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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.

Are you a pluviophile?

9 Feb
Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

What do misty mornings, cranberry bogs, and waterfalls have in common? They are all featured in Jennifer Chushcoff’s new book, WA is Water. Her exploration of water in our state is a visual, scientific, and spiritual journey through native ecosystems large and small. WA is Water encourages audience participation, by sending in submissions to the Rain Glossary, images to the WA is Water Facebook page, and highlighting poems on the topic.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Chushcoff’s triplicate approach to the subject is intriguing and informational. The macro photography lends an intimate feeling which is supported by the poems, while the scientific facts lend an academic credibility to the project. I enjoy the juxtaposition of research and whimsy present in this project and in its creator.

Name the Rain
Do you have a word for a specific kind of rain? If so, post it on the WA is WATER Facebook page. It may end up in the Name the Rain Glossary! You will receive an attribution if your word and definition are selected for the book.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Jennifer Chushcoff’s work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Tacoma Arts Commission member Traci Kelly. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Traci Kelly moved to Tacoma in 2004 and joined the Tacoma Arts Commission shortly after. Her degree is in sculpture, but she appreciates the range of arts the City of Destiny has to offer.

It Takes A Village

7 May

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It Takes a Village is a photographic meditation and found object installation centering on a particular Value Village store once located on Hosmer Street in South Tacoma. Filmmaker, photographer, editor, and collage artist Isaac Olsen worked there in 2011 and 2012. During that time, he took pictures of the mayhem behind the friendly non-profit façade, wrote letters to management urging for the lowering of book prices, and collected over 4,500 discarded personal photographs and works of art, donated knowingly and unknowingly by the citizens of the City of Destiny. 

It Takes A Village showcases the best of these forgotten memories, ranging from the highest to the lowest of our culture. The exhibit mingles these pieces, with a display of Olsen’s original photographs, in a number of fashions for your viewing pleasure.

Village Online misc 5For a $5 cover charge, see the show on Saturday, May 16 and enjoy light snacks, special guests, and a ‘junk installation’ to fully round out the experience. Or swing by on Sunday, May 17 for a free viewing.

What: It Takes A Village: A found photography and art exhibition
Where:
 717 Tacoma Ave South, Suite C
When:
 May 16 & May 17, 2 – 9 pm
Cost:
$5 cover charge on May 16, Free on May 17

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project through Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding. Exhibit space generously provided by Spaceworks Tacoma.

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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.

Funding Available for Tacoma Artists

2 Dec
Carla Barragan, 2013-14 TAIP funding recipient, choreographed Raven and the One who Sits on the Tides.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipient Carla Barragan choreographed Raven and the One who Sits on the Tides.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting 2015-16 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork and present that work through a free public component. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on January 26, 2015.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipient Sarah Gilbert's "Boy with Watermelon". Photo by Jeff Curtis.

2013-14 TAIP funding recipient Sarah Gilbert’s “Boy with Watermelon”. Photo by Jeff Curtis.

“TAIP is a remarkable program and I am proud that the City offers artists the opportunity to develop innovative work for public benefit,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “From traditional art exhibits, music and dance performances, to free ‘how to’ workshops, Tacoma continues to benefit from the creative energy participants contribute to our community.”

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by December 31, 2016.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2011 and 2014 are not eligible to apply.

Please see the TAIP guidelines and application form for full details.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process on December 16, 2014, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 9th floor, Visibility Center Conference Room.

Home

21 May
Sarah Gilbert in the Museum of Glass hot shop. Photo provided by artist.

Sarah Gilbert in the Museum of Glass hot shop. Photo provided by artist.

What do Rochester, NY and Tacoma, WA have in common? Sarah Gilbert has called both places home, and wants to show local citizens what she finds fascinatingly similar about these two gritty cities. It started out as an interest in historical figures that the cities have in common, but grew into a much more personal project. She is interviewing friends and family about their idea of ‘home’ to help develop her new series.

