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Welcome to Tacoma Arts Month

Celebrating 22 years!

Arts Events

Arts and culture programming to fill October

Opening Party

Launch Arts Month at STAR Center on Oct. 5!

Studio Tour

Meet Tacoma artists in their studios Oct. 14 & 15!

AMOCAT Arts Awards

Honoring vision, dedication, and action in our community

Arts at the Armory

Tacoma’s interactive arts market Nov 11 & 12!

Arts Events image: Snippet of 2022 Tacoma Arts Month Events calendar, learn more here: tacomaartsmonth.org/events.
Opening Party image: The Playground Kiki ballroom performance at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party in 2022. Photo by Jamika Scott.
Studio Tour image: 2022 Tacoma Studio Tour attendees participate in a group painting at the studio of Mary Mann.
AMOCAT Arts Awards image: AMOCAT Arts Award design by Chandler O’Leary
Arts at the Armory image: Panoramic view of Arts at the Armory event in 2022.

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11 hours ago

Feeling stuck? Need some you time? Looking for a connection to your creativity and all the things?! We’re happy to offer this workshop as part of our Creative Resources through the Arts and Cultural Vitality Division.

Join Claudia Linares of @girasolcounselingpllc and Joy Muhammad @whoisgloriajoy and enjoy somatic practices and writing exercises. The workshop takes place at @parabletacoma from 1 - 3pm on Saturday, May 4th.

If you would like to attend, please complete the registration at the link in our bio or at tinyurl.com/artsomatics 🙂

Please feel free to email dgarcia2@cityoftacima.org with any questions.
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Feeling stuck?  Need some you time? Looking for a connection to your creativity and all the things?! We’re happy to offer this workshop as part of our Creative Resources through the Arts and Cultural Vitality Division. 

Join Claudia Linares of @girasolcounselingpllc and Joy Muhammad @whoisgloriajoy and enjoy somatic practices and writing exercises. The workshop takes place at @parabletacoma from 1 - 3pm on Saturday, May 4th. 

If you would like to attend, please complete the registration at the link in our bio or at https://tinyurl.com/artsomatics :)  

Please feel free to email dgarcia2@cityoftacima.org with any questions.Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
4 days ago

With warmer weather ahead, we wanted to share the mural artist roster, a free resource for anyone in the community looking to connect with a mural artist in Pierce County.

Tacoma has an abundance of talented artists, including many skilled mural artists who contribute to the livability of our neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors through public art. We maintain a publicly accessible roster of mural artists, living in Tacoma and Pierce County, who the Arts & Cultural Vitality Division and community members have vetted.

Hire an artist to paint a mural for your project! Check out the new Mural Roster website to see artist biographies and work samples, calculate the potential cost of a mural, connect directly with artists and more!

Check out the link in our bio (Instagram) or here: tacomaartsroster.com/

Our roster currently includes 55 artists (alphabetical by first name): AJ Newland, Angela Larsen, Anthony Duenas, Bob Henry, Breyahna Monet, Bryan Stryeski, Burcu Köleli, Chelsea O'Sullivan, Chris Sharp, Christopher Paul Jordan, Cody Esp, Curtis Ashby, Daniel Hunter, David Long, Dion Thomas, Dionne Bonner, Gillian Nordlund, Hillarie Isackson, James Woodard, Janice Warren, Jaymes Junio, Jeremy Gregory, Jesse Peterson, Jorge Garcia, Jorge Mota, Joseph Brooks, Juan La Torre, Kala Escobar, Kate Cendejas Thun, Katie Dean, Keith Carter, Kenji Stoll, Kenya Adams, LeShawn Gamble, Liam Miller & Bethany Fackrell, Liz Morrow, Lourdes Jackson, Maria Jost, Mark Monlux, Mary Mann, Mary Smith, Matamatanonofo Porter, Mindy Barker, Neeka Lloyd Cook, Nori Kimura, Perry Porter, Peter Boome, Pubs, Rebekah Slusher, Rick Bisol, Saiyare Refaei, Savannah Jane O'Malley, Tiffanny Hammonds, Will Raisl, and Zak Rivera.

#tacomaarts
#tacomapublicart
#tacomamurals
#tacomaart
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With warmer weather ahead, we wanted to share the mural artist roster, a free resource for anyone in the community looking to connect with a mural artist in Pierce County. 

Tacoma has an abundance of talented artists, including many skilled mural artists who contribute to the livability of our neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors through public art. We maintain a publicly accessible roster of mural artists, living in Tacoma and Pierce County, who the Arts & Cultural Vitality Division and community members have vetted.
 
