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Welcome to Tacoma Arts Month

Celebrating 20 years!

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Art and culture programming to fill the month

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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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19 hours ago
Tacoma Arts

Join us for the unveiling of the Billy Ray Shirley, III sculpture by local artist Jasmine Brown. This is a public event, but please RSVP.

WHAT: Billy Ray Shirley, III Sculpture Unveiling
WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 11am
WHERE: Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma
PLEASE RSVP: www.paperlesspost.com/p/4f949c31d1
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Billy Ray Shirley III
April 3, 1994 - August 27, 2011

Billy Ray was a teenager who dreamed of a community center. After his life was cut short by gun violence, his mother, brother and friends became Team Billy Ray and sparked the momentum that led to the Eastside Community Center.

Billy Ray was fond of saying “I got this!” whenever someone needed a hand. The Eastside Community Center is proof that when young people dream big, anything is possible — You got this!

Team Billy Ray is: Rajah Cartright, Jaimie Jimmy Cheng, Breanna Conner-Daves, Chasity Davis, Shalisa Hayes (Mama Shay), L’Shray Jones, Jasmin McCane, Ja’Mez Person, A’Jee Randle, Kanisha Richardson, Matthew Trinh, Aislinn Turner, Richard Wallace, Briana Williams, Dasia Williams, Ashley VanPevenage

You Got This
Jasmine Iona Brown
2020
Cast Bronze

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma
Funded by Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma and the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations
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Join us for the unveiling of the Billy Ray Shirley, III sculpture by local artist Jasmine Brown. This is a public event, but please RSVP. 

WHAT: Billy Ray Shirley, III Sculpture Unveiling 
WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 11am 
WHERE: Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma
PLEASE RSVP: https://www.paperlesspost.com/p/4f949c31d1
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Billy Ray Shirley III
April 3, 1994 - August 27, 2011

Billy Ray was a teenager who dreamed of a community center. After his life was cut short by gun violence, his mother, brother and friends became Team Billy Ray and sparked the momentum that led to the Eastside Community Center.

Billy Ray was fond of saying “I got this!” whenever someone needed a hand. The Eastside Community Center is proof that when young people dream big, anything is possible — You got this!

Team Billy Ray is: Rajah Cartright, Jaimie Jimmy Cheng, Breanna Conner-Daves, Chasity Davis, Shalisa Hayes (Mama Shay), L’Shray Jones, Jasmin McCane, Ja’Mez Person, A’Jee Randle, Kanisha Richardson, Matthew Trinh, Aislinn Turner, Richard Wallace, Briana Williams, Dasia Williams, Ashley VanPevenage

You Got This
Jasmine Iona Brown
2020
Cast Bronze

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma
Funded by Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma and the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations
4 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Meet over 90 Tacoma artists this weekend at Arts at the Armory.
Learn about the creative process, purchase original artwork,
and enjoy live music from KNKX Public Radio. This free, family-friendly #TacomaArtsMonth event runs 11am - 5pm on October 16 and 17 at the Tacoma Armory (1001 S. Yakima Ave.) Masks required. This event is sponsored by Tacoma Arts Live.

Find out more at tacomaartsmonth.org/arts-at-the-armory.
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📸 Image credit: All Participating Arts at the Armory artists
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#TacomaArtsMonth #ArtsAtTheArmory #TacomaArtsLive #Artists
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Meet over 90 Tacoma artists this weekend at Arts at the Armory.
Learn about the creative process, purchase original artwork,
and enjoy live music from KNKX Public Radio. This free, family-friendly #TacomaArtsMonth event runs 11am - 5pm on October 16 and 17 at the Tacoma Armory (1001 S. Yakima Ave.) Masks required. This event is sponsored by Tacoma Arts Live.

Find out more at tacomaartsmonth.org/arts-at-the-armory.
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📸 Image credit: All Participating Arts at the Armory artists
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#TacomaArtsMonth #ArtsAtTheArmory #TacomaArtsLive #Artists
6 days 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 October 24 - 30.

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, October 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.

WLA will get back to you shortly 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 October 24 - 30.

Image credit: Washington Lawyers for the Arts
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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 October 24 - 30.

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, October 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.

WLA will get back to you shortly 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 October 24 - 30.

Image credit: Washington Lawyers for the Arts
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