The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the recipients of its 2011 AMOCAT Arts Awards, given in three separate categories plus one more created for the 10th year of the commission’s Art at Work Month. The new Arts Leadership award goes to David Fischer, executive director of arts presenter/manager the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts; the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation receive the Arts Patron award; the D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts receives the award for Community Outreach by an organization while the Community Outreach award by an artist goes to poet and filmmaker Stella Haioulani.
The AMOCAT awards, which spell Tacoma backwards, annually recognize organizations and artists who provide distinctive contributions to the arts in Tacoma, the press release said. They are presented at the free, public opening celebration for November’s Art at Work Month. This year’s party will be hosted by the Museum of Glass from 6-8:30 p.m. on November 3, and will include contemporary dance from BQdanza, fire dancing by Flair Entertainment, renditions of Tacoma-themed songs by Two Old, Two New barbershop quartet and an iron and ice pour by Tacoma Community College, along with appetizers and cake.
Leading the Broadway Center since 2006, David Fischer has helped the organization triple its audience, quadrupling its arts programming and increasing diversity, education and community outreach, while managing the three city-owned theaters in a fiscally responsible way.
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation supports the arts through grants, awards and programming to a total of nearly $500,000 last year.
The D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts continues to provide low-cost of free arts instruction, education and mentorship for at-risk and underserved youth on Tacoma’s Hilltop.
Stella Haioulani is a filmmaker, disk jockey, writer, poet and consultant who founded literary arts company Free Ya Mind and who has hosted its spoken word open mike every month for 10 years.
For more information on the AMOCATS and Art at Work Month, visit www.artatworktacoma.com