Taken a look at local bus backsides lately?
They’re sporting the very cool design for Art at Work month, which for the whole of November celebrates local artists doing their thing in studio tours, art slams, workshops and more. Better still, when you get on board the bus, you can see some actual art: poems by local poets printed in letterpress broadsides by local small press printers.
The broadsides are a new feature of the annual Art at Work month, and a brainchild of the City of Tacoma’s Arts Commission, which organizes the whole event. The Commission worked with six local poets and seven local letterpress artists to create seven broadsides (for the seventh anniversary of Art at Work month). The artists have created a limited edition of 40 for each, and reprints have been up on Pierce Transit buses for a few days now.
Participating poets/letterpress artists are Allen Braden/Chloe Scheffe, Crystal Hoffer/Chris Sharp, Kay Mullen/Isaac Solverson, Diane Toft-Knowles/Ric Matthies, Allen Braden/Beautiful Angle, Tim Sherry/Jessica Spring, and Kevin Miller/David Johnston.
And if you don’t catch them in person on the bus, you can see the lot at tacomaculture.org/arts/AWbroadsides.asp
Art at Work month officially kicks off tonight with a free party at Tacoma Art Museum. There’ll be live music by Pearl Django, poetry readings, hands-on art, hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar and TAM’s galleries. The City will be handing out its AMOCAT awards to the 2008 winners and honoring recipients of 2008 City grants. 6-9 p.m. tonight. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-591-5191, www.tacomaculture.org