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Music and Art in Concert

26 Apr

From left to right: One of five paintings depicting the George Washington Bush party traveling to Oregon; painting by Jacob Lawrence. Image courtesy of Washington State Historical Society. Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance); painting by Amy Sherald. Frances and Burton Reifler © Amy Sherald. Treasure-trove by Kelly O’Dell and Raven Skyriver. Courtesy of the artist; photo by Kp Studios.

 

The ability for art and music to move its audience is powerful.  The combination of these two mediums in one setting will be an unprecedented collaboration that is not to be missed at Northwest Repertory Singer’s Celebrating the Arts in Tacoma.

What: Celebrating the Arts in Tacoma concert
Where: Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma
When: Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 7 at 3 pm. Pre-concert lectures start one hour prior to each performance.
Tickets: $15 – $18. Purchase tickets for May 6 here or for May 7 here.

Celebrating the Arts in Tacoma will be a unique musical experience. Presented in three segments, multimedia visual presentations will surround the choir.  Each section of music relates to an exhibit at three major Tacoma museums:

The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

Through May 14, Tacoma Art Museum features a traveling exhibit of contemporary portraiture representing 43 artists from 20 states, including both emerging and internationally known artists.  As the choir sings about the gripping plea for peace of “I Dream a World” by André Thomas or shares the supportive camaraderie of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the strong human spirit and the stories behind these words will be strengthened by the triumphant images of art facing the audience.

Coming to Washington: George Washington Bush

This inspiring exhibit at the Washington State History Museum follows the first immigration path to the state of Washington.  This segment will focus on the importance of art and music within the hearts of the brave pioneers and the rich cultures which inhabit the state we call home. Coupled with Mack Wilberg’s “Wayfarin’ Stranger” and Marta Keen’sHomeward Bound,” these soul-stirring images portray travels through a world of woe to the bright land of promise. 

Into the Deep

Water and sea creatures beckon in this Museum of Glass exhibit.  Fifty-five pieces by nationally and internationally known artists exquisitely express the beauty of marine life in the ocean.  As the mother seal sweetly sings to her pup in Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby” and Gwyneth Walker takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey through a triad of movements in “Three Days by the Sea,” the breathtaking images from this exhibit will deepen your appreciation and awe for the similar and beautiful parallels of marine water and glass. 

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Northwest Repertory Singers and this concert through our Arts Projects funding program.

19 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

27 Dec
Arts Projects funding supports the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

Arts Projects funding supports the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2017 public outreach projects in the fields of theater, visual, dance, music, literary, film, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,000 to $4,500.

“We were blown away by the diverse group of community and arts organizations, several of whom were first-time applicants,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “This is a strong indicator that the arts are thriving in Tacoma. We’re pleased and honored to be able to support these projects for artists and communities throughout the city.”

Arts Projects funding helps support Write253's Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.

Arts Projects funding helps support Write253’s Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, three dance workshop series, one film festival, one theater production, three music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, poetry readings, and visual art exhibits.

Arts Projects funding supports Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. A student from Charles Wright inks a linoleum plate for Steamroller Printing.  Photo by Scott Haydon.

Arts Projects funding supports Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. A student from Charles Wright inks a linoleum plate for Steamroller Printing. Photo by Scott Haydon.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Old Town Business & Professional Association, Destiny City Film Festival, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Morgan Family YMCA, Northwest Repertory Singers, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Salishan Association, Tacoma Concert Band, Toy Boat Theatre, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

The Arts Projects Funding Program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. 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/funding.

20 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

29 Dec
Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2016 Arts Projects funding to 20 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, visual, film, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $5,000.

Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

“These organizations represent a cross section of the incredibly dynamic, thriving arts community in Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “We are thrilled to be able to support projects that will benefit talented artists and diverse audiences throughout the city.”

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, contemporary dance performances, two theater productions, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, poetry readings, visual art exhibits and lectures, and an international film festival.

Revealing a steamroller print, created by Charles Wright Academy, at Wayzgoose. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Revealing a steamroller print, created by Charles Wright Academy, at Wayzgoose. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Assemblage Theater, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Feast Arts Center, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister Cities Council of Tacoma/Pierce County, Sixth Avenue Business District, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Little Theatre, Washington State Historical Society, and Write@253.

The Arts Projects funding program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. 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/funding.

18 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

17 Dec
Community members participate in The Horn Dance, part of Puget Sound Revels' Bromliad event. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Revels.

Community members participate in The Horn Dance, part of Puget Sound Revels’ Bromliad event. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Revels.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2015 Arts Projects funding to 18 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, visual, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $4,600.

