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Rosemary Ponnekanti’s Free Arts Month

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2010 at 6:16 am |
December 27, 2010 11:26 am
Art Chantry poster, featured in Tacoma Public Library free event next week. Courtesy photo.

The holidays might be fun, but then comes the crunch – I’ve blown my budget on gifts and January’s looking pretty thrifty. You might be in the same boat, or maybe $50 opera or ballet tickets always look a bit expensive whenever they happen. Full disclosure – I usually get complimentary tickets to shows if I’m reviewing them, but I often pay for my family’s tickets, so I realize that good art often comes at a hefty price.

Well, not this month. For January I’ve vowed to show everyone that you don’t have to be rich to enjoy art, classical music, dance, film or theater. You just have to know where to go, and when. Every day this month I’ll be going to a free art event somewhere in Tacoma (though there are others outside the city, too.) I’ll be blogging what I do, and you can check out my week in advance every Friday in GO Arts. If you decide to come too, introduce yourself!

Why am I committing to attending a month’s worth of free arts? Because it’s possible, and because I want other people to know how to do it. Whether we have kids or a tight budget or just feel like getting a good deal, it’s possible to experience good art every day of the month, and I’m going to do it. And the bonus is that what I’m doing is available most months of the year – free museum nights, pay-what-you-can theater, free concerts and films.

This week I’ll be attending the biggest free arts event of the year, First Night (okay, it’s technically on December 31 but hey, part of it goes into January 1!), plus visiting galleries and murals, and meeting local poster artist Art Chantry at the library.

So follow me through this blog and in print, and I’ll show you how to art up your life for free.

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