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Welcome to Tacoma Arts Month

Celebrating 21 years!

Arts Events

Arts and culture programming to fill October

Opening Party

Launch Arts Month at STAR Center on Oct. 5!

Studio Tour

Meet 54 artists in their studios on Oct. 15 & 16!

AMOCAT Arts Awards

Honoring vision, dedication, and action in our community

Arts at the Armory

Interactive artist market on Dec. 10 & 11!

Arts Events image: Snippet of 2022 Tacoma Arts Month Events calendar, learn more here: tacomaartsmonth.org/events.
Opening Party image: Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.) dance performance at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party, in 2019.
Studio Tour image: A young community member engages at the studio of Jenifer Davis, South Tacoma Artists Collective, 2019 Tacoma Studio Tour.
AMOCAT Arts Awards image: Left to Right: 2019 past AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Community Outreach by an Individual – Aya Hashiguchi Clark and Randy Clark, Community Outreach by an Organization – Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), Arts Patron – Tacoma Creates Campaign.
Arts at the Armory image: Attendees at 2021 Arts at the Armory.

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1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Multidisciplinary artists Shin Yu Pai and Justin Rueff are hard at work creating Less Desolate, a stunning haiku comics book exploring Pacific Northwest and pandemic life. The book will be published this fall โ€“ but available now for preorder! - by Blue Cactus Press. Less Desolate represents a hybrid literary art form that brings together the lyricism and associative qualities of poetry, while also drawing from the craft of sequential art. Within its pages, Pai and Rueff uncover the quiet moments of calm that anchor us within urban surroundings, while also contemplating climate change, poverty, homelessness, loneliness, parenting and mental health during isolation and confinement.

Preorder your own copy of Less Desolate at bluecactuspress.com/product/desolate

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project with Community Arts Projects funding.
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1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Find out more and read the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality's full 2022 Annual Report here: ow.ly/BJ4J50NErcP
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Find out more and read the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitalitys full 2022 Annual Report here: http://ow.ly/BJ4J50NErcP 
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#tacomaarts #tacomacreates #tacomawa #artsandculture #tacoma_wa
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Start planning your Tacoma Ocean Fest experience now! There's a whole month of ocean arts, science & events to help us all celebrate, learn about and protect our beautiful ocean. Events are FREE, family-friendly, and fun!

๐Ÿ  7-11pm June 2: Lantern Paddle for Species -- Bring your most fabulous illuminations and either paddle or watch from shore. Music, circus, art Foss Waterway Seaport
๐ŸŒด 10am-12pm June 3: Beach Cleanup -- Your chance to clean up our sea, make a trash whale mural and listen to live Hawaiian music at the Les Davis Pier
๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ 10am-5pm June 4: FESTIVAL -- Music, art, circus, poetry, dance, OceanX speakers, science, booths, kayak tryouts, food trucks, boats and the Whale Ballet
๐Ÿ™ Marine Biologist Beachwalks June 17-18 and Swan Creek Cleanup June 24.

Find out more at tacomaoceanfest.org

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through Community Arts Projects funding.
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Start planning your Tacoma Ocean Fest experience now! Theres a whole month of ocean arts, science & events to help us all celebrate, learn about and protect our beautiful ocean. Events are FREE, family-friendly, and fun!

๐Ÿ  7-11pm June 2: Lantern Paddle for Species -- Bring your most fabulous illuminations and either paddle or watch from shore. Music, circus, art Foss Waterway Seaport 
๐ŸŒด 10am-12pm June 3: Beach Cleanup -- Your chance to clean up our sea, make a trash whale mural and listen to live Hawaiian music at the Les Davis Pier
๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ 10am-5pm June 4: FESTIVAL -- Music, art, circus, poetry, dance, OceanX speakers, science, booths, kayak tryouts, food trucks, boats and the Whale Ballet
๐Ÿ™ Marine Biologist Beachwalks June 17-18 and Swan Creek Cleanup June 24.

Find out more at tacomaoceanfest.org

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through Community Arts Projects funding.
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

It's 'Tacoma Artist Tuesday'! Today we are featuring Burl Battersby -

Burl (he/him) lives in the South End of Tacoma and writes using the pseudonym B. Eugene B. He writes poetry, fiction, and personal essays, and his most recent book is Wild Rose & Other Poems Sung by the Window, published in April 2023. He is currently working on a project to explore and create new forms of contemporary/endemic poetry.

