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19 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

27 Jan
A duo does a dance routine during the final round of Fab-5's AfterLIFE breakdance battle

A duo does a dance routine during the final round of Fab-5’s AfterLIFE breakdance battle. Photo provided by Fab-5.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2014 Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, film, urban, visual arts and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $4,000.

“The breadth and quality of grassroots arts programming in Tacoma is consistently impressive,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “The range of community-based programs reflects our diverse neighborhoods and interests. We are proud to support this outstanding group of organizations.”

Funded projects include the production of five diverse cultural and arts festivals, visual art programs for families, urban art classes for youth, contemporary and multidisciplinary dance events, a variety of music performances, an international film series, poetry readings and workshops, arts components to a national conference and a community-wide guerrilla art project.

Punch and Judy performance by Kelsey Sample at Ft. Nisqually's Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Ft. Nisqually.

Punch and Judy performance by Kelsey Sample at Ft. Nisqually’s Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Ft. Nisqually.

Funded organizations include the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Metropolitan Glass, MLKBallet, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister City Council of Tacoma, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, the BareFoot Collective, University of Puget Sound, and the Washington State Historical Society.

The Arts Projects funding program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Twenty-three Arts Projects applications were submitted to the Tacoma Arts Commission with requests totaling $92,400.

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/arts.

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the BareFoot Collective Brings Free Dance to Tacoma

5 Nov

tBFC Autumn dances

For its second season, the BareFoot Collective is taking dance out of the theater and sharing it with the public through free performances of Autumn Dances all around Tacoma this November.

The BareFoot Collective dancers are working with several local choreographers, including dancers from PLU, Spectrum Dance Theater and MetroArts, to program 30 – 40 minute line-ups of innovative modern dance including improvisation, contemporary, dance-theatre, and hip-hop works to share with audiences in these non-traditional performance spaces.

“The BareFoot Collective has been creating opportunities for dance in Tacoma since 2008.  We are thrilled to partner with local businesses this fall and bring dance to the people where they are.  Tacomans will not have to go to the theater and buy a ticket to see dance this November – the BareFoot Collective is steppin’ out!,”  says co-director Katie Stricker.

You can catch Autumn Dances at any of the following performances:

Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m – Indochine, 1924 Pacific Ave.
Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m – Indochine, 1924 Pacific Ave.
Nov. 9, 3 p.m. – King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave.
Nov. 10, 3 p.m. – King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave.
Nov. 16, 1 p.m. – Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. South
Nov. 19, 7 p.m. – The Mix, 635 St Helens Ave.
Nov. 21, 7 p.m. – N. Dybevik Co., 1312 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – Abby’s Wine Shop,  743 Broadway

All performances are free.  For further information check out the BareFoot Collective on Facebook or check their website.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Autumn Dances through its Arts Projects funding program.

Art at Work Month kickoff this Monday

25 Oct
What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

Come celebrate with us. You know you want to! Join the Tacoma Arts Commission in a free community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma’s 12th annual Art at Work Month.

Art at Work Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
Monday, October 28

6 – 8:30 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:

the BareFoot Collective will  be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

the BareFoot Collective will be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

music by Taxi Driver
molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College
contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective
urban arts by Fab-5
poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
films by Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan
museum displays and marine life touch tanks

You will even have the opportunity to contribute to Diane Hansen’s soon-to-be-installed public art piece, The Locks, by personalizing a padlock to hang on the installation. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide your sentimental love of Tacoma.

Enjoy appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar while experience the newly-renovated Foss Waterway Seaport including a new public art piece, Lot 411 by Bret Lyon.

Help us honor the 2013 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell will present the awards beginning at 7:15 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Dress warmly – we’ll be over the water and it’s fall.

The Art at Work Opening Party is sponsored by Foss Waterway Seaport and NW Stage. Art at Work Month is generously sponsored by Click! Cable TVThe Greater Tacoma Community FoundationKPLUPremier Media GroupTacoma Weekly, and Weekly Volcano.

Ides of May is coming!

1 May
the BareFoot Collective

the BareFoot Collective

Who: the BareFoot Collective
What: Ides of May dance concert
Where: Theater on the Square, 901 Broadway, Tacoma
When: Saturday, May 11, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15-$20; purchase online, at the Broadway Center box office, or by calling 253-591-5894 

The BareFoot Collective’s (tBFC) Ides of May dance concert is coming again, but this year it is bigger than ever!  tBFC has always prided itself as being a home for movement arts in the South Sound area and in working within the community to make dance accessible to all.  This year they have reached out to give their annual Ides of May dance concert a boost.  Being held on Saturday May 11th, the show will be performed in the beautiful Theater on the Square, thanks to partnership with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

The Ides of May show is known for reaching out to bring the concepts and techniques of dance creation to high school students.  In the past tBFC has only been able to bring their workshop to one high school at a time.  This year, through their venue at Theater on the Square and the support of the community, tBFC is able to reach out to multiple high schools at once, bringing this unique opportunity for creation and performance with a professional company to as many youth as possible.

tBFC’s collaboration for this show does not stop there.  They are excited to be working with local music groups as well.  Michael Hoover, co-director of tBFC, is creating a dance piece to his love of punk music, and in particular Tacoma’s own Girl Trouble.  “I like the challenge of doing something different, something that challenges what is expected and what is ‘normal,'” said Hoover.  Established in 1984, Girl Trouble are a main stay in Tacoma, self producing and creating music their own way.   

