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Tacoma Arts Month is right around the corner

8 Sep

October 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programming is being added all the time!

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

#TacomaArts Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the #TacomaArts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. Make sure your post is public. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 4
    6 – 9 pm
    The Spire, 710 S. Anderson
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2017 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority, Monkeyshines, and Michael Haeflinger. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 14 & 15
    11 am – 5 pm
    42 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

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Celebrate 15 Years of Tacoma Arts Month

7 Sep

artsmonth_foremailOctober 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages, taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

Tacoma Arts Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • 2015_openingparty_dance2Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
    September 29
    6 – 9 pm
    Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2016 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and Christopher Paul Jordan. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, and hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

  • 2014_studiotour_loisyoshidaTacoma Studio Tour
    October 15 & 16
    11 am – 5 pm
    34 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

 

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

 

Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

Tacoma Arts Month is just around the corner

9 Sep

15TAMonthforFBOctober 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about the 300+ Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

Tacoma Arts Month Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge! Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. Tacoma Arts Month attendees may also enter by completing and mailing the submission form found in the back of the Tacoma Arts Month brochure. Grand prize, second, and third place winners will be announced in November. For more information about the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge, visit TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • TAMonth_OpeningPartyTacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
    October 1
    6 – 9 pm
    Historic Tacoma Armory, 715 S. 11th St.
    Free and open to the public

Join us for this free community celebration. Live entertainment includes music by Ken Jacobsen, contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, Samoan Village Dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, and more. The historic building will host a series of pop-up multi-media art exhibits by Christopher Jordan, Isaac Olsen, Jennifer Chushcoff, Nichole Rathburn, Janet Marcavage, Tim + April Norris, Terese Cuff, Elizabeth Gahan, Diana Leigh Surma and Judd Cohen.

There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2015 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners – University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma Public Library, and Connie K Walle. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma with support from the Historic Tacoma Armory.

  • Tacoma Studio TourTAMonth_StudioTour
    October 17 & 18
    11 am – 5 pm
    35 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

Come see the spaces and tools with which 57 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 35 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least 8 stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive Google map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

 

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

Creative Space – you have needs, we are listening

11 Dec

creative space

Help support the growth of Tacoma’s creative community by taking an online survey!

Are you an artist or engaged in creative pursuits?
Do you lead an arts or cultural organization or creative business?
Do you need affordable space to live, work, create, rehearse, perform, or conduct business?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please take our comprehensive online artist market survey that will help the City and local developers understand the needs of the creative community in Tacoma. Our goal is to maintain and develop new affordable space for living, working and creating in Tacoma. Data from the survey will show the need, build support, help secure funding, and assist developers and creative space providers like Spaceworks Tacoma to help them make decisions that best benefit creative use within existing and future developments. Your input and a large response is critical to the project’s success – help us spread the word!

"Seal of Approval", version 1, created by Jessica Spring.

“Seal of Approval”, version 1, created by Jessica Spring.

Take the survey at creativespacetacoma.org by February 9, 2015. We’ll even send you a piece of original letterpress art created by Jessica Spring, while supplies last!

 

"Seal of Approval", version 2, created by Jessica Spring.

“Seal of Approval”, version 2, created by Jessica Spring.

This survey is a partnership between the City of Tacoma, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and Artspace with generous support from JPMorgan Chase. The survey is being conducted by Artspace, the nations’ leading non-profit developer of affordable artists’ live/work spaces.  Artspace has been hailed by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation and others as an inspiration for the emergent creative placemaking movement. For more than 30 years, Artspace has brought its expertise to more than 200 cultural facility planning efforts from coast to coast.

 

1 City, 31 Days, 100s of Activities – it’s Tacoma Arts Month

10 Sep

TacomaArtsMonth_webimage_croppedOctober 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about the 300+ Tacoma Arts Month events and programs can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

Signature events include:

  • Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts AwardsIntellectual property of the City of Tacoma, WA.  Republication prohibited
    October 2
    6 – 9 pm
    Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St.
    Free and open to the public

Join us for this free community celebration. Live entertainment includes music by Speed Queen and Okinawa Taiko Drums, Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends, theater performance by Working Class Theater, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, and a tintype photo demonstration by Kyle Dillehay. There will also be an exhibition of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The newly-renovated building will host a series of pop-up art exhibits by Beautiful Angle, Alice Di Certo, Isaac Olsen, Kristin Giordano, the C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev. Resident artists Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga and Katlyn Hubner will open their studios to the public for the evening. Additionally, there will be screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema.

There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2014 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners – ArtsFund, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Jessica Spring. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma.

  • Tacoma Studio TourTacoma Studio Tour. Photo property of City of Tacoma.
    October 11 & 12
    11 am – 5 pm
    37 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

Come see the spaces and tools with which 61 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 37 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Visit TacomaArtsMonth.com for a complete list of studio locations and and to use our interactive map to plot a custom tour just for you.

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

Introducing the ‘Laureate Listening Project’

24 Jul
Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo. Photo by Jesse Michener

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo. Photo by Jesse Michener

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo has partnered with the City of Tacoma and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to launch the Laureate Listening Project, an interactive audio anthology website where recorded oral poetry from members of the region will be mapped to provide a permanent record of the lives, ideas, concerns, and celebrations of a diverse community through the vehicle of poetry.

Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage audio map.

Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage audio map.

Are you curious about what an ‘interactive audio anthology website’ looks like? Here’s an example of a similar audio mapping website that highlights endangered languages around the world.

Smiraldo will work with various nonprofit and cultural organizations to encourage people from of all backgrounds to share their poetry about places and spaces in Tacoma and around the world. Audio recordings of these poems, centered on the “spirit of place” theme, will be edited and placed on a Google map website so users can search by a particular poet or location and listen to work inspired by the site. Some recordings will be accompanied by soundscapes and music created by composers and sound artists.

Individuals who are interested in sharing their short spoken works can contact Smiraldo at vanillasoul@clear.net for further information and to schedule a recording session.

Smiraldo is also leading a team of poets as an artist in residence for the Race and Pedagogy National Conference at the University of Puget Sound this September. Poets and other artists will function as creative journalists to document ideas, challenges and solutions to address the topic of education in a dynamic and changing America. He plans to include audio pieces collected from conference participants in the Laureate Listening Project.

Funding for the Laureate Listening Project is made possible by a Spark Grant from The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Mapping capability is made possible by the City of Tacoma. The Tacoma Poet Laureate position is appointed and administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program is available on the Tacoma Arts Commission website.

PrintThe Greater Tacoma Community Foundation was created to help build a stronger future for the Pierce County region. For over 33 years, the Community Foundation has partnered with generous individuals, families, community leaders, nonprofit organizations and others to strengthen the community through powerful and rewarding giving. Building a thriving, engaged, and caring community is central to its mission. In 2013, the Spark Grants program was launched to provide $1,500 micro-grants to support everyday people who want to spark positive change in their neighborhood. More information is available at gtcf.org/sparkgrants.

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