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Welcome to Tacoma Arts Month

Celebrating 20 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.

Arts at the Armory

Over 90 Tacoma artists, all under one roof.  October 16 & 17, 11 am – 5 pm. Free

20th Anniversary

Celebrating where we’ve been and where we’re going

AMOCAT Arts Awards

Honoring the innovation and care of our collective community

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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6 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Brothers Daniel Duenas Jr., Anthony Duenas, and Chris Duenas are three Puyallup Tribal artists who worked with the City of Tacoma to create artwork to cover traffic signal boxes around the city. Their three designs include sc’ulsxʷayəʔ (Bull Frog Lady), ƛ’əxʷayʔ (Dog Salmon People) and sbəq’ʷəʔ (Blue Heron). These designs come from dukʷibəɫ ‘The Changer/Transformer’, which is the creation story of the Puyallup Tribe.

This is an image of sc’ulsxʷayəʔ (Bull Frog Lady), who was a blind old grandmother who babysat the child who would become the Changer. While the Bull Frog Lady was watching the child, the child was kidnapped by the Dog Salmon People.

View the artwork in this series, learn more about the story behind the designs, and hear it told in Lushootseed at ow.ly/NO4p50GTOHZ

Image credit: Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Twulshootseed (Puyallup Language Program)
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Brothers Daniel Duenas Jr., Anthony Duenas, and Chris Duenas are three Puyallup Tribal artists who worked with the City of Tacoma to create artwork to cover traffic signal boxes around the city. Their three designs include sc’ulsxʷayəʔ (Bull Frog Lady), ƛ’əxʷayʔ (Dog Salmon People) and sbəq’ʷəʔ (Blue Heron). These designs come from dukʷibəɫ ‘The Changer/Transformer’, which is the creation story of the Puyallup Tribe.

This is an image of sc’ulsxʷayəʔ (Bull Frog Lady), who was a blind old grandmother who babysat the child who would become the Changer. While the Bull Frog Lady was watching the child, the child was kidnapped by the Dog Salmon People.

View the artwork in this series, learn more about the story behind the designs, and hear it told in Lushootseed at  http://ow.ly/NO4p50GTOHZ

Image credit: Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Twulshootseed (Puyallup Language Program)
7 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Check out this offering from the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab! Learn more in the post below.

Washington State Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts🌟 Registration open!
Ideas to Action: Anti-racist Practices in Arts Education, a TAT Lab conversation - January 20, 4:00-6:30pm.

Interested in better understanding the nuances of anti-racist practices in our field? Join us to explore both the historical context of white supremacy within arts/education/arts education and strategies to disrupt this system.

This virtual event is open to teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state.

✅ No previous TAT Lab experience required, and TAT Lab Alumni are welcome. Register here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TATIdeas

Washington State Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts
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Check out this offering from the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab! Learn more in the post below.

Washington State Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Attend a FREE workshop, Well-being with Confidence: Find Your Therapeutic Fit / Workshop led by Dalisha Phillips, on Monday, November 22 at 4:00 - 5:00 PM. To register click here: ow.ly/iMW250GSqmg. Note: registration closes at noon on Monday, November 22.

This one-hour workshop, led by Dalisha Phillips, offers guidance, clarity, and resources for the process of finding the right therapist and culturally relevant approach to well-being for you. Choosing to engage in therapy can be a challenging decision to make and finding the right approach or practitioner can feel overwhelming. However, you are worth the work! With a little help from a mental health professional it is possible to feel empowered in the process of finding your therapeutic fit and embarking upon or reinvigorating your journey toward caring for self. Registration required and this workshop will be offered via Zoom.

About Dalisha Phillips
Dalisha Phillips (LMHCA, ATR-P) is an artist and art therapist who finds her freedom in creating, healing through art, and investing in the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities of color. She brings her therapeutic work to education spaces through counseling services for students, teachers, staff, as well as professional development on social and emotional learning and restorative practices.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Learn more at ow.ly/V0Nl50GSrlb.

Have Questions? Email Program Manager Lydia Boss at lydia@artisttrust.org.

Image courtesy of Dalisha Phillips and Artist Trust
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Attend a FREE workshop, Well-being with Confidence: Find Your Therapeutic Fit / Workshop led by Dalisha Phillips, on Monday, November 22 at 4:00 - 5:00 PM. To register click here: http://ow.ly/iMW250GSqmg. Note: registration closes at noon on Monday, November 22.

This one-hour workshop, led by Dalisha Phillips, offers guidance, clarity, and resources for the process of finding the right therapist and culturally relevant approach to well-being for you. Choosing to engage in therapy can be a challenging decision to make and finding the right approach or practitioner can feel overwhelming. However, you are worth the work! With a little help from a mental health professional it is possible to feel empowered in the process of finding your therapeutic fit and embarking upon or reinvigorating your journey toward caring for self. Registration required and this workshop will be offered via Zoom. 

