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Glassroots needs your help

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 27, 2009 at 9:30 am with 1 Comment »
April 27, 2009 9:30 am

Summertime…and the festivals are comin’…

Arts festivals, that is. There’s Siteworks, Art on the Ave, Urban Art Festival, Showcase Tacoma–and the Glassroots Festival. Low-down and funky, Glassroots has been running every August for three years in the narrow streets near Embellish Salon for three years now. It’s featured everything from glassblowing to graffiti. But now it needs help.

A week or so ago, co-organizer Angela Jossy put out this plea on the Tacoma arts listserv:

“As some of you may know…Tacoma Arts Community is no more. The officers of that group were tired and felt that the outpouring of support that they initially had had waned and many of the goals it set out to achieve had been done. But the festival they started called Glassroots may live on. Its kind of up to you.”

Why should Glassroots survive? Well, says Jossy, it’s the only festival she knows of that doesn’t charge artists for vendor space. It also doesn’t jury items (apart from making sure they’re locally made). It’s intended to be inclusive and supportive of artists.

It’s hard work putting on something like this. Jossy and crew need more bodies to volunteer, organize and generally cheer the festival on. If you’re interested, come along to the planning meeting on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30 pm at the Tempest Lounge, 913 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma. The agenda will include picking a non-profit umbrella, setting a date, assigning responsibilities and setting more meeting dates.

Jossy puts it plainly: “If enough of you show up there will be a festival. If not, then we bid you adieu until next year.”

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