Hire an artist to paint a mural for your project! Check out the new Mural Roster website to see artist biographies and work samples, calculate the potential cost of a mural, connect directly with artists and more!

Check out the link in our bio (Instagram) or here: https://tacomaartsroster.com/
 
Our roster currently includes 55 artists (alphabetical by first name): AJ Newland, Angela Larsen, Anthony Duenas, Bob Henry, Breyahna Monet, Bryan Stryeski, Burcu Köleli, Chelsea OSullivan, Chris Sharp, Christopher Paul Jordan, Cody Esp, Curtis Ashby, Daniel Hunter, David Long, Dion Thomas, Dionne Bonner, Gillian Nordlund, Hillarie Isackson, James Woodard, Janice Warren, Jaymes Junio, Jeremy Gregory, Jesse Peterson, Jorge Garcia, Jorge Mota, Joseph Brooks, Juan La Torre, Kala Escobar, Kate Cendejas Thun, Katie Dean, Keith Carter, Kenji Stoll, Kenya Adams, LeShawn Gamble, Liam Miller & Bethany Fackrell, Liz Morrow, Lourdes Jackson, Maria Jost, Mark Monlux, Mary Mann, Mary Smith, Matamatanonofo Porter, Mindy Barker, Neeka Lloyd Cook, Nori Kimura, Perry Porter, Peter Boome, Pubs, Rebekah Slusher, Rick Bisol, Saiyare Refaei, Savannah Jane OMalley, Tiffanny Hammonds, Will Raisl, and Zak Rivera.

#tacomaarts
#tacomapublicart
#tacomamurals
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5 days ago

Tacoma thrives together when we come together! Tacoma’s cultural sector embodies innovation and perseverance, and the Arts & Cultural Vitality Division is proud to support a growing and collaborative creative ecosystem. We work with creatives, organizations, and cultural partners to serve the evolving needs of our community through funding, public art, community programming, and professional development.

New research proves what we can see all around us - that investing in arts and culture has significant and measurable impacts on our community’s economic and social wellbeing. Our 2023 Annual Report illustrates the far-reaching impacts that our collective investments in the cultural sector have on our community.

You can read the full 2023 Annual Report in the link in our bio (Instagram) or here: tinyurl.com/ArtsAnnualReport2024

Thank you to the numerous individual creatives, organizations, cultural partners, panel members, staff, participants, volunteers, and attendees who help cultivate this thriving movement of arts and culture in Tacoma.

*Header photo from a performance at The Barefoot Collective’s 2023 Healing Movement outdoor dance concert. Photo courtesy of The Barefoot Collective BareFoot Collective @barefootcollective

#tacomaarts
#tacomacreates
#tacomapublicart
#tacomaart
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Tacoma thrives together when we come together! Tacoma’s cultural sector embodies innovation and perseverance, and the Arts & Cultural Vitality Division is proud to support a growing and collaborative creative ecosystem. We work with creatives, organizations, and cultural partners to serve the evolving needs of our community through funding, public art, community programming, and professional development. 

New research proves what we can see all around us - that investing in arts and culture has significant and measurable impacts on our community’s economic and social wellbeing. Our 2023 Annual Report illustrates the far-reaching impacts that our collective investments in the cultural sector have on our community. 

You can read the full 2023 Annual Report in the link in our bio (Instagram) or here: https://tinyurl.com/ArtsAnnualReport2024

Thank you to the numerous individual creatives, organizations, cultural partners, panel members, staff, participants, volunteers, and attendees who help cultivate this thriving movement of arts and culture in Tacoma. 

*Header photo from a performance at The Barefoot Collective’s 2023 Healing Movement outdoor dance concert. Photo courtesy of The Barefoot Collective BareFoot Collective @barefootcollective

#tacomaarts
#tacomacreates
#tacomapublicart
#tacomaart
2 weeks ago

Resharing from @mattice_beauty_supply :

We are so excited to welcome back @ebonyvisionart to @mattice_beauty_supply for another workshop!!

We’re bringing back Paint The Lyric 4/19/24. Only this time, it’s open to all! Let’s create together!

This artistic activity is sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission! (@tacomaarts Thanks to their generous donation the room rent was provided at no cost for the artist, and we're able to offer this class at a discounted rate to make art and fun accessible for even more people!

Head to my bio and register there or follow this link: linktr.ee/matticebeauty.

Limited space available!

