The City of Tacoma Arts Commission has just announced the 17 recipients of the 2009-2010 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program, one of three funding programs managed by the Commission. Started in 1999, the TAIP supports artists in creating new work and presenting it free to the public. The $45,000 in grant money was split this round between 17 artists in all disciplines, with each recipient receiving between $2,000-$3,500.
"These awards provide artists the resources to explore and develop their artistry more fully. It is our intention that this investment in Tacoma ‘s working artists will contribute to the on-going dialog about our city, our community and art itself," said Robin Echtle, chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Grant recipients were cartoonist R.R. Anderson, playwright C. Rosalind Bell, photographer Victoria Bjorklund, painter Becky Frehse, choreographer Robin Jaecklein, painter Matthew Johnson, mixed media artist Maria Jost, painter Fumiko Kimura, poet William Kupinse, photographer Steven McElrath, printmaker Chandler O’Leary, metalsmith Amy Reeves, ceramicist Claudia Riedener, poet Tammy Robacker, sculptor Mauricio Robalino, playwright Nicholas Stokes and Native American artist Chholing Taha.
Proposed grant projects include a poetry anthology, a new play, a dance piece, public exhibits of two-and three-dimensional visual art and a tile mural at the South Tacoma Public Library.
For more information on the TAIP grants and the Arts Commission, visit www.tacomaculture.org