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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.

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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.

Cosi fan tutte at Tacoma Opera

30 Oct

Who: Tacoma Opera in collaboration with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
What: Cosi fan tutte
Where: Rialto Theater
When: November 2 at 8 pm & November 4 at 2 pm
Tickets: $25 – $66.  Visit the Tacoma Opera website for ticket information

Tacoma Opera opens their 2012-2013 Season with Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.Unquestionably Mozart’s most intimate and personal opera, Cosi fan tutte is a domestic comedy about real people dealing with a very unusual situation. Two lovely, but naïve young women are tricked and manipulated by their lovers into switching partners; however, the women somehow maintain their innocence and dignity in spite of the men’s outrageous shenanigans. Mozart’s musical genius shines through and permeates this opera with a sunny cheerfulness that is bound to make you beam. 

Tacoma Opera’s General Director, Noel Koran, remarked “I want to start my first full season as General Director of Tacoma Opera with an opera that is light and celebratory. In Cosi fan tutte, we have an opera that is not only light and celebratory, but also personal and intimate, which is exactly the kind of production that Tacoma Opera is known for.”

With this production Noel Koran will be making his stage directing debut for the company. The assembled cast includes several Pacific Northwest residents, including Kenmore, Washington native, soprano Abigail Mitchell who will be singing the role of Fiordiligi, and soprano Jenny Shotwell, who returns to Tacoma Opera this year as Despina. Mezzo-soprano Caitlin Mathes will debut with the company in the role of Dorabella. Completing the cast is bass baritone Rubin Casas as Don Alfonso, the cynic who sets the whole story in motion; tenor Jorge Garza as Ferrando and baritone Jose Rubio as Guglielmo, the two lovers of Fiordiligi and Dorabella.

Leading the production musically, will be Maestro Keith Clark, who is making his Tacoma Opera debut. Maestro Clark, the Artistic Director of the Astoria Music Festival, has recorded extensively.  He currently divides his time between Southern California, Austria and Oregon where he also founded the Portland Annual SummerFest Opera. In a first for Tacoma Opera, Maestro Clark will be leading the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in this long-awaited collaboration between these two premiere regional performing arts organizations.

“We are  thrilled and excited to partner with the excellent Tacoma Opera,” said Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director, Andrew Buelow. “It will give the public an opportunity to see us both in a new light. We hope to pique people’s interest: to make the TSO’s audience curious to check out Tacoma Opera and vice versa.  We don’t compete with each other, we complement each other.”

Cosi fan tutte will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage. There will be a  free lecture about the opera given by Dr. Norman Heimgartner an hour before each performance.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Tacoma Opera and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund program.

La Bohème: From the Streets of Paris to Tacoma

17 Mar

WHO: Tacoma Opera with chamber ensemble
WHAT: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini; Italian with English subtitles
WHERE: Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St. in Tacoma
WHEN: Friday, March 30, 8 pm – Sunday, April 1, 2 pm
ADMISSION:$12.50-$64. Info at 253-627-7789. Download an order form OR order online from the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (visit the website for details).

Turn up the drama - check out a Tacoma Opera production! Here, a scene from "The Marriage of Figaro." Photo: Peter Serko

Paris like you’ve never seen it. If you’re a fool for heaving drama set to ravishing music, you’ll love the Tacoma Opera production of La  Bohème. Tacoma’s own opera company is presenting Puccini’s opus about the lives, loves and sorrows of a group of struggling young artists in the bohemian district of Paris in an updated retelling of the classic story. La Bohème is a work of endless appeal – one of the greatest love stories in all of opera, it takes on new forms to beguile each new generation of audiences. It premiered in 1896 in Turin, Italy; was reinvented during the silent movies of the 1920s, stormed Broadway as Rent in 1996, and reemerged yet again as a “Broadway Bohème” for the new millenium.

By moving the story to Paris in 1947, Tacoma Opera promises a fresh reading of this classic opera of love and loss. Get ready for a Bohème unlike any you have seen before!

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