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Tacoma Arts Month 2018 is Almost Here!

11 Sep

October 2018 marks the 17th 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.

Events Calendar
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programs are added to the calendar each week!

E-newsletter
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.

#TacomaArtsMonth Reverse Scavenger Hunt 
From September through October, we’ll be posting questions and photos about upcoming Tacoma Arts Month events on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Participants who post the correct answer to the questions within 24 hours of the posting will be entered to win prizes from a local arts organizations!

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

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 3
    6 – 9 pm
    Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th
    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 2018 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by the Sons of Norway – Norden Lodge #2, and sponsored by Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema, HOLDstudios, and Anthem Coffee.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 13 & 14
    11 am – 5 pm
    47 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of over 80 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:

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADEKNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

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Let’s Talk, Tacoma!

10 Jan

The Tacoma Arts Commission invites all artists, makers, arts and culture organizations, and other creatives to gather for a Creative Community Conversations event on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at SKY Creative, 1120 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. This free public event will include facilitated break-out sessions and discussions designed to encourage participants to “dream big” while identifying gaps and barriers that could be mitigated by an infusion of resources.

“There is a citywide opportunity to dramatically increase funding for arts, heritage, science and culture in Tacoma. We want to hear from creatives in our community to understand current needs, desires and concerns as we shape the future of service, funding and program delivery.”
– Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts Administrator

Community input and insights from this event will help inform the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality and the Tacoma Arts Commission’s planning and efforts to advance Tacoma as a community that celebrates and supports the rich contributions of creatives from every sector, neighborhood, age and ethnicity.  This event is part of continued efforts to nurture an authentic and vibrant arts community reflective of the voices and talents throughout Tacoma.

What: Creative Community Conversations
When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6 p.m.
Where: SKY Creative, 1120 Pacific Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public

This event, hosted by SKY Creative, is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma and the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County. Supervised children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Tacoma at 2016 Etsy Maker Cities Summit

11 May

Etsy-Maker-City-SummitChampioning a new model for economic prosperity thanks to a growing number of creative micro-entrepreneurs – or “makers” – who have worked with local government to achieve success, Tacoma has been selected by Etsy to attend the 2016 Etsy Maker City Summit. Tacoma is one of just 13 cities, selected from hundreds of applicants across the United States and Canada, to achieve this honor.

“An Etsy Maker City recognizes that local manufacturing puts people and ideas at the center of commerce, and empowers them to build creative businesses on their own terms,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “This approach helps ensure that economic opportunity is inclusive and promotes entrepreneurship.”

Consulting session with Tacoma Manufacturing. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Manufacturing.

Consulting session with Tacoma Manufacturing. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Manufacturing.

On May 12 and 13, Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride, Stephen Jones of Tacoma Manufacturing, and Tim and April Norris of Tim+April will join 12 other “maker” communities at the Etsy Maker Summit in Brooklyn, NY.  The summit is designed to bring together creatives, and local governments supportive of their creative community, for the purpose of creating actionable initiatives to bring home and implement throughout the year.

“Stephen and Tim+April each applied separately, and shared their great talent and the support that the City of Tacoma provides to creatives through Spaceworks and other innovative programs,” said McBride. “We are honored to be selected.  Tacoma has such a rich foundation of talent, as well as a history of creating and manufacturing, and we want to take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Continuing Tacoma’s tradition of fine manufacturing, Jones designs and produces handcrafted goods in a co-working space located in the Nalley Valley.  He started his company, Tacoma Manufacturing, with a salvaged industrial sewing machine purchased from a military auction.  Jones now designs and manufactures products for a variety of brands, including his original brand, Black Anchor.

Tacoma Heart Map, designed by Tim Norris. Photo courtesy of Tim+April.

Tacoma Heart Map, designed by Tim Norris. Photo courtesy of Tim+April.

The Norris’s, a creative couple and the parents of twins, bring their backgrounds in design, architecture, art and music to make art and design objects for individuals and families who live a life of adventure.

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods.

Etsy has a large, active and diverse global community of “maker” businesses. Etsy Maker Cities were selected based on a number of criteria, including community involvement, project ideas and alignment with the Make Cities initiative, which seeks to reimagine creative commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

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