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Now showing artTown Episode 10

25 Jan

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:

  • Explore the public art inside and outside at People’s Community Center that is helping preserve and share the history of the Hilltop community
  • Learn how the City of Tacoma’s Artist in Residence, Roni Chelben, worked to engage the community through theater, video, and conversations around the causes, challenges and possible approaches to addressing homelessness
  • Meet poet Kevin Miller and learn how his dog Scout has helped him be more observant and grow as an artist
  • Catch Will Jordan and Joe Edwards as they chat about habits for creative growth, artistic integrity, and their own musical journeys

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, socially-engaged work and more.

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

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

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 AM
Wednesdays at 8 AM
Thursdays at 6 PM
Fridays at 8 PM
Saturdays at 5 PM
Sundays at 5 AM

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.

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Community Groups Wanted for Tacoma Murals Project

2 Feb

 

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement painted outdoor murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 14, 2016.

“The strength of the Tacoma Murals Project is its ability to reflect the diverse voices of our community while creating beautiful artworks that can be catalysts for change,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “These murals help create a sense of place and identity, and provide a welcoming entry into our many unique neighborhoods.”

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2016.

Twenty-seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. Photos of these murals are available on the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. Additional information is available from Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


 

If you are a mural artist and would like to lead or assist in painting a mural please check out the companion 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster Call to Artists. Applications from artists are due by March 7, 2016.

 

Mural Artist Roster – Call to Artists

29 Jan
Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting applications from experienced artists or artist teams, working in any artistic style, to lead or assist with the design and implementation of outdoor painted murals in Tacoma in 2016 – 2018. Artists selected through this call to artists will be added to the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster and may be selected for one of several projects, including murals with the Tacoma Murals Project and other mural opportunities.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

Community groups approved for a mural in their neighborhood through the Tacoma Murals Project will select an artist for their site from the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster, with a limit of one mural per artist. Approximately five mural sites will be selected in 2016. Murals at these sites will be painted in spring and summer 2016.

From time to time, the City of Tacoma may have additional opportunities to design and implement outdoor painted murals. The location, scale, timeline and needs for these opportunities will vary by project. When an opportunity arises, the City will consult the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster to select a lead artist appropriate for the project.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Artists selected from the roster will work with the community to design and implement high quality, temporary, outdoor painted murals to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma. Mural designs will be based on the lead artists’ aesthetics and on input from the communities regarding themes or messages. Assistant artists will be paired with a lead artist, as needed. The City will provide mentorship to artists selected from the roster who do not already have extensive outdoor public mural experience.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Lead artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $30 per hour for mural meetings, design and implementation. Assistant artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $15 per hour for mural meetings and implementation.

Applicants must be professional artists, 18 years or older, and reside in Pierce county. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 7, 2016.

Twenty seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. To see photos of these murals, visit the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


If you are part of a community group and have a specific outdoor wall in your neighborhood that you would like considered for a mural in 2016, please check out the companion Tacoma Murals Project Call to Community Groups.  Applications from community groups are due by March 14, 2016.

‘The Hands that Built Tacoma’

11 Sep
Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling.

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling.

What: “The Hands that Built Tacoma” Mural Dedication
Where: below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock St. and S. 11th St.
When: Saturday, September 20, 3 – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free!

In celebration of Tacoma’s working waterfront, Nick Goettling’s “The Hands that Built Tacoma” will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20, from 3 – 3:30 p.m., below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets.

“We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma’s rich history to the City’s art collection,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.  “It’s bold and bright, tells a great story, and gives visual interest to both motorists and pedestrians.”

The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation.  Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.

Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing.  His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at nickalas.com.

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling,

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling,

Nick Goettling selected for mural under Murray Morgan Bridge

21 Apr
Detail of Nick Goettling's 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

Detail of Nick Goettling’s 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

Artist Nick Goettling from Gig Harbor was recently selected in a competitive process to create a site-responsive mural along Dock Street on the concrete wall of the stormwater collection system below the western side of Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge.

Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007, due to safety concerns and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $10,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.

Detail of Nick Goettling's 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

Detail of Nick Goettling’s 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

A review panel, consisting of community members affiliated with the site and Tacoma Arts Commissioners, reviewed the work of 10 artists, selecting three to interview for the final commission. The panel’s recommendation of Goettling was approved by the Tacoma Arts Commission on April 14, 2014.

“The panel was impressed with Goettling’s bold graphic style of painting and his personal connection to the history of the area,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “His emphasis on colorful layers and interest in making the work approachable to all viewers fit the needs of our community.”

Nick Goettling's Winter Migration temporary mural, 2011.

