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Welcome to Tacoma Arts Month

Celebrating 21 years!

ENGAGE IN ARTS AND CULTURE BEYOND OCTOBER

Visit the Tacoma Creates Events Calendar
The fun doesn’t end in October. For year-round programming, check out the Tacoma Creates events calendar for a listing of programs that Tacoma Creates-funded organizations have available for you!

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly cultural performance, STEAM-focused workshop for your child, or panel discussion on Tacoma’s history – the Tacoma Creates events calendar highlights a diverse range of programs from funded arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations.

Opening Party

Returning in 2022 at STAR Center on Oct 5 at 6:30 pm – 9pm!

Studio Tour

Are you a creative or an artist that lives in and has a working studio and/or a performance space in Tacoma?

AMOCAT Arts Awards

Honoring the innovation and care of our collective community

Arts at the Armory

Meet Tacoma artists, all under one roof.  December 10 & 11 at 11 am – 5 pm. Free

Top image: Attendees learn about ceramics on the Tacoma Studio Tour.
Middle image: Hawaiian dance performance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party, in 2016.
Bottom image: Gerardo Peña in front of his mural “I am Tacoma”, a 2020 Tacoma Arts Month community engagement project. Photo courtesy of Gerardo Peña.

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2 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Mark your calendar for Voices from the African Diaspora, a FREE, all-ages concert on July 9 at Wright Park. This event is a celebration of how African people around the world have developed their music and dance in sorrow, in protest, and in joy. Honoring the many waters people were forced to cross and the stars they have gazed to find a way back home. Bring a blanket and your dancing shoes and come enjoy music and dance from the Caribbean islands, Brazil, and Garinagu (Garifuna) nation.

Schedule:
1:00 The Mighty Mockingbirds: Calypso & Soca
2:00 Los Hijos de Agueybana: Bomba
3:00 Dora Oliveira & Dance Brazil: Traditional and contemporary Brazilian dance
4:00 Hagucha Garinagu: Garinagu (Garifuna) music, dance, and culture
Conscious Caribbean cuisine available from The Bajan Station from 1:00 til it sells out!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event with Community Arts Projects funding.
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Mark your calendar for Voices from the African Diaspora, a FREE, all-ages concert on July 9 at Wright Park. This event is a celebration of how African people around the world have developed their music and dance in sorrow, in protest, and in joy. Honoring the many waters people were forced to cross and the stars they have gazed to find a way back home. Bring a blanket and your dancing shoes and come enjoy music and dance from the Caribbean islands, Brazil, and Garinagu (Garifuna) nation.

Schedule:
1:00 The Mighty Mockingbirds: Calypso & Soca
2:00 Los Hijos de Agueybana: Bomba
3:00 Dora Oliveira & Dance Brazil: Traditional and contemporary Brazilian dance
4:00 Hagucha Garinagu: Garinagu (Garifuna) music, dance, and culture
Conscious Caribbean cuisine available from The Bajan Station from 1:00 til it sells out!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event with Community Arts Projects funding.
5 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Apply for the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board! Schedule update &ndashCity of Tacoma Governmentrnment is now accepting applications until July 6th!

“The staff and members of the board create a welcoming space for diverse perspectives and opinions. I’ve seen how Tacoma Creates funding has positively impacted access for more people in Tacoma to enjoy the wonderful learning and engagement opportunities in arts, culture, heritage, and sciences. I always feel that the time and energy I invest is contributing to the vibrancy of our city and the wellbeing of its residents.” — Amanda Figueroa, Tacoma Creates Advisory Board Member

We are seeking applications from residents of Council District 1 and Council District 5 as well as those with a background in cultural programming or community engagement.

The City of Tacoma is committed to creating an equitable and anti-racist community and wants our committees, boards, and commissions to reflect our diverse community. For these vacancies, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to apply. These volunteer positions are for 3-year terms.

Monthly meetings are held 5:30-7:30pm on the first Monday of each month.
For more information on TCAB, visit www.tacomacreates.org/advisory-board.
To apply, visit city#tacomacreatesb#servetacoma.

#TacomaCreates #ServeTacoma
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Apply for the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board! Schedule update – the City of Tacoma Government is now accepting applications until July 6th!

“The staff and members of the board create a welcoming space for diverse perspectives and opinions. I’ve seen how Tacoma Creates funding has positively impacted access for more people in Tacoma to enjoy the wonderful learning and engagement opportunities in arts, culture, heritage, and sciences. I always feel that the time and energy I invest is contributing to the vibrancy of our city and the wellbeing of its residents.” — Amanda Figueroa, Tacoma Creates Advisory Board Member

We are seeking applications from residents of Council District 1 and Council District 5 as well as those with a background in cultural programming or community engagement.  

The City of Tacoma is committed to creating an equitable and anti-racist community and wants our committees, boards, and commissions to reflect our diverse community. For these vacancies, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to apply. These volunteer positions are for 3-year terms.

Monthly meetings are held 5:30-7:30pm on the first Monday of each month. 
For more information on TCAB, visit https://www.tacomacreates.org/advisory-board.
To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication.

#TacomaCreates #ServeTacoma
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Violence against our youth is devastating. In Loving Memory is a memorial mural dedicated to all the young people from the Eastside of Tacoma who have lost their lives to gun violence. Painted by local artist Dionne Bonner, this mural reflects the creativity, resilience, and strength young people have within them, even when facing adversity. View In Loving Memory here: youtube.com/watch?v=s2reyLopYe8.

This video features:
-Antonio McLemore, Metro Parks Tacoma Eastside Community Center Supervisor
-Dionne Bonner, Artist
-Donnitta Sinclair-Martin, Mother of Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr.

