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Tacoma’s next Poet Laureate is…

13 Apr

2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson. Photo by Israel Perez.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the selection of Kellie Richardson as Tacoma’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate.

Over the next two years, Richardson will participate in and host public poetry readings, workshops and other community events. She will also participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October, and help produce the 2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate Ceremony to announce the next Poet Laureate.

“As Poet Laureate, my priority will be to support the creation of bold spaces that mirror our citizenry,” said Richardson. “I strongly believe in the power of storytelling as a means of healing and, ultimately, a way in which individuals and community find resolution despite trauma, and common ground among bitter rivals.”

As a wrap-up of National Poetry Month, the Tacoma Arts Commission and Tacoma’s current Poet Laureate, Cathy Nguyễn, will host Pass the Torch, a poetry and music event at which Richardson will officially be awarded the title. The free, public event will be held April 29, from 5 – 8 p.m., at the Tacoma Community College Auditorium (Building 2, accessed from South 12th Street and Whitman Street). Free parking is available in Lot G off South 12th Street.

Light refreshments are available from 5 – 6 p.m., with an opportunity for attendees to participate in a hands-on project led by artist Saiyare Refaei. Attendees can also record a poem for inclusion in the Laureate Listening Project reflecting on the personal importance of a particular place in Tacoma. Limited recording spots are available, and can be reserved through Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

The main program begins at 6 p.m. and will feature poets Richardson, Nguyễn, Miriam McBride, PaQ’Jon Dickerson, Marquis McCrary, Marcel Augustin, and Baiyinnah Muhammad. These poets will be joined by DJ Smokey Wonder.

The Tacoma Poet Laureate program is sponsored by Click! Cable TV. Pass the Torch is sponsored by Tacoma Community College’s Office of Student Engagement.

Another free, public event focusing on poetry in Tacoma, the Louder Than a Bomb Tacoma Teen Poetry Slam, takes place at 2 p.m. that same day at the Tacoma Community College Student Center (Building 11).

About Kellie Richardson

2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson. Photo by Israel Perez.

Kellie Richardson is a writer, artist and educator born and raised in Tacoma, Wash.  Her work explores the intersection of race, class and gender with specific emphasis on themes of love, loss and longing. She employs both classical poetic forms as well as contemporary mediums such as spoken word. Her work is provocative yet accessible, powerful yet vulnerable. In addition to publishing original work, she created the blog, Brown Betty, in 2012. Brown Betty exists to provide armor and inspiration for real life; a place where commerce and community intersect to cultivate healing. The blog explores the complexities of navigating the human experience, and calls its readers to continue to be inspired to endure and overcome barriers to their happiness.

Richardson is particularly inspired and called to explore the experiences of women of color, and the intersectionality of identities. In addition to teaching courses at Pacific Lutheran University, she has provided poetry and writing workshops to students from Bryant Montessori to Tacoma Community College. She has performed pieces for the Tacoma Art Museum, The People’s Assembly, University of Washington Tacoma, Drunken Telegraph, The Tacoma Round, COLORED2017, and many others.

Richardson’s relationship with Tacoma is defined by transitions and metamorphosis as she has moved from student to professor, child to parent, and, the most critical progression, from onlooker to loving actor. She enters this process as a loving actor looking to continue to give to Tacoma through poetry and the gift of storytelling. As Poet Laureate, she will persist in her desire to ensure literary arts are both accessible to, and representative of, the diversity in Tacoma.

19 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

27 Dec
Arts Projects funding supports the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

Arts Projects funding supports the Hilltop Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Business Association.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2017 public outreach projects in the fields of theater, visual, dance, music, literary, film, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards range in value from $1,000 to $4,500.

“We were blown away by the diverse group of community and arts organizations, several of whom were first-time applicants,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “This is a strong indicator that the arts are thriving in Tacoma. We’re pleased and honored to be able to support these projects for artists and communities throughout the city.”

Arts Projects funding helps support Write253's Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.

Arts Projects funding helps support Write253’s Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Photo courtesy of Write253.

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, three dance workshop series, one film festival, one theater production, three music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, poetry readings, and visual art exhibits.

Arts Projects funding supports Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. A student from Charles Wright inks a linoleum plate for Steamroller Printing.  Photo by Scott Haydon.

Arts Projects funding supports Tacoma Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. A student from Charles Wright inks a linoleum plate for Steamroller Printing. Photo by Scott Haydon.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Old Town Business & Professional Association, Destiny City Film Festival, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Morgan Family YMCA, Northwest Repertory Singers, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Salishan Association, Tacoma Concert Band, Toy Boat Theatre, Washington State Historical Society, and Write253.

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.

20 Arts Projects funding recipients announced

29 Dec
Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Arts Projects funding helps support hands-on arts programming at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2016 Arts Projects funding to 20 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, visual, film, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $5,000.

Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

Children of the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers begin a dance performance. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

“These organizations represent a cross section of the incredibly dynamic, thriving arts community in Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “We are thrilled to be able to support projects that will benefit talented artists and diverse audiences throughout the city.”

Funded projects include the production of six diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, contemporary dance performances, two theater productions, four music performance series, poetry writing and performance workshops for youth, poetry readings, visual art exhibits and lectures, and an international film festival.

Revealing a steamroller print, created by Charles Wright Academy, at Wayzgoose. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Revealing a steamroller print, created by Charles Wright Academy, at Wayzgoose. Photo by Aaron Locke.

Funded organizations include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Assemblage Theater, Barefoot Collective, Centro Latino, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Feast Arts Center, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister Cities Council of Tacoma/Pierce County, Sixth Avenue Business District, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Little Theatre, Washington State Historical Society, and Write@253.

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.

Presenting The Young Creative this November

2 Nov

The Young Creative is a collective of vibrant, imaginative, and productive emerging young artists. 88 of these artists, participating from 6 Tacoma Public Schools, are presenting their work throughout November in a neighborhood location near you!

Exhibiting true community partnerships, seven businesses and community centers throughout Tacoma are showcasing the work of these artists all month-long. The exhibits include both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork including drawings, prints, paintings, graphic design, photography, ceramics, and glass art, all of which is for sale. 

“Placing our artwork into the community gives us the opportunity to receive critical feedback from the public,” says The Young Creative.  “We hope to provide opportunities for a larger audience to enjoy and help support emerging artists and the educational programs that promote our growth.”

Come see The Young Creative at any of these seven exhibit locations:

Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 N. Pearl Street
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 AM – 7:30 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM
Artist Reception: November 5, 5 – 7 PM

Visitor Information Center, 1516 Pacific Avenue
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM
Artist Reception: November 7, 5 – 7 PM

Judith Kopp Gallery, UW Tacoma, 1914 Pacific Avenue
Gallery Hours: Open during UWT building hours
Artist Reception at Visitor Information Center: November 7, 5 – 7 PM 

WRITE@253, 1310 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Gallery Hours: November 3 & 4, 11 AM – 5 PM
Artist Reception: November 8, 5 – 7 PM 

STAR Center, Metro Parks Tacoma, 3873 S. 66th Street
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 5 AM – 10 PM, Friday 5 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 7:30 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM
Artist Reception: November 8, 5 PM – 6:45 PM

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM, Free Third Thursday 5 PM – 8 PM
Artist Opening at Tacoma Art Museum during Dia de los Muertos, November 4, 10 AM – 4 PM

Forza Coffee Company, 2209 N. Pearl
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 5 AM – 10 PM, Friday 5 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 7:30 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM
Artist Reception: November 9, 5 – 7 PM

Find out more about The Young Creative at http://www.Facebook.com/TheYoungCreative.

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