About Dalisha Phillips
Dalisha Phillips (LMHCA, ATR-P) is an artist and art therapist who finds her freedom in creating, healing through art, and investing in the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities of color. She brings her therapeutic work to education spaces through counseling services for students, teachers, staff, as well as professional development on social and emotional learning and restorative practices.

About Artist Trust 
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Learn more at http://ow.ly/V0Nl50GSrlb.

Have Questions? Email Program Manager Lydia Boss at lydia@artisttrust.org.

Image courtesy of Dalisha Phillips and Artist Trust
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Join Blue Cactus Press in celebrating the publication of We Need a Reckoning, an anthology of creative writing by women and non-binary people of color of the greater Tacoma area! We're celebrating the arrival of this stellar collection of poems, memoir and essays on Thursday, December 30th, at 7PM via Zoom. The event includes readings by Kellie Richardson, Judy Cuellar, Jesi Hanley Vega, Janae Hill, and Katherine Felts; and the musical storytelling of Kim Archer. Plus, more to come.

This event is free but registration is required. To register, email bluecactuspress@gmail.com.

Find the Facebook event at ow.ly/oRSE50GS8wT

The Tacoma Arts Commission is pleased to support this project through the 2021 Community Arts Projects funding program.

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Join Blue Cactus Press in celebrating the publication of We Need a Reckoning, an anthology of creative writing by women and non-binary people of color of the greater Tacoma area! Were celebrating the arrival of this stellar collection of poems, memoir and essays on Thursday, December 30th, at 7PM via Zoom. The event includes readings by Kellie Richardson, Judy Cuellar, Jesi Hanley Vega, Janae Hill, and Katherine Felts; and the musical storytelling of Kim Archer. Plus, more to come.

This event is free but registration is required. To register, email bluecactuspress@gmail.com.

Find the Facebook event at http://ow.ly/oRSE50GS8wT
 
The Tacoma Arts Commission is pleased to support this project through the 2021 Community Arts Projects funding program.

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#weneedareckoningbook #bluecactuspress #creativewriting #booklaunch #tacomawa #tacoma_wa
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

📚Meet the author of Tacoma Public Library’s Tacoma Reads 2021 young adult and teen selection, A Good Kind of Trouble, Lisa Moore Ramée in this virtual talk! Tacoma's own Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine, Lyderary Ink, will host this discussion on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Zoom. This is a 🆓free webinar, click here ow.ly/P2Fx50GRl0w to register for this Tacoma Reads event!

Have questions? Contact Sara Holloway at (253) 280-2967 and sholloway@tacomalibrary.org.

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#TacomaReads #LisaMooreRamee #AGoodKindofTrouble #LydiaKValentine #TacomaPoetLaureate #TacomaPublicLibrary
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📚Meet the author of Tacoma Public Library’s Tacoma Reads 2021 young adult and teen selection, A Good Kind of Trouble, Lisa Moore Ramée in this virtual talk! Tacomas own Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine, Lyderary Ink, will host this discussion on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Zoom. This is a 🆓free webinar, click here http://ow.ly/P2Fx50GRl0w to register for this Tacoma Reads event!

Have questions? Contact Sara Holloway at (253) 280-2967 and sholloway@tacomalibrary.org.

Image courtesy of Tacoma Public Library
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#TacomaReads #LisaMooreRamee #AGoodKindofTrouble #LydiaKValentine #TacomaPoetLaureate #TacomaPublicLibrary
3 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

You are invited to Festival Latinx, presented by Latinx Unidos of the South Sound - LUSS. This is a FREE community celebration of the Latino communities of the South Sound, with music, dance, art, crafts and more! Safely enjoy performances from mariachi to salsa, along with vibrant art installations and a mercadito. Proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid test within 72-hours of event required.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event with Community Arts Projects funding.
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#tacomaarts #tacomawa #festivallatinx
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You are invited to Festival Latinx, presented by Latinx Unidos of the South Sound - LUSS. This is a FREE community celebration of the Latino communities of the South Sound, with music, dance, art, crafts and more! Safely enjoy performances from mariachi to salsa, along with vibrant art installations and a mercadito. Proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid test within 72-hours of event required.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event with Community Arts Projects funding.
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#tacomaarts #tacomawa #festivallatinx
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ʔuk’ʷədiitəb ʔuhigʷətəb čəɫ txʷəl tiiɫ ʔa čəɫ ʔal tə swatxʷixʷtxʷəd ʔə tiiɫ puyaləpabš dxʷəsɫaɫlils gʷəl ʔutxʷəlšucidəbs həlgʷəʔ.
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