.P.A.C.; Taiwanese dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center; contemporary dance by Barefoot Collective; poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson and Jinx Jones; and a staged reading of “CLOSE” written by Nick Stokes and directed by Jose Amador. Attendees can also experience a series of multimedia art exhibits by Mauricio Robalino, Qin Tan, Gillian Nordlund, and Erika Ray; film screenings and popcorn by The Grand Cinema; hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum; and more. The event will include appetizers and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema. Tacoma Arts Month premier sponsors are Click! Cable TV and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Media sponsors include KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly and Weekly Volcano.

Tacoma Arts Month is right around the corner

8 Sep

October 2017 marks the 16th 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.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programming is being added all the time!

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.

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

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 4
    6 – 9 pm
    The Spire, 710 S. Anderson
    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 2017 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority, Monkeyshines, and Michael Haeflinger. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 14 & 15
    11 am – 5 pm
    42 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 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:

2015-16 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

18 Mar

Nine Arts Organizations and 16 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly.

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly. Photo provided by Hilltop Artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to nine Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $40,000 to 16 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $40,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2015-16 biennium.

“Supporting a diverse group of local artists and arts organizations helps build a creative community,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “Funding the arts at multiple levels means our city gives everyone opportunities for meaningful engagement and expression.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

Students from Tacoma Art Museum's after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

Students from Tacoma Art Museum’s after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

The 2015-2016 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and The Grand Cinema.

In 2014, these nine organizations served 500,654 people, provided free admission to 124,209 people, and generated an estimated $9.55 million for the local economy.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass' Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

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 Artists Initiative Program Awards

Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

Author, Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

The 2015-2016 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Saign Charlestein, Jennifer Chushcoff, Matthew Coté, Kristin Giordano, Michael Haeflinger, Whitney Henry-Lester, Christopher Jordan, Jeremy Mangan, Janet Marcavage, Tim Norris, Chandler O’Leary, Isaac Olsen, Nichole Rathburn, Holly Senn, Emilie Shimkus and Gregory Youtz.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include a spoken word album and poetry reading; a podcast series exploring varying perspectives on Tacoma; production of a series of short films showcasing poetry; performance and recording of instrumental and vocal songs; production of a book of poetry and photographs; and the creation and exhibition of two- and three-dimensional visual art including metal art, photography, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, illustrations, and textile and paper sculptures.

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.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O'Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O'Leary.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O’Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O’Leary.

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.

%d bloggers like this: