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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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4 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Every creative needs a marketing strategy! Join us for a fast paced, information packed online workshop, presented by Miriam Works of Business Impact NW that explains marketing how to’s, whats and whys. You will learn how to develop a strategy and how to execute it. We will cover marketing myths and misunderstandings; how untargeted marketing is counter-productive and how to plan and refine marketing efforts to draw more customers. We will review dos and don’ts of personal and digital marketing, online sales, social media and websites. ⚠️Warning: This workshop is not a technical how-to! The workshop will give you a multitude of actionable steps to market yourself and your work successfully.

Marketing for Creatives is a 🆓FREE virtual workshop on February 22, 2022 at 5-7 PM. Join at ow.ly/UYQK50HyfVi or by dialing (253) 215-8782 and entering meeting ID: 874 1261 6442 when prompted.

Questions? Contact Chevi Chung, cchung1@cityoftacoma.org, 253-591-5171.
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Every creative needs a marketing strategy! Join us for a fast paced, information packed online workshop, presented by Miriam Works of Business Impact NW that explains marketing how to’s, whats and whys. You will learn how to develop a strategy and how to execute it. We will cover marketing myths and misunderstandings; how untargeted marketing is counter-productive and how to plan and refine marketing efforts to draw more customers. We will review dos and don’ts of personal and digital marketing, online sales, social media and websites. ⚠️Warning: This workshop is not a technical how-to! The workshop will give you a multitude of actionable steps to market yourself and your work successfully.

Marketing for Creatives is a 🆓FREE virtual workshop on February 22, 2022 at 5-7 PM. Join at http://ow.ly/UYQK50HyfVi or by dialing (253) 215-8782 and entering meeting ID: 874 1261 6442 when prompted.

Questions? Contact Chevi Chung, cchung1@cityoftacoma.org, 253-591-5171.
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Interested in sustainability issues and in serving our community? The Sustainable Tacoma Commission is currently accepting applications for 5 open seats, including one youth position (ages 16-18). Tacoma Sustainability brings community accountability to the implementation of Tacoma’s 2030 Climate Action Plan and supports public involvement in sustainability issues. Interested in volunteering? Applications will be accepted through January 19th. Find out more at cityoftacoma.org/sustainabletacoma and apply at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication ... See MoreSee Less

Interested in sustainability issues and in serving our community? The Sustainable Tacoma Commission is currently accepting applications for 5 open seats, including one youth position (ages 16-18).  Tacoma Sustainability brings community accountability to the implementation of Tacoma’s 2030 Climate Action Plan and supports public involvement in sustainability issues. Interested in volunteering? Applications will be accepted through January 19th. Find out more at cityoftacoma.org/sustainabletacoma and apply at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication
1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland was in town last week, checking out the E. 40th Greenroads Project. Luckily, it was raining, so you could see the sidewalk poetry come to life. Not only is this the site of one of the "greenest roads in the world", it also showcases an amazing project by Write253 and Roosevelt Elementary School student poets - worth visiting next time it rains! Located at East 40th and the Pipeline Trail.

Learn more about the community art project here: www.write253.com/invisible-poetry

Learn more about the Greenroads project here: www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/environmentalservices/surface_water/green_stormw...

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Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland was in town last week, checking out the E. 40th Greenroads Project. Luckily, it was raining, so you could see the sidewalk poetry come to life. Not only is this the site of one of the greenest roads in the world, it also showcases an amazing project by Write253 and Roosevelt Elementary School student poets - worth visiting next time it rains! Located at East 40th and the Pipeline Trail.

Learn more about the community art project here: https://www.write253.com/invisible-poetry

Learn more about the Greenroads project here: https://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/environmentalservices/surface_water/green_stormwater_infrastructure__gsi_/gsi_projects/east_40th_street_gsi_and_utility_improvements?fbclid=IwAR1WK4B6W_QkU9vMmypUGxR0POtd4Fd2smThjO2odeUkdv2NqjuF_VMrwgk

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1 week ago
Tacoma Arts

It's been over 2 years since we've been able to do any new tapings for artTown (our cultural documentary-style TV series created in collaboration with TV Tacoma) and it feels so good to be back on location and interviewing local artists. This week we're taping a segment about the Tacoma Light Trail and interviewing several of the artists and organizer of the event.

Thanks to poet Gloria Muhammad for this photo and shout out to Dan Metzler whose art brought light to this interview. Stay tuned, new artTown segments will be released this spring on our social media, YouTube, and TV Tacoma.

There's still time to check out the Tacoma Light Trail! Find out more at tacomalighttrail.org
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Its been over 2 years since weve been able to do any new tapings for artTown (our cultural documentary-style TV series created in collaboration with TV Tacoma) and it feels so good to be back on location and interviewing local artists. This week were taping a segment about the Tacoma Light Trail and interviewing several of the artists and organizer of the event. 

Thanks to poet Gloria Muhammad for this photo and shout out to Dan Metzler whose art brought light to this interview. Stay tuned, new artTown segments will be released this spring on our social media, YouTube, and TV Tacoma. 

Theres still time to check out the Tacoma Light Trail! Find out more at tacomalighttrail.org
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#tacomaarts #tacomawa #tacomalighttrail #arttown #tvtacoma
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

Join Blue Cactus Press for "Reflecting Our Whole Selves: a virtual poetry workshop" led by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine, Lyderary Ink. This is a free🆓 75-minute workshop is on Saturday, January 15, at 11AM via Zoom. Registration is required and limited to 20 participants.

About the workshop: standing in our complete intersectional truth is an act of resilience and resistance that is a part of self-care. Join Lydia K. Valentine, a Black autistic woman who lives with situational mutism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and proprioception dysfunction, in a poetry workshop exploring the work of poets living with disability and chronic illness, and writing your own work doing the same.

Register at BlueCactusPress.com

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Join Blue Cactus Press for Reflecting Our Whole Selves: a virtual poetry workshop led by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine, Lyderary Ink. This is a free🆓 75-minute workshop is on Saturday, January 15, at 11AM via Zoom. Registration is required and limited to 20 participants.

About the workshop: standing in our complete intersectional truth is an act of resilience and resistance that is a part of self-care. Join Lydia K. Valentine, a Black autistic woman who lives with situational mutism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and proprioception dysfunction, in a poetry workshop exploring the work of poets living with disability and chronic illness, and writing your own work doing the same. 

Register at BlueCactusPress.com

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#reflectingourwholeselves #poetryworkshop #literaryarts #bluecactuspress #creativewriting #tacomapoetlaureate #tacomawa #tacoma_wa
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is offering WLA Legal Advice Week (“WLA LAW”), a special week-long pro bono ☎️telephone clinic where artists and arts professionals statewide can get 30 minutes of 🆓FREE advice related to their legal issues from January 17-21.

The clinic is open to artists and arts organizations throughout Washington State. Legal issues must relate to an artistic discipline but can cover a wide range of areas such as copyright, trademark, publicity rights, licensing, fair use, business formation, and contract review. Issues involving patent law, employment law, family law, criminal law and tax law are not appropriate for WLA LAW. Availability may be limited based on the type of legal issue and expertise of the participating attorneys.

Sign up for a 30-minute phone appointment with an experienced attorney at thewla.org/wla-law-artist-request-form. Intakes for the June virtual clinic will be accepted until the evening of Thursday, January 13.

WLA will get back to you to gather more information and connect you with an attorney with whom you will arrange a 30-minute phone appointment on a mutually agreed day and time between January 17-21.

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Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is offering WLA Legal Advice Week (“WLA LAW”), a special week-long pro bono ☎️telephone clinic where artists and arts professionals statewide can get 30 minutes of 🆓FREE advice related to their legal issues from January 17-21.

The clinic is open to artists and arts organizations throughout Washington State. Legal issues must relate to an artistic discipline but can cover a wide range of areas such as copyright, trademark, publicity rights, licensing, fair use, business formation, and contract review. Issues involving patent law, employment law, family law, criminal law and tax law are not appropriate for WLA LAW. Availability may be limited based on the type of legal issue and expertise of the participating attorneys.

Sign up for a 30-minute phone appointment with an experienced attorney at thewla.org/wla-law-artist-request-form. Intakes for the June virtual clinic will be accepted until the evening of Thursday, January 13.

WLA will get back to you to gather more information and connect you with an attorney with whom you will arrange a 30-minute phone appointment on a mutually agreed day and time between January 17-21.

Image courtesy of Washington Lawyers for the Arts
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