Gilbert is a glassblower and engraver, using her glass as a canvas to illustrate narratives about family in Rochester and friends from Tacoma. Her new series uses a process similar to creating cameos, where the surface is carved away to show contrasting colors below. What makes her work remarkable is not just the practical challenge of using this technique large scale, but also the narrative element. This series includes landscapes or ‘postcards’ from both cities, and portraits of over a dozen friends and family members.

Come and check out some remarkable new glass work, and at the same time get a glimpse into the personal word of a bi-coastal artist.

What: 3000 Miles from Home – an exhibit of cameo engraved blown glass pieces that explore the concept of ‘home’ using  historic and contemporary people and places from Rochester, NY, where Gilbert was born and raised, and Tacoma, WA, where she currently lives.
Where: Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, N. 15th & N. Lawrence Street.
When: Exhibit will open around August 22, 2014
Cost: Free
Meet Sarah:

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Sarah Gilbert’s work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Tacoma Arts Commission member Traci Kelly. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Traci Kelly moved to Tacoma in 2004 and joined the Tacoma Arts Commission shortly after. Her degree is in sculpture, but she appreciates the range of arts the City of Destiny has to offer.

‘Made in Tacoma’ free concert January 11

6 Jan

steighner hi-resWhat: Free concert and CD Release for ‘Made in Tacoma, New Chamber Music for Saxophone’
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma
When: January 11, 1 PM
Admission: Free

Tacoma’s Alea Publishing & Recording announces the January 11, 2014 release of a new CD recording, ‘Made in Tacoma: New Chamber Music for Saxophone,’ featuring local saxophonist Erik Steighner.

A free concert open to the public will take place at the Museum of Glass at 1pm on Saturday, January 11. The program will feature Steighner along with fellow saxophonists Evan Smith and Fred Winkler, and will include both works from the CD (by Greg Youtz, Jeff Tecca, and Erik Steighner) as well as other pieces from the saxophone repertoire (by Paul Hindemith, Barry Cockcroft, and Allan Blank).

CD GraphicThe CD will be available for purchase at the January 11 concert and after that time from the Alea Publishing & Recording website, www.bassclarinet.org, as well as a variety of other online retailers. This recording, made with the support of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s Tacoma Artists Initiative Program, features all–‐Tacoma production, composers and performers:

Recorded August 1 and 5–‐7, 2013 in Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University
Producer: Edwin Powell; Sound Engineer: Patrick Colin Wakefield
Performers: Erik Steighner: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones; Karen Ganz: Piano; Zachary Lyman: Trumpet; Francine Peterson: Bassoon; Evan Smith: Alto Saxophone; Miho Takekawa: Percussion; Fred Winkler: Soprano Saxophone; Brian Yarkosky: Percussion.
Composers: Gregory Youtz, Deborah Anderson, Robert Hutchinson, Jeff Tecca, Clement Reid, Erik Steighner.

Tacoma photos: Kim Davenport, Alea Publishing & Recording
Design/layout: Laurie Davenport, Alea Publishing & Recording

The Ladies of Lyric and Song

7 Nov
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Erin Guinup presents “The Ladies of Lyric and Song”. Photo by Kat Hennessey.

Erin Guinup presents her new one-woman show, “The Ladies of Lyric and Song” on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall.  This performance is free to the public.

“The Ladies of Lyric and Song: A Musical Reflection on the Ground-Breaking Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre” is a unique concert experience, incorporating theatrical elements, fascinating stories, and a wide variety of songs.  The history of 100 years of musical theatre is traced through the words and music of the women who helped shape it.  Music includes operetta, jazz, golden era, folk-rock, and contemporary musical theatre songs.

Directed by local theatre icon Patti Cohenour (Tony-nominated for Big River, Christine Daae in original Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera, and Gregory Award winner for Edith/Little Edie in 5th Avenue’s recent production of Grey Gardens), Guinup is joined on stage by pianist Tim Strong.

Erin Guinup has performed a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles with Tacoma Opera, Rainier Family Opera, Capital Playhouse, Mormon Festival of the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Musetta in La Boheme, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and both Mary and Mary Magdalene in productions of Savior of the World. Guinup earned her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and works as a performer, voice teacher, stage director, conductor, and composer.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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