Hard to believe, but Tacoma’s Art at Work Month is 10 years old. That’s 10 years of studio tours, organized events, artist promotion and workshops, all courtesy of the City of Tacoma Arts Commission. This year offers more of the same, beginning with a kick-off party at the Museum of Glass next Thursday and including new Art Bus tours.
The party, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, will be held this year at the Museum of Glass, switching out from previous years at Tacoma Art Museum. Appetizers, a no-host bar and cake are on offer, plus contemporary dance from BQDanza, fire dancing, an iron and ice pour and barbershop quartet Two Old, Two New. The AMOCAT Awards will also be presented. It’s free.
The month is full of all the usual arts events that happen in Tacoma, but the next special one is the artist open-studio tour weekend. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6, 57 local artists will open up their work space to curious visitors, with demonstrations and hands-on activities. You can create your own tour of the 37 locations via the brochure (available at art locations around town) or the interactive Google map here. There are also two tours on Nov. 5 held by Tacoma’s Art Bus, and departing from Tacoma Art Museum. Tour A runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. around south Tacoma, Tour B runs 2-4:30 p.m. around north Tacoma and downtown. The bus costs $10 for one tour, $18 for both. Purchase in advance at www.tacomaartbus.com or half an hour prior to departure at the curb outside TAM.
Other Art at Work Month events include a public art tour of the proposed Prairie Line Trail downtown, held by the Arts Commission and leaving Tollefson Plaza (1700 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) at 2 p.m. Nov. 12. The annual Arts Symposium runs 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19 -20 at the University of Puget Sound, and offers workshops and panels to local artists. Cost: $7 per session/$12 per day/$20 for both days.
For all information on Art at Work Month activities, call 253-591-5191 or visit www.artatworktacoma.com