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Invest your passion for the arts in Tacoma

1 Oct

Individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and/or performing arts are invited to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission. If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the following positions on the Tacoma Arts Commission:

  • One At-Large position – A person representative of acknowledged accomplishment or persons working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrate a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities
  • Two Professional positions – Persons with professional experience or training related to the arts, originating from employment or study within the following disciplines: arts or art history, arts administration, architecture, art criticism, art education, curation, conservation, heritage arts, literature, music, new media, performing arts, public arts, visual arts, or a related field.
  • One Working Professional Artist position– A person working as professional artist

The Commission consists of 15 volunteer members who are appointed by the Economic Development Committee and confirmed by the City Council to serve three-year terms. Members are Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the Municipal Art Program. The Commission’s functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.

Monthly meetings are held from 5 – 7 PM on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens Ave., 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one panel each year. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the Commission funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the Commission produces.

The Tacoma Arts Commission strongly supports inclusion, equity and access. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, October 15, 2018. Please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or stop by the City Clerk’s Office, located at 733 Market St., Rm 11, Tacoma, WA 98402, in Tacoma Municipal Building North.

Additional information on the Tacoma Arts Commission is available on the City’s website or from Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

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Kaleidoscope: Celebrate Art and Community

14 Sep

Start off your October with an evening of creative fun at the historic Normanna Hall in Hilltop neighborhood!

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks, Kaleidoscope is the official kick off party for Tacoma Arts Month. This free and family-friendly event is full of dance, art, activities, music, and much more!

Kaleidoscope Opening Party
October 3rd, 2018
6 PM – 9 PM
Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th Street

The festivities begin with the AMOCAT Arts Award ceremony at 6pm sharp. Snack on some delicious appetizers and enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar provided by Jonz Catering, or enjoy an evening coffee provided by Anthem Coffee.

We’ll keep the party going until 9pm with performances and hands-on activities from artists and organizations such as: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, The BareFoot Collective, The Grand Cinema, Jordani Sarreal, Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, DJ SmokeywonderTacoma Art MuseumTacoma Refugee ChoirTacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and TeenTix. Pop-up art exhibits will be installed by several Tacoma artists, including Jasmine Brown, Maria Jost, Nori Kimura, Spaceworks Tacoma Links to Opportunity Project, and prints provided by Wayzgoose.


AMOCAT Arts Awards

The 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at 6pm by Mayor Victoria Woodards, and City Council Members Lillian Hunter and Keith Blocker.
The award recipients are:
Jackie Casella – Community Outreach by an Individual
Tacoma Little Theatre – Community Outreach by an Organization
MultiCare Health System – Arts Patron

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the event details and the full art events calendar for October 2018.


Kaleidoscope Sponsors

We could not provide this wonderful and free event without the support of our sponsors:

NW Stage, LLC
Spaceworks
Norden Lodge #2 – Sons of Norway
HOLDstudios
The Grand Cinema
Anthem Coffee Company


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

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

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

Nominations sought for 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Jun
AMOCAT Arts Award

AMOCAT Arts Award illustration designed by Chandler O’Leary

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 3, 2018.

The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee. Mayor Victoria Woodards will present the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Oct. 3, 2018.

Award Categories:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual– Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization– Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron– A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

To Make a Nomination:

Fill out the online nomination form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. You must create a Submittable account in order to complete the form.

Past Award Winners:

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Michael Haeflinger, Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, Jessica Spring, Connie K. Walle, and Christopher Paul Jordan.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Monkeyshines, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Public Library, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Tacoma Housing Authority, Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, University of Washington Tacoma, and Metro Parks Tacoma.

More Information:

More information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards is available at cityoftacoma.org/amocat.

Summer SOULstice

6 Jun

The public is invited to join Kellie Richardson, Tacoma’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate, for Summer SOULstice, an event at the intersection of creativity, community and commerce.

“June 21st marks summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities. The work featured will carry themes of awakening and healing, personal connection to Earth and spirit, as well as the thread of human experience that connects us all. The weight of historical oppression, generational trauma has never diminished the indelible joy, creativity, innovation and pride of those on the margins. SOULstice underscores this victory.” – Kellie Richardson

What: Summer SOULstice
Where: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free! RSVP requested at bit.ly/SOULsticeRSVP

Featured performers will include:

  • Thy Nguyễn – poet, artivist and former Tacoma Poet Laureate
  • Olivia Thomas – vocalist and visual artist
  • Hybrid – local funk and soul band featuring celebrated bassist Annie Jones-Barnes

Painter and muralist Tiffanny Hammonds will create a live painting during the performances. In addition, an exhibit space and artist market will feature work from local artists and entrepreneurs. Work will include every medium and price range. Artists currently scheduled to exhibit work are: Nori Kimura, Collin Veenstra, Darishma Alphonse, Nina Vichayapai, Andre Pace, Andrew Lui Robinson, Christina Butcher/Blue Cactus Press, Amanda Drewniak, Kemba Opio, Sojourner Duxbury, Amelia Foster, Apple Cox, MiYoung Margolis, Chardanae, Elizabeth Archer Klein, and Kellie Richardson.

Tacoma Art Museum’s teen council, F.O.A.M., will also host an all-ages printmaking workshop during the event. For more information and free tickets, visit bit.ly/SOULsticeRSVP.

Summer SOULstice is produced in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum, the Tacoma Arts Commission and the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Let’s Talk, Tacoma! Part 2

23 May

Photo by Jason Farris, Frankly Cinematics, LLC.

The Tacoma Arts Commission and the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County invite the public to gather for the second Creative Community Conversations event on Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way in Tacoma. This free public event will include facilitated break-out sessions and discussions focused on “Tacoma Creates” – an initiative to expand arts, heritage, science and cultural experiences throughout Tacoma, reduce barriers to access, and increase offerings for youth after school and in the summer. The event will also include an overview from the Jan. 24 Creative Community Conversations event.

“Tacoma Creates’ has the potential to be a transformative, powerful tool for community enrichment and equity throughout Tacoma, but we need to hear from you about the role you or your organization could play in this process. What do you need to make Tacoma a more dynamic place to live and thrive? Help us build on the momentum from our first meeting by contributing your collective vision and energy to this event.”
– Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney

Community input and insights from this event will help inform the development of the “Tacoma Creates” initiative. This event is part of a continued effort to nurture an authentic and vibrant arts community reflective of the voices and talents throughout Tacoma.

What: Creative Community Conversations: Tacoma Creates
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way
Cost: Free and open to the public

This event is hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Supervised children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

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

2017 by the numbers

13 Mar

Arts, culture, and creativity are essential keys to Tacoma’s unique and distinctive identity. The Tacoma Arts Commission and the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality are proud to nurture our city’s creative ecosystem, providing support to our artists and organizations as well as opportunities for all of our residents and visitors to access and participate in the arts.

The City’s investments in arts and culture have far-reaching impacts on our community; here’s an overview of what was accomplished in 2017:

 

You can read more about what was accomplished in 2017 here.

Find out more about how the Tacoma Arts Commission serves our community at cityoftacoma.org/arts.

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.

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