Arts Projects funding will help support the 12th year of Monkeyshines - a guerrilla art project happening around Chinese New Year each year. Photo provided by Monkeyshines.

Arts Projects funding will help support the 12th year of Monkeyshines – a guerrilla art project. Photo provided by Monkeyshines.

“Grassroots arts programming consistently reflects Tacoma’s diverse neighborhoods and interests with an emphasis on accessibility,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “We are proud to support this outstanding group of high quality, community-based projects.”

Funded projects include the production of five diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, contemporary and classical dance performances, a theater production, a variety of music performances, poetry readings, arts components to a cultural event, and a community-wide guerrilla art project.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Funded organizations include the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Elements of Education, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Metropolitan Glass, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Puget Sound Revels, Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, Toy Boat Theatre, University of Washington, 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. 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/funding.

Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration

26 Feb

NWRS photoMore than 120 singers will fill the stage when Northwest Repertory Singers and the Tacoma Youth Chorus combine talents for “Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration” Saturday, March 8.

This is the second time these two premiere choral groups have collaborated for a memorable evening of music. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma’s Proctor District.

“Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration” will include a diverse repertoire of songs, including spirituals, a love song based on a text by Sara Teasdale, an ethereal song about sleep, and a humorous piece about commonly used Italian terminology found in music. There will be some fine soloists of all ages, including a performance by a “true diva.”

“Tacoma Youth Chorus is a first-class organization, with great teachers, strong leadership at all levels, and fine accompanists,” said NWRS Artistic Director Dr. Paul Schultz. “Everyone is committed to achieving excellence at the highest artistic level, and that is a perfect match with the mission of NWRS.”

NWRS and TYC will perform individual songs and then combine for several selections to close the concert.

“To see the young singers standing side by side with the NWRS adults, singing with the same passion and joy, will bring tears to the eyes of many,” said Dr. Schultz. “For me, it’s a picture of young people realizing that singing is a lifelong experience.”

NWRS is a 60-voice choral group now in its 13th season. The high-school-age ensembles of Tacoma Youth Chorus include the Young Women’s Choir, the Young Men’s Choir, and the Chorale. The 69 young musicians are led by Judith Herrington, artistic director and founder.

Dr. Schultz and Ms. Herrington will present a half-hour pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. If you’re able, please considering bringing a food donation for the North End FISH food bank.

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets with no service fee or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets are $18 general admission, and $15 for senior/student/military. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are also available by calling 253-265-3042.

Information about Northwest Repertory Singers is available at NWRS.org, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

* The above article is reprinted with permission from Northwest Repertory Singers.*

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

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.

Plans for the Weekend?

8 Mar

We’re being bombarded with announcements for art events this weekend, and have art alerts up the proverbial yin-yang. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, search no further – pencil in a date night, speed dial the sitter, or better yet, pick an activity the whole family can get excited about – from lush chorale music to a reading by a punk poet, Tacoma is flush with choices.

1. Distinguished Writers Series: John Burgess, March 9 at Kings Bookstore
Next up in Kings‘ series of talks by writers of note is Seattle poet John Burgess. A board member at Hugo House and co-conspirator with the Band of Poets, Burgess has published books including Punk Poems, A History of Guns in the Family, and Graffito (all Ravenna Press). He was a Jack Straw co-founder of Burning Word Festival, and is currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey. Burgess grew up in upstate New York, and migrated to Seattle in 1985. He’ll read March 9, 7 pm, at Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens. Info at 253.272.8801 or http://www.kingsbookstore.com.

A scene from the rehearsal of "Rabbit Hole." Photo courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University

2. Down the Rabbit Hole Opening at Pacific Lutheran University, March 9
On Friday, PLU presents the opening night for Rabbit Hole, the third event in its School of Arts and Communication (SOAC) 2011-2012 Focus Series which addresses one theme through different disciplinary lenses. This year’s theme is compassion, and a panel discussion and reception will take place prior to Rabbit Hole‘s opening curtain. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play, which won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a story of loss, heartbreak and forgiveness as a family attempts to move on after a life-shattering accident. This night of drama is presented by SOAC and the PLU Department of Communication and Theatre:
5:30 pm – Theatre Alumni Panel in Ingram 100
6:30 pm – Reception with light refreshments
7:30 pm – Rabbit Hole in the Studio Theater
Other performances March 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm; March 18 at 2 pm. For tickets, call 253.535.7150. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 students with PLU identification. Directions and information: http://www.plu.edu/soac/focus-series/rabbit-hole.php. Information on the 2011-2012 Focus Series: http://www.plu.edu/soac/focus-series/. Continue reading

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