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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

“Part of what fuels the creative process for me is that power of what words can do - how they can create empathy, how they bring people together across time, space, geography, across all kinds of boundaries, to help us inhabit each other's experiences better.” - Tamiko Nimura.

👀📺 Watch this artTown segment featuring Tamiko Nimura, an Asian American writer, as she shares her intergenerational inspiration and drive to write about history: youtu.be/SWoXAD#tacomaarts
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“Part of what fuels the creative process for me is that power of what words can do - how they can create empathy, how they bring people together across time, space, geography, across all kinds of boundaries, to help us inhabit each others experiences better.” - Tamiko Nimura.

👀📺 Watch this artTown segment featuring Tamiko Nimura, an Asian American writer, as she shares her intergenerational inspiration and drive to write about history:  https://youtu.be/SWoXADX3HMQ
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#tacomaarts #tacomawa #arttown #tvtacoma
5 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Interested in the upcoming FREE Tax Issues for Artists workshop? Learn more about tax issues related to the business of the arts with Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) and tax lawyer Steven D. Nofziger.

This session will cover important topics at the state and federal level for individual creatives, artists, and small business owners alike.

This free workshop is on Tuesday, May 24, at 10 - 11:30 AM online. Register here: ow.ly/auAE50J38Ak and if you can't attend and would like a recording of this session, please register at the same link to receive the recording.
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Interested in the upcoming FREE Tax Issues for Artists workshop? Learn more about tax issues related to the business of the arts with Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) and tax lawyer Steven D. Nofziger.

This session will cover important topics at the state and federal level for individual creatives, artists, and small business owners alike.

This free workshop is on Tuesday, May 24, at 10 - 11:30 AM online. Register here: http://ow.ly/auAE50J38Ak and  if you cant attend and would like a recording of this session, please register at the same link to receive the recording.
6 days ago
Tacoma Arts

The Tacoma Studio Tour is returning this October! We're looking for artists and creatives working in all disciplines and mediums who want to open their working studio and/or performance space to the community for the Tacoma Studio Tour on October 15 & 16. Apply by May 31 at tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. ... See MoreSee Less

The Tacoma Studio Tour is returning this October! Were looking for artists and creatives working in all disciplines and mediums who want to open their working studio and/or performance space to the community for the Tacoma Studio Tour on October 15 & 16. Apply by May 31 at tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

“Creativity is here for all of us to explore. So, art is art to me. It's whatever the human vessel wants to produce for themselves. It's like therapy, get us through the day.” - Chuck Taylor

👀📺 Watch this artTown segment featuring photographer, encaustic printmaker, and multimedia artist Chuck Taylor talking about his relationship with art and creativity: youtu.be/tzHtsM#tacomaarts
#tacomawat#ARTTOWNa#tvtacomawn #tvtacoma
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“Creativity is here for all of us to explore. So, art is art to me. Its whatever the human vessel wants to produce for themselves. Its like therapy, get us through the day.” - Chuck Taylor

👀📺 Watch this artTown segment featuring photographer, encaustic printmaker, and multimedia artist Chuck Taylor talking about his relationship with art and creativity: https://youtu.be/tzHtsMiYoUc
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#tacomaarts #tacomawa #arttown #tvtacoma
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Check out ArtsFund's new video, Reunite with the Arts! This film focuses on the struggles that our community has faced throughout the pandemic and the hope that we have for tomorrow.

The video features a number of our Tacoma organizations including Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Puget Sound Revels, Tacoma Arts Live, and Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center.

Watch and share the video: www.artsfund.org/reunite-with-the-arts-video/
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Check out ArtsFunds new video, Reunite with the Arts! This film focuses on the struggles that our community has faced throughout the pandemic and the hope that we have for tomorrow.

The video features a number of our Tacoma organizations including Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Puget Sound Revels,  Tacoma Arts Live, and Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center.

Watch and share the video: www.artsfund.org/reunite-with-the-arts-video/
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#ReunitewiththeArts #ArtsFund #ArtsUnite #tacomaarts #tacomawa #tacomacreates
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

The Washington State Historical Society, writer and public historian Tamiko Nimura, and Tacoma Arts Live are teaming up to host a program commemorating the 80th anniversary of the forced eviction of Japanese and Japanese American people living in Tacoma. Free and open to all, Languages of Memory: A South Sound Japanese American Day of Remembrance, will take place at the Washington State History Museum on Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8:30 PM.

The South Sound Day of Remembrance marks the anniversary of the wartime eviction of more than 700 Japanese Americans from Tacoma on May 17 and 18, 1942. The anniversary is an opportunity for all to reflect on the historical connections and parallels between past and present.

The May 17 program includes a screening of the play Nihonjin Face courtesy of Tacoma Arts Live; literary readings and performances by Tamiko Nimura, Celia Nimura-Parmenter, and Anida Yoeu Ali; a walk through the museum’s REMEMBRANCE gallery; and a procession to Union Station – the departure point for the Japanese community in 1942. Participants will receive a handmade daruma (figure signifying Japanese resilience) by local artist Teruko Nimura. Guests are welcome to join part of all of the program. Find out more at www.WashingtonHistory.org/events

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the work of Tamiko Nimura through Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding.
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The Washington State Historical Society, writer and public historian Tamiko Nimura, and Tacoma Arts Live are teaming up to host a program commemorating the 80th anniversary of the forced eviction of Japanese and Japanese American people living in Tacoma. Free and open to all, Languages of Memory: A South Sound Japanese American Day of Remembrance, will take place at the Washington State History Museum on Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8:30 PM.

The South Sound Day of Remembrance marks the anniversary of the wartime eviction of more than 700 Japanese Americans from Tacoma on May 17 and 18, 1942. The anniversary is an opportunity for all to reflect on the historical connections and parallels between past and present. 

The May 17 program includes a screening of the play Nihonjin Face courtesy of Tacoma Arts Live; literary readings and performances by Tamiko Nimura, Celia Nimura-Parmenter, and Anida Yoeu Ali; a walk through the museum’s REMEMBRANCE gallery;  and a procession to Union Station – the departure point for the Japanese community in 1942. Participants will receive a handmade daruma (figure signifying Japanese resilience) by local artist Teruko Nimura. Guests are welcome to join part of all of the program. Find out more at www.WashingtonHistory.org/events

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the work of Tamiko Nimura through Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding.
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