This year’s concert will also include the music of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, a talented trio branded as “cosmic-folk-rock”.  “It is amazing to find music that inspires you to move and create,” said Stephanie Pederson, co-director of tBFC.  “How lucky to have such a talented group of musicians in the Pacific Northwest that want to support dance and local organizations through the sharing of their art.”

This diverse show also features the live music of Nathaniel Dybevik, original work from Serendip Dance Brigade, the choreography of Carla Baragan of BQDanza, Serena River, and dancers from PLU.

the BareFoot Collective is Dancing into Fall

5 Nov

The BareFoot Collective (tBFC) has a new vision for its annual fall concert: they are taking dance out of the theatre and sharing it with the public through free performances all around Tacoma! tBFC is partnering with businesses and public spaces to host these free dance performances:

Wednesday, November 7th, 6 pm at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave
Thursday, November 8th, 7 pm at Indochine, 1924 Pacific Ave
Wednesday, November 14th, 7 pm at The Mix, 635 Saint Helens Ave
Thursday, November 15th, 7 pm at Indochine, 1924 Pacific Ave
Friday, November 16th, 8 – 9:30 pm – Cork Wine Bar, 606 North State St
Saturday, November 17th, 3 pm – Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South

tBFC dancers are working with seven local choreographers to program 30-40 minute line-ups of innovative modern dance including improvisation, contemporary, dance-theatre, butoh-inspired, and body percussion works to share with audiences in these non-traditional performance spaces.

“We are thrilled to partner with local businesses this fall and bring dance to the people where they are. Tacomans will not have to go to the theater and buy a ticket to see dance this November – the BareFoot Collective is steppin’ out!” says co-director Katie Stricker.

All performances are free. For further information please check out the BareFoot Collective’s website, on Facebook, or by calling 206-745-0492.

The Ides of May is Nearing!

7 May

The world of art is in constant evolution and, on a daily basis, new terms and forms emerge while old ones are revisited. For those of us who choose to dance with our creative instincts, our place in this world is seen through the lens of movement. The Barefoot Collective extends this call to movement to you, to all bodies moving through this space and reaching for Spring: “The Ides of May is nearing!” Come, walk, run, skip, ride to 915 Broadway where the Broadway Center’s, new black box theatre, Studio 3 will host a celebration of movement with The Barefoot Collective on May 12th and 13th.
 
The Ides of May will feature Northwest movement artists performing original creations inspired by a spectrum of life experiences, love to loss, reality to dream, and work to play. These original pieces reveal a depth of content, emotion and movement understanding. The Barefoot Collective works hard to keep the local modern dance wheel turning by consistently hatching new ideas and growing from past ones. “Artistic creation is a continual process, a constant learning experience, one that is fueled by the opportunity to share ones work with an audience.  I think it is in performing and sharing the work that a dance really takes shape,” said April Nyquist, Co-Director of The Barefoot Collective. 

This year the current four co-directors of The Barefoot Collective have invited 3 guest choreographers to add their vision to the show. In an effort to present a diversity of ideas on what dance means in the Pacific Northwest, The Barefoot Collective has invited choreographers that will provide a varied and nuanced understanding of movement, and are both experienced and emerging artists in the form.


 
Location is essential to the dance performance experience, whether a piece is outdoor, site-specific or housed in a professional theater.  The Barefoot Collective is honored to be the first performing arts group to present works in the newly renovated Studio 3 of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. “It is great to see the renaissance of Tacoma growing to a place that supports theatre and dance companies with high quality professional venues.  It says a lot about Tacoma on the verge!,” said Katie Stricker, Co-Director of the Barefoot Collective.  
 
And, as a bonus, those attending the May 13 show, which falls on Mother’s Day, will receive a little gift from the Collective as well.

Ides of May is supported by Washington State Arts CommissionTacoma News Tribune, and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Who: the BareFoot Collective
What:
Ides of May
Where: 915 Broadway,Tacoma. In Studio 3 (enter the silver elevator, space is on the 3rd floor)
When: May 12 at 3pm and 7:30pm, May 13 at 3pm
Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 student, senior, military.
Available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended. 

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