Detail from Nick Goettling’s Winter Migration temporary mural, 2011.

Goettling will continue research of the bridge and history of the area and will connect with members of the local community in developing a mural design. Painting will commence over the summer and the final mural will be completed by the end of October 2014.

Murray Morgan Bridge mural opportunity

16 Jan

DSC_0027The City of Tacoma invites artists and/or artist teams who reside in Washington state’s Pierce, Kitsap or Thurston Counties to submit qualifications for a $10,000 commission to paint a site-responsive mural that reflects the history and/or architecture of the bridge and/or area on the concrete wall of the stormwater collection system underneath the western side of Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge.

Budget: $10,000 (all inclusive of artist fees, materials, supplies, equipment, insurance, travel, taxes, etc.)

Application Deadline: March 14, 2014, midnight

Eligibility
Artist(s) must reside in the South Sound, defined as the following counties of Washington State: Pierce, Kitsap, or Thurston. Applicant may apply as a single artist or as an artist team. Applicant must be professional artist, 18 years or older and not a full-time student.

Prospectus
Check out the prospectus for full details, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

About the Murray Morgan Bridge

The stormwater collection system is located under the west side of the Murray Morgan Bridge at Dock Street and S. 11th Street.

The stormwater collection system is located under the west side of the Murray Morgan Bridge at Dock Street and S. 11th Street.


The Murray Morgan Bridge, also known as the 11th Street Bridge, is a vertical-lift bridge that connects downtown Tacoma with the tideflats, spanning the Thea Foss Waterway. Designed for the City of Tacoma in 1911 by noted bridge engineering firm Waddell & Harrington, the bridge originally opened on Feb. 15, 1913. The structure was unique for lift bridges due to its sloping grade, the high clearance above the water, and the truss between the towers that was designed to carry a water line to the Port.

During the 1930s the bridge became a demonstration center for longshoremen and lumber mill workers seeking union recognition and better wages as well as working conditions.

The Washington State Department of Transportation acquired the bridge in 1957 when 11th Street became State Route 509. Then, in 1982, the bridge was placed in the National Register of Historic Places both because of its designers, Waddell and Harrington of Kansas City, and because it was a unique and early example of a vertical lift bridge.

In 1997, the bridge was named after local author, historian, and journalist Murray Morgan who worked on his book, Skid Road, while working as a tender in the operator’s house on top of the bridge in the 1950s.

After the construction of the new State Route 509 in 1997, the bridge was heading towards demolition until a group of citizens called Save Our Bridge convinced City officials and the State in 2003 to save the bridge.

In 2007, the bridge closed to traffic due to safety concerns and general wear-and-tear the bridge had suffered in its near 100-year lifespan. Then, in 2010, ownership of the bridge was returned to the City and the City began planning the rehabilitation of the bridge. On February 15, 2013, the 100-year anniversary of the bridge’s original opening, the Murray Morgan Bridge was rededicated.

The $57 million rehabilitation of the bridge included a new deck, steel repairs and replacement, new mechanical and electrical systems to raise and lower the lift span, a new elevator and stairs to connect downtown to the west side of the Foss Waterway, and a new coat of black paint, the original color of the bridge.

Original gears that were used to raise and lower the bridge are mounted on top of the west wall of the stormwater collection system. The original capstan, which was used to manually raise and lower the lift span during power outages, is mounted in front of the west wall of the stormwater collection system.

Tacoma Murals Project offers community groups creative solutions to blight and vandalism

29 Apr
Mural at 220 Puyallup Ave. Lead artist: Chris Sharp. Artist team: Kate Cendejas, Yvette Simone, Janice Lee Warren.

Mural at 220 Puyallup Ave. Lead artist: Chris Sharp. Artist team: Kate Cendejas, Yvette Simone, Janice Lee Warren.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to combat blight and vandalism, the Tacoma Murals Project would like to hear from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is May 28, 2013.

“These community-based murals have proven to be positive community catalysts, bringing neighbors together, helping them find common voices, and enlivening areas that were previously neglected,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “It is inspiring to see how artists have been able to work within each community to develop murals that are unique and responsive to the characteristics, stories, history and future of each neighborhood.”

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist/artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

Mural at 5441 South Sheridan. Lead artists: Kenji Stoll, Chris Jordan. Artist team: David Long, Yvette Simone, Chelsea O'Sullivan, Natalie Oswald.

Mural at 5441 South Sheridan. Lead artists: Kenji Stoll, Chris Jordan. Artist team: David Long, Yvette Simone, Chelsea O’Sullivan, Natalie Oswald.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located within Community Based Services areas in Tacoma or sites located in areas without a good representation of public art.

Full project details, and the application, are available online. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

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