Imagine a show that brings together art, theater and music, together with telling stories, and you’ve got Live Paint, a Tacoma-based kids’ creativity group that has been helping local kids (and adults) tell stories through the arts for a few years now. It’s been hosting free shows at Tacoma Public Library branches this month, and Thursday afternoon at Swasey branch is the last show.
The company was founded by professional actor Cindy Arnold, who draws on cultural travel to Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia for the stories and cultural artifacts in the Live Paint shows. The company has toured the U.S., Ireland, Mexico and Jamaica, with plans to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Here in Tacoma, Live Paint holds classes for kids at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, birthday party entertainment and now local libraries. This weekend at Swasey the company will tell stories of how different cultures celebrate light during the dark days of the northern hemisphere winter. Children will help perform Slovakian tale “The Twelve Months,” and create an art project to go with it.