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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.

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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.

An Evening of Russian Poetry

15 Aug

Last Friday, I spent a wonderful night listening to Russian Poetry translated by Jamie Olson, a literary Professor from Saint Martin’s University as part of Puget Sound Poetry Connection’s Distinguished Writer Series.

There were several other local literary artists reading old and new pieces and works of poetry from their books and some had journals or files or just a piece of paper but they were all there for the same reason, to listen contently to the language of poetics.

The Puget Sound Poetry Connection is a small grassroots group, spearheaded by Connie Walle, who has been organizing this cohort of dedicated supporters for 25 years. It is always a full house at King’s Books on the second Friday of each month.

The featured artist, Jamie Olson read several short works of translations of Timur Kibirov’s Greek and Roman Catholic Songs and Nursery Rhymes, which was fascinating because you could hear the rhymes, beats, and patterns in both languages, when he translated the readings from English to Russian and then back to English. To top it all off, he spent extra time to meet and greet with those of us who wished to stay and learn more about his work.

During the Open Mic, there was another standout reading in Chinese and English by a graduate student, Michael Gray, that was touching and one of my favorites.

I think the highlight of the evening for me was the personal homage Olson made to “Dog’ and “Spleen” in English that were so entertaining and unique, you had to marvel and laugh at the same time.

If you love to write poetry or just listen to it, I highly recommend this series. And it’s free to the public! You can check it out next month, on September 12th at King’s Books. I know you will truly enjoy this event — it is worth spending a Friday night in the company of good literary talent. Don’t be shy, bring a poem to read!

COMING UP

What: The Distinguished Writer Series and Open Mic
Where: King’s Books, 218 St. Helens
When: Second Friday of every month, 7 pm
Cost: Free
More information:  www.pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org, 253.471.8804

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Puget Sound Poetry Connection through Arts Projects funding.

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Tacoma Art Commission 2014This review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission member Wanda Thompson. Wanda’s involvement with the Tacoma Arts Commission goes back to 1976; in that time she has worked as both a commissioner and staff coordinator. She is a strong advocate for the arts in Tacoma with a desire to help create an active and informed community for artisans, supporters, and appreciators. Wanda’s desire is to help sustain arts education, programs, and projects for our future generations while preserving our history.

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.

Distinguished Poet steps up to the mic

12 Apr
On the second Friday of every month, Puget Sound Poetry Connection hosts the Distinguished Writers Series at which a poet of note reads his or her work. An open mic follows – you can come to listen or contribute. This Friday, Marjorie Rommel takes on the title of Distinguished Poet.

Marjorie Rommel

Marjorie sounds like the kind of person we’re interested in meeting. Just take a look at this bio (courtesy of King’s Bookstore): Marjorie lives in Auburn, 10 blocks from the house she was born to. She has worked as a greasy spoon waitress, camp cook, de facto whistle punk and logging truck driver, newspaper reporter/editor, publicist, university writing instructor, and – briefly – as receptionist for a hypnosis clinic: The kids were hungry.

Her work has appeared in Pontoon, Midwest Poetry Review, Mochila Review, riverbabble, Mr. Cogito, Signal International and other literary magazines, and in several anthologies, including Ghost in the Garden (GodZillah Gospel Press), Voices in the Trees (Jasmine/Evergreen Press 1989), and Jump Start: A Northwest Renaissance Anthology (Steel Toe Books, 2009).

Here’s a sampling of one of Marjorie’s pieces:

The Booming Marsh

The Booming Marsh
is no marsh at all––a wild
meadow where my children
their children & grandchildren flit
like bright birds among mountain
huckleberries, fruit & leaves brilliant
in late summer
––this path is new to me, steep
uncompromising, the children
unseen around & ahead of me; I hear
their shrill laughter––they are very
young again, Anna too: barefoot
toddler in a blue dress
––heedless, they fly above the high
trail that leads across sunlit clearings
to strange martial music: staccato
of seed heads the wind beats
against hollow reeds standing
& fallen
––sound of war
of a hundred dark kettle drums
beating
& beating

Who: Puget Sound Poetry Connection
What: Distinguished Writers Series featuring Marjorie Rommel
When: Friday, April 13, 7 pm
Where: King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma
Info: Admission is FREE! Sign up for open mic at 6:30 pm.

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

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