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2017-18 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

22 Mar

Hilltop Artists Team Production student, Dawntae, marvering hot glass. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists

10 Arts Organizations and 18 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $45,000 to 18 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $33,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2017-2018 biennium.

“Tacoma’s arts community is thriving,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “With these grants, we are honored to support our major arts institutions and independent artists in engaging, enlightening, and inspiring their communities as well as audiences from the Puget Sound and beyond.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

From Tacoma Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Opera.

The 2017-2018 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In 2016, nine of these organizations served 506,909 people, provided free admission to 130,181 people, and generated an estimated $9.67 million for the local economy.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

The Red Chador: Threshold
public performance-installation by Anida Yoeu Ali. Photo courtesy of Anida Yoeu Ali.

The 2017-2018 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Anida Yoeu Ali, Travis Barker, Priscilla Dobler, Daniel Garcia, Antonio Gomez, Mark Hoppmann, Maria Jost, Anne Lyman, Kevin Miller, Elise Richman, Mauricio Robalino, Jessica Spring, Nicholas Stokes, Kenji Stoll, Masahiro Sugano, Qin Tan, Collin Veenstra, and Ben Wildenhaus

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include: production and screening of a live action short film; production of two music albums paired with public performances and a workshop; writing a book-length poetry manuscript with an accompanying reading; writing and staged reading of a one-act play; music performances on a portable stage; an exploration of the intersection of music and culture, including a bilingual workshop; a multi-media performance of early music; three multimedia temporary public art installations; and the creation and exhibition of visual art including a series of handmade books, illustrations, paintings, mixed-media pieces, letterpress art, and poster art.

From DUELS, by Nick Stokes, directed by José Amador. Pictured: Daniel Christensen and Carter Rodriquez. Photo by Andrea Sassenrath.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two 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.

Sixth episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’ TV show now available

31 May
Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright of eTc

Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright of eTc

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – has begun airing a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Ms. Monkey gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Monkeyshines

Ms. Monkey gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Monkeyshines

In this episode:

  • Explore the robust theater education programming at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Youth Theatre, and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous group of artists have been spreading joy and a sense of community through Monkeyshines.
  • Hear how Tacoma Jazz Association and JazzClubsNW are bringing world-class live jazz performances and education opportunities to Tacoma.
  • Learn how eTc, FameTakers, and Ryan Loiselle are all doing their part to spread local pride through their lines of Tacoma-themed apparel.
  • Painter and sculptor Asia Tail opens her studio at 1120 Creative House and finds inspiration in the natural world and her Native heritage.
  • Theatrical producer Aya Hashiguchi shares the inspiration behind some of the plays she writes and produces for Dukesbay Productions.
Aya Hashiguchi of Dukesbay Productions draws inspiration from her daily coffee

Aya Hashiguchi of Dukesbay Productions draws inspiration from her daily coffee house experience

Launched in October 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, architecture and more.

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

YouTube:
Watch the full episode anytime: https://youtu.be/XGWYvNBmWNw

Kareem Kandi of Tacoma Jazz Association and Danny Kolke of JazzClubsNW

Kareem Kandi of Tacoma Jazz Association and Danny Kolke of JazzClubsNW

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

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.

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes flight at TMP

11 Dec

Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s rendition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a delight for all ages. I was able to attend the December 5th showing with my six-year-old in tow, and we both hummed and sang along with all of the songs. Luckily for us, everyone around us did too.

Gunnar Ray as Jeremy Potts, and Amelia Stiles as Jemima Potts showcased fantastic young talent. They had wonderful presence on-stage, and played the role of siblings well. Stephen Bucheit, as Caractacus Potts had good report with both his stage children and his on-stage love interest Truly Scrumptious, played by Allyson Jacobs-Lake.

The Baroness Bomhurst (Dana Johnson) and Baron Bomhurst (John Kelleher) played up the levity of the musical, adding just the right humor and zing for all of the adults in the audience, while having the physical comedy to make the children laugh along as well. The star of the show however, was definitely Chitty Chitty Bang Bang herself though. This fantastical car took on its own life, driving, floating, and even flying. All of the children in the audience thought that the car was actually moving (thanks to the amazing footwork of the supporting cast).

The audience was very engaged throughout both acts. I was a bit hesitant to see the length of the musical in regards to my little one, but she was happily entertained the entire time. As I looked through the audience at intermission, all of the other younger patrons were also excited to see the remainder of the show. Everyone was even encouraged at the end to sing along with the entire cast.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang continues through December 20.

 

COMING UP NEXT
What: A Charlie Brown Christmas
About:  Tacoma Musical Playhouse puts on a live-action performance of the classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Proceeds from this event go towards funding scholarships for Camp TMP Youth Honor Camp.
Where: Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Avenue
When: December 19 @ 11 am, December 20 @ 6 pm, December 21 @ 7 pm, December 22 @ 7 pm, December 23 @ 7 pm, December 24 @ 2 pm
Tickets: $10, available online or by calling (253) 565-6867
The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Tacoma Musical Playhouse through the Arts Anchor Fund.