#matticebeautysupply #communityconferenceroom #makersgunnamake #activitiesintacoma #thingstodointacoma #papercrafts #cardmaking #Tacoma
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Sponsored by @tacomaarts
In partnership with @mattice_beauty_supply
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#tacoma #artworkshop #art #blackartist #blackart #tacomawashington #tacomaartist #tacomaart #localbusiness #localartist #washingtonartist #seattleartist #seattleartscene
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Resharing from @mattice_beauty_supply :

We are so excited to welcome back @ebonyvisionart to @mattice_beauty_supply for another workshop!!

We’re bringing back Paint The Lyric 4/19/24. Only this time, it’s open to all! Let’s create together!

This artistic activity is sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission! (@tacomaarts Thanks to their generous donation the room rent was provided at no cost for the artist, and were able to offer this class at a discounted rate to make art and fun accessible for even more people!

Head to my bio and register there or follow this link: https://linktr.ee/matticebeauty.

Limited space available!

#matticebeautysupply #communityconferenceroom #makersgunnamake #activitiesintacoma #thingstodointacoma #papercrafts #cardmaking #Tacoma
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Sponsored by @tacomaarts
In partnership with @mattice_beauty_supply
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#tacoma #artworkshop #art #blackartist #blackart #tacomawashington #tacomaartist #tacomaart #localbusiness #localartist #washingtonartist #seattleartist #seattleartsceneImage attachment
2 weeks ago

Resharing from @mattice_beauty_supply:

You'll choose a glass ware cup that you'd like to decorate, then with guidance and help from Artist Cassandra Kuring @cassnackwichez ) You'll choose your wording and classic tattoo picture to paint on your glassware!

We'll have different variations of the heart, anchor and dagger styles (with a couple new designs too)

All materials and instruction is provided!

This artistic activity is supported in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission! (@tacomaarts Thanks to their generous donation the room rent was provided at no cost for the artist, and the artist was able to lower the price and offer a sliding scale to make participating more accessible financially!

To RSVP your space head to my bio or follow this link! matticebeauty.com/.../tattoo-style-glassware...

#Matticebeautysupply #thingstodointacoma #activitiesintacoma #communityconferenceroom #womanartists #tacomaarts #tacomaartscollab
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Resharing from @mattice_beauty_supply:

Youll choose a glass ware cup that youd like to decorate, then with guidance and help from Artist Cassandra Kuring @cassnackwichez ) Youll choose your wording and classic tattoo picture to paint on your glassware!

Well have different variations of the heart, anchor and dagger styles (with a couple new designs too)

All materials and instruction is provided!

This artistic activity is supported in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission! (@tacomaarts Thanks to their generous donation the room rent was provided at no cost for the artist, and the artist was able to lower the price and offer a sliding scale to make participating more accessible financially!

To RSVP your space head to my bio or follow this link! https://matticebeauty.com/.../tattoo-style-glassware...

#Matticebeautysupply #thingstodointacoma #activitiesintacoma #communityconferenceroom #womanartists #tacomaarts #tacomaartscollab
2 weeks ago

Are you interested in learning more about sustainability and how you can make a difference in the South Sound community?

Want to participate in a cool art project, trade plants, or swap craft supplies?

Look no further than the 16th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo!

On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UW Tacoma Campus, meet local organizations, businesses, and government agencies dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices.

Learn more at southsoundsustainabilityexpo.org

You can also meet our Artist in Residence, Tamiko Nimura, who is debuting a project to collect all those lonely socks without a pair and reuse them for a really cool project ahead. Please bring a clean, dry children's individual sock (a lonely one without a match). You'll have the chance to hand dip them into liquid clay. These socks will later be incorporated into a larger project. Art can help keep garbage out of the waste stream, improve efficiency of our current services, and remind us of the things that matter! So cool!

#tacomasustainability
#southsoundsustainabilityexpo
#tacomaarts
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Are you interested in learning more about sustainability and how you can make a difference in the South Sound community? 

Want to participate in a cool art project, trade plants, or swap craft supplies?

Look no further than the 16th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo!

On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UW Tacoma Campus, meet local organizations, businesses, and government agencies dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices. 

Learn more at southsoundsustainabilityexpo.org 

You can also meet our Artist in Residence, Tamiko Nimura, who is debuting a project to collect all those lonely socks without a pair and reuse them for a really cool project ahead. Please bring a clean, dry childrens individual sock (a lonely one without a match). Youll have the chance to hand dip them into liquid clay. These socks will later be incorporated into a larger project. Art can help keep garbage out of the waste stream, improve efficiency of our current services, and remind us of the things that matter! So cool!

#tacomasustainability
#southsoundsustainabilityexpo
#tacomaarts
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