For his project โ€œVoices of Tacoma: A Gathering of Poets,โ€ Burl is designing and coordinating four parts of a project which will converge on the final publication. The four components include a monthly hybrid writer's group meeting, four poetry workshops, a call for poetry submissions about or inspired by Tacoma (from poets of all ages and from anywhere), and the compilation of an anthology of Tacoma Poetry (to be published in Fall 2024).

We are honored to support Burl's work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.
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Its Tacoma Artist Tuesday! Today we are featuring Burl Battersby -

Burl (he/him) lives in the South End of Tacoma and writes using the pseudonym B. Eugene B. He writes poetry, fiction, and personal essays, and his most recent book is Wild Rose & Other Poems Sung by the Window, published in April 2023. He is currently working on a project to explore and create new forms of contemporary/endemic poetry. 

For his project โ€œVoices of Tacoma: A Gathering of Poets,โ€ Burl is designing and coordinating four parts of a project which will converge on the final publication. The four components include a monthly hybrid writers group meeting, four poetry workshops, a call for poetry submissions about or inspired by Tacoma (from poets of all ages and from anywhere), and the compilation of an anthology of Tacoma Poetry (to be published in Fall 2024).

We are honored to support Burls work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.Image attachment
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

Join us for a Freedom Celebration Thursday, June 15th, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tollefson Plaza (1548 Commerce St)!

The City and Tacoma Art Museum are hosting a family-friendly celebration with music and performances to honor Juneteenth and the Black Lives Matter Mural, designed by artist Dionne Bonner. Hear from Mayor Woodards and C. Ivan Johnson; enjoy performances by Tacoma Poet Laureate Christian Paige and dance group The Artist Collective โ€“ Creative Direction by Kenya Adams. Eat delicious food from Bajan Station Caribbean Food (available for purchase). Make your mark by adding a handprint to the Black Lives Matter Mural. Feel free to head over to Tacoma Art Museum for FREE entry during the event.

๐Ÿ“… Thursday, June 15, from 5 to 8 PM

๐Ÿ“ Tollefson Plaza, 1548 Commerce St., in downtown Tacoma

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Shout out to Tacoma Art Museum, BLM Mural Project, Dionne Bonner, Kenya Adams, and Christian Paige!
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Join us for a Freedom Celebration Thursday, June 15th, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tollefson Plaza (1548 Commerce St)!

The City and Tacoma Art Museum are hosting a family-friendly celebration with music and performances to honor Juneteenth and the Black Lives Matter Mural, designed by artist Dionne Bonner. Hear from Mayor Woodards and C. Ivan Johnson; enjoy performances by Tacoma Poet Laureate Christian Paige and dance group The Artist Collective โ€“ Creative Direction by Kenya Adams. Eat delicious food from Bajan Station Caribbean Food (available for purchase). Make your mark by adding a handprint to the Black Lives Matter Mural. Feel free to head over to Tacoma Art Museum for FREE entry during the event.

๐Ÿ“… Thursday, June 15, from 5 to 8 PM

๐Ÿ“ Tollefson Plaza, 1548 Commerce St.,  in downtown Tacoma

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Shout out to Tacoma Art Museum, BLM Mural Project, Dionne Bonner, Kenya Adams, and Christian Paige!
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

Happening today and tomorrow! Join Barefoot Collective for Healing Movement, a FREE outdoor dance concert May 20 & 21 at 2 pm in Wapato Park. Featuring new works by Alice Grendon, Cosmic Lottery, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Dance Company, Jennifer Wolbrecht, Kaiya Holtzman, Lucille Jun, Mycelial Movement Network, Robbi A Moore, and Stephanie Kriege Pederson.

This is a site-specific show, so each dance will change location slightly. There will not be chairs or a traditional audience area; feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or whatever you need to enjoy this outdoor concert comfortably.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through our Community Arts Projects funding program.
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Happening today and tomorrow! Join Barefoot Collective for Healing Movement, a FREE outdoor dance concert May 20 & 21 at 2 pm in Wapato Park. Featuring new works by Alice Grendon, Cosmic Lottery, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Dance Company, Jennifer Wolbrecht, Kaiya Holtzman, Lucille Jun, Mycelial Movement Network, Robbi A Moore, and Stephanie Kriege Pederson.

This is a site-specific show, so each dance will change location slightly. There will not be chairs or a traditional audience area; feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or whatever you need to enjoy this outdoor concert comfortably.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through our Community Arts Projects funding program.
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