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32 community Arts Projects funded in 2019

20 Dec

2018 Louder Than A Bomb – Tacoma teen poetry slam presented by Write253. Photo provided by Write253.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $100,000 in Arts Projects funding to 32 Tacoma organizations in support of 2019 public outreach projects in the fields of dance, craft, film, music, visual, literary, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,200 to $5,000.

“It is exciting to see such depth and breadth in arts programs that will be happening throughout Tacoma this next year. We are thrilled to be able to financially support this community-based work.” – Heather Conklin, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair

Funded projects include the production of eleven diverse cultural and arts festivals; two visual arts workshop series; an arts and culture podcast series; a screenwriting workshop; two filmmaking projects; a film festival; a historical arts and crafts demonstration series; three visual arts, culture, and music education programs; three dance workshop series and performances; six music performance series; a poetry writing and performance program for youth; and community engagement events.

A successful Monkeyshines hunter shows off their treasure. Photo provided by Monkeyshines.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Channel 253 LLC, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Destiny City Film Festival, Dru Films, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Happy Fox Studio, Hilltop Business Association, Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, King’s Books, Latinx Unidos of the South Sound, Metropolitan Glass, Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma, Peace Works United, Sister Cities Council Of Tacoma, Sixth Avenue Business District, Tacoma Arts Live, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Girls Rock, Tacoma Ocean Fest, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Ted Brown Music Outreach, Vietnamese American Community Association, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

Centro Latino Latin dancers at the 2018 Hilltop Street Fair. Photo provided by Centro Latino.

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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Refugee Stories

1 May

Tacoma Refugee Choir invites you to join in an evening of music and storytelling grounded in themes of hope, heroism and compassion amidst adversity. “Refugee Stories” will feature Tacoma Refugee Choir in collaboration with local artists as they explore songs and stories surrounding refugee experiences and celebrate the invaluable contributions of refugees in the Tacoma community. There will be a brief talkback after the event.

What: “Refugee Stories” multi-media concert
Where: Stewart Middle School, 5010 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
When: Saturday, May 12, 7 pm
Tickets: Admission is free at the door; seating will be on a first-come basis

After hosting two successful Community Sing-Along events, Tacoma Refugee Choir plans to delve deeper into conversations about experiences our refugee community members encounter and accounts of courage and resilience in meeting those experiences. The program will include several original songs composed by refugees within the ensemble as well as dance, original poetry, stories by refugee community members, a guest performance by Caribbean singer Anthony Cole and artwork by Jonathan Hanks.

Tacoma Refugee Choir is a nonprofit music ensemble committed to the mission of building a more welcoming community through song. By creating opportunities for people to come together through music, TRC strives to create a welcoming, supportive network of refugees, immigrants and allies in the Tacoma and surrounding communities.

Announcing the 2018 Arts Projects funding recipients

27 Dec

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts’ ballet folklorico troupe at Roosevelt Elementary.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2018 public outreach projects in the fields of dance, craft, music, visual, literary, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,250 to $5,000.

“Tacoma’s creative community is flourishing, and these grants were quite competitive,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “The recipients reflect a mix of established and new organizations that are collectively elevating this city with dynamic programming. I am particularly excited to be supporting projects that engage a wider variety of underserved communities.”

Du Ly drums and the Red Lion dances during Trung Thu 2017. Photo courtesy of Chùa Phước Huệ Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation and Cultural Center.

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, a historical arts and crafts demonstration series, cultural education programming, two dance workshop series and performances, a program using arts and cultural practice to address food justice, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, and community engagement events.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective,  Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Centro Latino,  Chùa Phước Huệ’s Volunteer Team, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Groundswell Arts Collective, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Latinx Unidos of the South Sound, Metropolitan Glass, Northwest Repertory Singers, Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

In the Spirit Northwest Native Art Market at Washington State History Museum.

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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