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Tac Art Comm Retreat This review was written by Heather Conklin. Heather is an art teacher at Lincoln High School and has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since January 2015.

2015-16 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

18 Mar

Nine Arts Organizations and 16 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly.

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly. Photo provided by Hilltop Artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to nine Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $40,000 to 16 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $40,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2015-16 biennium.

“Supporting a diverse group of local artists and arts organizations helps build a creative community,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “Funding the arts at multiple levels means our city gives everyone opportunities for meaningful engagement and expression.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

Students from Tacoma Art Museum's after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

Students from Tacoma Art Museum’s after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

The 2015-2016 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and The Grand Cinema.

In 2014, these nine organizations served 500,654 people, provided free admission to 124,209 people, and generated an estimated $9.55 million for the local economy.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass' Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

Author, Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

The 2015-2016 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Saign Charlestein, Jennifer Chushcoff, Matthew Coté, Kristin Giordano, Michael Haeflinger, Whitney Henry-Lester, Christopher Jordan, Jeremy Mangan, Janet Marcavage, Tim Norris, Chandler O’Leary, Isaac Olsen, Nichole Rathburn, Holly Senn, Emilie Shimkus and Gregory Youtz.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include a spoken word album and poetry reading; a podcast series exploring varying perspectives on Tacoma; production of a series of short films showcasing poetry; performance and recording of instrumental and vocal songs; production of a book of poetry and photographs; and the creation and exhibition of two- and three-dimensional visual art including metal art, photography, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, illustrations, and textile and paper sculptures.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O'Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O'Leary.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O’Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O’Leary.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two 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.

“The Sound of Music” returns – long live Julie Andrews

22 Nov
If you love The Sound of Music and know the words to every song; if you played the original Rodgers and Hammerstein vinyl until it was worn thin (you know who you are); if you think dirndls deserve a second chance; then this is your weekend as not one but TWO Sound of Music productions are in town!

Image courtesy of BCPA

For one day only, Saturday, November 24, the Broadway Center presents The Sound of Music Sing Along followed by the 67th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. See the original 1965 movie on the big screen and sing to your heart’s delight with the Von Trapp family. This event promises to be the coolest thing since Handel’s Sing-It-Yourself Messiah! Film screens at 2 pm at the Pantages. Tickets: $24. At 5:30 pm, it’s time for the annual holiday tree lighting outside the Pantages – a Tacoma tradition for more than six decades, and it’s free. Broadway Center, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Phone 253.591.5890. http://www.broadwaycenter.org

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The Sound of Music was the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, and remains one of the world’s most beloved musicals. You can catch it at Tacoma Musical Playhouse (TMP) now through December 16.

Image courtesy of TMP

TMP has put together a memorable production of this family classic. “Maria” will be played by Marissa Ryder, whom theatergoers may remember from TMP’s productions of South Pacific and Nine; the “Captain” will be played by TMP newcomer Jonathan Bills. The supporting cast includes Karen Early Evans and Lisa Ganung alternating in the role of the “Mother Abbess”, and two casts of Von Trapp children. Little “Gretl” from a production 10 years ago, Sophia Lewis, returns in this production as “Liesl”.

The matinee shows are popular and TMP has already added an extra 2 pm performance on Saturday, November 24th. All seats are reserved, and advanced purchase is recommended. Group Rates are available.

Click here for more information and to order tickets online.

Chicago!

14 Sep

Tacoma Musical Playhouse opens its 19th season of award-winning musical theater with the long-awaited, much-anticipated production of Chicago!

The award-winning Kander & Ebb musical will finally be presented as only TMP can. In Roaring Twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart (played alternately by TMP’s Kristin Burch & Lauren Nance) murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row Roxie and another murderess, Velma Kelly (Candi Hall), join forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

TMP is hosting a free preview presentation, Behind the Curtain! at TMP on Sunday, September 23 at 7 pm where you can learn more about the show and the production.

Who: Tacoma Musical Playhouse
What: Chicago!
Where: Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Avenue
When: September 28 – October 21, 2012. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, and Saturday Matinees at 2 pm on October 6th, 13th and 20th
Tickets: $29 adults; $27 seniors/students/military. $20 student rush available opening weekend;  group rate available for groups of 10 or more. All seating is reserved; advance purchase is strongly recommended. Not recommended for youth under age 13.
Contact: For tickets or more information, please visit www.tmp.org or call the TMP Box Office at 253-565-6867.

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Looking ahead, here’s info on TMP’s 2012-13 season:

TMP Mainstage
Chicago – September 28 – October 21, 2012
The Sound of Music – November 23 – December 16, 2012
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) – January 18 – February 10, 2013
Legally Blonde – April 5 – 28, 2013
9 to 5: The Musical – May 17 – June 9, 2013
Ragtime, The Musical – July 5 – 28, 2013

All shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm. Saturday at 2:00 pm final two weekends of each show or as advertised

Tacoma Children’s Musical Theater at TMP
These performances are Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm. Mid-week School Group Matinee performances as scheduled.

Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day – November 3 – 11, 2012
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – February 16 – 26, 2013
Freckleface Strawberry – March 9 – 19, 2013

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