The City of Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s winners of their AMOCAT awards for “vision, dedication and action in creating a live arts community” in the city. The awards (which spell TACOMA backwards, in case you didn’t figure that out) have been going on for several years now, though unfortunately they don’t represent any moolah, just honor and glory.
Here are the winners, in three categories:
King’s Books, for Community Outreach by an Organization. King’s does a wonderful job of hosting everything from Shakespeare in the Parking Lot to bookgroups. The used/new bookstore on St. Helens’ has seen spelling bees, Punch and Judy shows and a steamroller printing on the sidewalk. In my humble opinion, this award should be accepted by King’s superhero employee sweet pea Flaherty (his legal, lowercase name) who tirelessly organizes, supports and energizes all these events.
Hotel Murano, for Arts Patron. Who else has had the gumption to create a $22million hotel in Tacoma featuring 45 international glass artists? And you can now tour the private areas of the hotel, to see even more glass.
Linda Danforth, for Community Outreach by an Artist. Linda isn’t just a jewelry artist. She’s also the catalyst for two artist cooperatives (the Jet and the Broadway) and for Tacoma Art Place, a drop-in art center with low-cost or free equipment and classes, just coming up to its one-year anniversary. Go Linda!
The awardees will be honored at the AMOCAT presentations on Oct. 29, from 6-9 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum. The event also kicks off the City of Tacoma’s Art at Work month, on which more later. It’s a free party, with hors d’oeuvres, Pearl Django hot club jazz, art making, poetry reading and of course, TAM’s galleries.