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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 with 5 Comments »
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. Come to our next CLAW event! Always free at Amocat. also Free Political cartoons for the People of Tacoma every tuesday–just click my handle !

  2. aranciata says:

    “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.

    The readers don’t need your one-way enlightenment of the benighted. I do not suspect that there is over 10% of the population that cannot figure out on their own that there is a lot of art that does not have a box office cost associated with it.

    FYI, you don’t have to be rich to enjoy the Seattle Symphony, I know I has a subscription for years and although my tickets were fairly expensive, I assure you that there are good seats in Benaroya hall that anyone with a job can afford. Pointing that out would be more of a service. It most certainly does not cost a minimum of $50 to attend the Seattle Symphony AND if you still cannot afford the cheapest tickets they will still make sure you get a seat foor a price you can afford.

  3. aranciata says:

    Pardon the “has” where have had should have been, sometimes I type a while and then go do other things and then come back and type some more without reading what I already had typed.

  4. banksyfan says:

    If only there were a “pessimism check” along with that spell check. Must we rip apart every article with negativity? If you hate this periodical so much then stop reading it.

  5. PassionateAboutTacoma says:

    Thanks to Rosemary and the Trib for sharing the art events with us!

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