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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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4 days ago
Tacoma Arts

Shout out to Tacoma City Ballet and their dancers celebrating the concrete stamp in Lushootseed, designed by Chris Duenas!

Image credit: Tacoma City Ballet
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Shout out to Tacoma City Ballet and their dancers celebrating the concrete stamp in Lushootseed, designed by Chris Duenas!

Image credit: Tacoma City Ballet
4 days ago
Tacoma Arts

More concrete stamps going in, designed by Chris Duenas. This gorgeous octopus stamp is 3’x3’ at 6th and Fawcett. ... See MoreSee Less

More concrete stamps going in, designed by Chris Duenas. This gorgeous octopus stamp is 3’x3’ at 6th and Fawcett.
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

UPDATE: Handprint painting planned for this weekend (July 30) has been rescheduled to August 6 because of the expected heat advisory.

Join BLM Mural Project on Saturday, August 6 from 1-5pm for Community Handprint Painting Day! Add your handprint and help transform Tollefson Plaza into a mural and a message that racial equality is a collective work in progress. The public is encouraged to join this free and fun community event! No prior experience is necessary. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Link to learn more about the project and ways you can get involved here: tinyurl.com/BLMMuralTacoma.

Image credit: Dionne Bonner, Lead Artist, BLM Mural Project
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#BLM #blmtacoma #muralart #blmartist #blackartmatters #tacoma_wa #tacomawashington #tacomawa #southsound #downtowntacoma #pacave #gritcity #253 #piercecounty
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UPDATE: Handprint painting planned for this weekend (July 30) has been rescheduled to August 6 because of the expected heat advisory.

Join BLM Mural Project on Saturday, August 6 from 1-5pm for Community Handprint Painting Day! Add your handprint and help transform Tollefson Plaza into a mural and a message that racial equality is a collective work in progress. The public is encouraged to join this free and fun community event! No prior experience is necessary. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Link to learn more about the project and ways you can get involved here: tinyurl.com/BLMMuralTacoma.

Image credit: Dionne Bonner, Lead Artist, BLM Mural Project
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#BLM #BLMTacoma #MuralArt #BLMArtist #BlackArtMatters #Tacoma_WA #TacomaWashington #TacomaWA #SouthSound #DowntownTacoma #PacAve #GritCity #253 #PierceCounty
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

We're two weeks away from FREE Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict Utilizing Art-Making and Creativity Workshop led by Dalisha Phillips, LMHCA, ATR-P. This workshop will explore art-making and creative experientials intended to boost emotional intelligence and courageous ways of caring for self when experiencing change, challenge, and/or conflict.

Dalisha is an Artist, Art Therapist, and Abolitionist 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. Her private Art Therapy practice, Love Light Energy Art Therapy, can be found in Georgetown, Seattle.

When: August 10, 2022 at 5-7 PM

Cost: FREE

Registration is required to attend this workshop and limited to 25 participants attendees. To register, click here: ow.ly/1Hnz50JRXbZ

If you have any questions about accessibility and session details, please contact Dalisha Phillips at 253.260.6139 or dalisha.phillips@lovelightenergyarttherapy.com or Chevi Chung at 253.591.5171 or cchung1@cityoftacoma.org in advance.

Hosted by Love Light Energy Art Therapy and City of Tacoma Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality. The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality will be collaborating with local organizations to provide free professional development workshops for Tacoma creatives, artists, creative workers, cultural workers, and arts advocates.

Image credit: Dalisha Phillips
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Were two weeks away from FREE Keeping It Cool Through Change, Challenge, and Conflict Utilizing Art-Making and Creativity Workshop led by Dalisha Phillips, LMHCA, ATR-P. This workshop will explore art-making and creative experientials intended to boost emotional intelligence and courageous ways of caring for self when experiencing change, challenge, and/or conflict.

Dalisha is an Artist, Art Therapist, and Abolitionist 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. Her private Art Therapy practice, Love Light Energy Art Therapy, can be found in Georgetown, Seattle.

When: August 10, 2022 at 5-7 PM

Cost: FREE

Registration is required to attend this workshop and limited to 25 participants attendees. To register, click here: http://ow.ly/1Hnz50JRXbZ

If you have any questions about accessibility and session details, please contact Dalisha Phillips at 253.260.6139 or dalisha.phillips@lovelightenergyarttherapy.com  or Chevi Chung at 253.591.5171 or cchung1@cityoftacoma.org in advance.

Hosted by Love Light Energy Art Therapy and City of Tacoma Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality. The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality will be collaborating with local organizations to provide free professional development workshops for Tacoma creatives, artists, creative workers, cultural workers, and arts advocates.

Image credit: Dalisha Phillips
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

Join the BLM Mural Project this Saturday, July 30, at 10am-2pm for Community Handprint Painting Day! Add your handprint and help transform Tollefson Plaza into a mural and a message that racial equality is a collective work in progress. The public is encouraged to join this free and fun community event! No prior experience is necessary. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Learn more about the BLM Mural Project here: tinyurl.com/BLMMuralTacoma

Image credit: Dionne Bonner, Lead Artist, BLM Mural Project

#blmmuralproject #BLM #blmtacoma #muralart #blmartist #blackartmatters #tacoma_wa #tacomawashington #tacomawa #southsound #downtowntacoma #pacave #gritcity #253 #piercecounty
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Join the BLM Mural Project this Saturday, July 30, at 10am-2pm for Community Handprint Painting Day! Add your handprint and help transform Tollefson Plaza into a mural and a message that racial equality is a collective work in progress. The public is encouraged to join this free and fun community event! No prior experience is necessary. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Learn more about the BLM Mural Project here: tinyurl.com/BLMMuralTacoma

Image credit: Dionne Bonner, Lead Artist, BLM Mural Project

#blmmuralproject #BLM #BLMTacoma #MuralArt #BLMArtist #BlackArtMatters #Tacoma_WA #TacomaWashington #TacomaWA #SouthSound #DowntownTacoma #PacAve #GritCity #253 #PierceCounty
2 weeks ago
Tacoma Arts

💡 Are you eligible for funding from Working Washington Grants: Round 5? Check the list! You might be eligible to apply if you:

• did not report more than $5,000,000 in income in 2019
• have a UBI, EIN, or UEI number
• can show financial hardship because of the pandemic

✔️ Take the eligibility quiz and get ready to apply: commercegrants.com
✉️ Sign up for updates: bit.ly/wwr#workingwashingtonround5ashingtonRound5 will op#workingwashingtonround5a#washingtongrantsa#artsfundingt#workingwashingtonr#washingtonstatewashingtonstate
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💡 Are you eligible for funding from Working Washington Grants: Round 5? Check the list! You might be eligible to apply if you:

• did not report more than $5,000,000 in income in 2019
• have a UBI, EIN, or UEI number
• can show financial hardship because of the pandemic

✔️ Take the eligibility quiz and get ready to apply: commercegrants.com 
✉️ Sign up for updates: bit.ly/wwr5updates
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#WorkingWashingtonRound5 will open August 17. 
#workingwashingtonround5 #washingtongrants #artsfunding #workingwashington #washingtonstate
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