October 1, 2021
Tacoma Arts Month starts today!
“Tacoma Arts Month 2021 is extremely special! Two decades have passed since its inception and our local artists continue to inspire, encourage, and reignite imagination for our city. The pandemic has only highlighted the importance of outlets to support our mental and emotional health and the arts have responded enthusiastically. I hope everyone has an opportunity to engage and spread the word so that we can all lean into the dynamic world of the creative community." - Rosie Ayala, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair
These newsletters will be sent weekly through October. For more information, visit TacomaArtsMonth.orghttps://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.tacomaartsmonth.org__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXG1KEqJ5$ and check out each presenter's website.
Tune in tonight - 20th Anniversary Special Program
[Trio Guadalevin at the Foss Waterway Seaport]Premiering Tonight!
8:00 - 8:30 pm
TV Tacoma and YouTubehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.youtube.com/user/CityofTacoma__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXNFtaIL8$
Check out the Tacoma Arts Month 20th Anniversary special program as we celebrate where we’ve been and where we are going. This special program commemorating the 20th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month includes a blessing from the Puyallup Tribe as well as performances by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Write253, Trio Guadalevin, and Northwest Sinfonietta in collaboration with Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center.
Tune in October 1 at 8:00 pm on TV Tacoma (channel 12). Program will replay throughout the month as follows:
Or, watch anytime at YouTube.com/CityofTacomahttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.youtube.com/user/CityofTacoma__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXNFtaIL8$
Looking for something to do this October?
Find an Event
Visit the Tacoma Arts Month Events pagehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/events/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXIpONbFr$ where you can find a calendar full of arts and culture events happening throughout the month. Browse all events in the calendar, search by a specific date, or use the search or filter functions to look for specific programs. New events are being added all the time.
Add an Event
Have an arts or culture event, activity, class, workshop, or exhibit that is happening in Tacoma this October that you’d like included in this calendar? Click here to add an eventhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/app.time.ly/signup?calendar_id=54705487__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXGbdjLry$ to the Tacoma Arts Month calendar. If you need assistance, please follow these step-by-step directionshttps://cms.cityoftacoma.org/CEDD/TacomaCulture/arts/TA_TAMonth_AddingEventsToCalendar.pdf.
Honor our community
[I Am Tacoma_Gerardo Pena]The 2021 AMOCAT Arts Awardshttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/amocat-arts-awards/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXA-SZ6fy$ honor our collective community for the work we have done, in big and small ways, to buoy spirits and bring us together these past two years.
We acknowledge how difficult the past two years have been and we look to you, our community, to tell us who and what has made a difference in our community through the arts. Who inspired you with their creativity? Who kept you going through it all? Where did wonder and care show up in your neighborhood?
HONOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND SHARE!
To submit your honoree, provide a name, short description, and photo or video, if possible, and share it with us anytime October 1 – 31 through one of these methods:
EXCERPTS FROM NOMINATIONS
"My nomination for the AMOCAT Arts Award for 2021 is the small but mighty literary community in Tacoma that delivered amazing online community content during the pandemic. Through well designed & delivered Zoom content, these organizations made the isolation of the times melt away as they gathered like-minded individuals to participate in enriching events! Organizations that I am aware of (I am sure there are more I am missing) include: Creative Colloquy - Jackie Casella, Blue Cactus Press - Christina Vega, Write253 - Michael Haeflinger. Thank you!" - Burl
"I would like to submit Kaylene Nelson for the AMOCAT Award. I remember the first news of the Covid pandemic hitting the media in January of 2020. Then the next week or two revealed that health care workers were desperate for simple face masks. Kaylene answered the call. Tacoma face mask brigade was born. I found Kaylene's Facebook page "Homemade Masks For Medical Professionals" and jumped on to see how I could help. This one woman had just had a baby and was the nexus of sourcing materials to create a kit enough to make 10 masks. She was a whirlwind in action. What a big heart!" - Diane
Continue reading more about these nominations and learn more about the AMOCAT Arts Awards herehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/amocat-arts-awards/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXA-SZ6fy$.
Photo credit: "I Am Tacoma" by Gerardo Peña
Check out these videos from TV Tacoma
Tacoma Arts Month Overview
Hear from Arts at the Armoryhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/arts-at-the-armory/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXKklZoMJ$ artist Suzanne Skaar, Tacoma Arts Commission Vice Chair Ben Maestas III, and Community Programs Specialist Chevi Chung share about what they're looking forward to in October. Watch herehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/youtu.be/8N9GQmmumLk__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXPalG8nV$.
Photo credit: Suzanne Skaar.
[CityLine with TPL]Tacoma Poet Laureate, Lydia K. Valentine
Lydia K. Valentine explains her role as Tacoma's Poet Laureate and shares what it means that Tacoma Arts Month is celebrating it's 20th anniversary. Watch herehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/youtu.be/zbtxA1CNTrw__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXF3MTW3n$. Find out more about the Tacoma Poet Laureatehttps://www.cityoftacoma.org/poet program and Lydiahttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.lyderaryink.com/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXOAR43QD$.
Arts at the Armory
[Arts at the Armory photo collage]October 16 & 17
11 am – 5 pm
Tacoma Armory, 1001 S Yakima Ave
Free and for all ages
Over 90 Tacoma artists, working in all artistic disciplines and mediums, welcome you to the spacious Tacoma Armory for a unique interactive arts experience. Artists will be sharing their work and you will have an opportunity to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations.
Enjoy live music by Kareem Kandi World Orchestra on Saturday and Stephanie Anne Johnson on Sunday. Music sponsored by KNKX.
This event will follow all current Covid-19 health and safety protocols. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.
Visit the Arts at the Armory webpagehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/arts-at-the-armory/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXKklZoMJ$ to learn more about all of the participating artists.
Thanks to our event sponsor, Tacoma Arts Livehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartslive.org/__;!!CRCbkf1f!FXblVJolF4EQ4_bQIr48GxTPs27xeCvkGSRPqifgwLuykaLMIKMK0KKgFSCbh07mXBtLzbr1$.
Thank you to our sponsors:
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