To learn more or to submit a name for display next to the mural visit: MetroParksTacoma.org/YouthMemorial
Visit the mural in person at the Eastside Community Center: 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98404.

Thank you City of Tacoma Government and Metro Parks Tacoma for your support.
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Violence against our youth is devastating. In Loving Memory is a memorial mural dedicated to all the young people from the Eastside of Tacoma who have lost their lives to gun violence. Painted by local artist Dionne Bonner, this mural reflects the creativity, resilience, and strength young people have within them, even when facing adversity. View In Loving Memory here: youtube.com/watch?v=s2reyLopYe8.

This video features: 
-Antonio McLemore, Metro Parks Tacoma Eastside Community Center Supervisor
-Dionne Bonner, Artist
-Donnitta Sinclair-Martin, Mother of Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr. 

To learn more or to submit a name for display next to the mural visit: MetroParksTacoma.org/YouthMemorial
Visit the mural in person at the Eastside Community Center: 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98404.

Thank you City of Tacoma Government and Metro Parks Tacoma for your support.
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

If you're a Global Majority, Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled and Hard of Hearing artist who resides in the US or US territories, apply to Deaf Spotlight's BIPOC Deaf Arts Grant.

Closes July 31. 2022. Please Share!

For more info visit deafspotlight.org/grants/bipoc and watch this video youtube.com/watch?v=9KzO7x2F4QE.

Thank you Office of Arts & Culture Seattle for this content!

Image credit: Deaf Spotlight

#BIPOCDeafArtsGrant #DeafSpotlight #DeafCreatives #DeafArtists
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If youre a Global Majority, Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled and Hard of Hearing artist who resides in the US or US territories, apply to Deaf Spotlights BIPOC Deaf Arts Grant.

Closes July 31. 2022. Please Share!

For more info visit deafspotlight.org/grants/bipoc and watch this video youtube.com/watch?v=9KzO7x2F4QE.

Thank you Office of Arts & Culture Seattle for this content!

Image credit: Deaf Spotlight

#BIPOCDeafArtsGrant #DeafSpotlight #DeafCreatives #DeafArtists
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

A vibrant new mural will soon grace the Tollefson Plaza steps in downtown Tacoma, honoring the Black Lives Matter movement with a design representing community input and participation.

Artist Dionne Bonner is leading the BLM Mural Project Tacoma, with support from local artists Kenya Adams, Gwen Jones, Charles Taylor and Breyahna Monet. The mural is being created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and the local Black community informed the design through online surveys and in-person focus groups. This public art piece is the result of a months-long collaborative process between the City of Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission and the Tacoma Art Museum, with funding support from the City of Tacoma Government, the Tacoma Arts Commission and Tacoma Creates.

“Using creativity to bring people together and make a positive impact is one of the most fulfilling things I can do as an artist,” Bonner said. “This mural draws from Tacoma’s past and imagined future to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history.”

The City’s Human Rights Commission's Racial Justice and Equity Committee proposed creating a mural to signify that Tacoma supports Black lives and the Black Lives Matter movement.

"We’re proud to partner with the artists, the Tacoma Art Museum and community leaders as work continues on establishing this new mural recognizing the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and honoring our shared efforts to achieve progress for our Black communities,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “With the prominence of this location, it is our hope that this mural will inspire deeper community conversation and engagement while showing our Black communities that their lives matter in Tacoma.”

Visit the BLM Mural Project Tacoma website to learn more and sign up for updates on volunteering, participating in community paint days and general project news: tinyurl.com/BLMMuralTacoma.

Image credit: BLM Mural Project
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A vibrant new mural will soon grace the Tollefson Plaza steps in downtown Tacoma, honoring the Black Lives Matter movement with a design representing community input and participation.

Artist Dionne Bonner is leading the BLM Mural Project Tacoma, with support from local artists Kenya Adams, Gwen Jones, Charles Taylor and Breyahna Monet. The mural is being created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and the local Black community informed the design through online surveys and in-person focus groups. This public art piece is the result of a months-long collaborative process between the City of Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission and the Tacoma Art Museum, with funding support from the City of Tacoma Government, the Tacoma Arts Commission and Tacoma Creates.

“Using creativity to bring people together and make a positive impact is one of the most fulfilling things I can do as an artist,” Bonner said. “This mural draws from Tacoma’s past and imagined future to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history.”

The City’s Human Rights Commissions Racial Justice and Equity Committee proposed creating a mural to signify that Tacoma supports Black lives and the Black Lives Matter movement.

We’re proud to partner with the artists, the Tacoma Art Museum and community leaders as work continues on establishing this new mural recognizing the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and honoring our shared efforts to achieve progress for our Black communities,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “With the prominence of this location, it is our hope that this mural will inspire deeper community conversation and engagement while showing our Black communities that their lives matter in Tacoma.”

Visit the BLM Mural Project Tacoma website to learn more and sign up for updates on volunteering, participating in community paint days and general project news: tinyurl.com/BLMMuralTacoma.

Image credit: BLM Mural ProjectImage attachment
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

Create Films is offering a FREE summer film camp for students ages 13-18. It will be held at the Eastside Community Center and runs June 28 – August 4.

Find out more and register your teen for this camp at www.createfilms.org

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this camp with Community Arts Projects funding.
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Create Films is offering a FREE summer film camp for students ages 13-18. It will be held at the Eastside Community Center and runs June 28 – August 4.

Find out more and register your teen for this camp at www.createfilms.org  

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this camp with Community Arts Projects funding.
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