After four and a half years, nonprofit community arts center Tacoma Art Place will be closing doors on its street-front location on the Hilltop Aug. 31. Lack of funding is the primary reason for the closure, which will only affect TAP’s brick-and-mortar venue; mobile outreach activities will continue in schools and community centers.
From its beginnings, TAP has relied on donations, grants and yearly memberships to stay afloat. Founder Linda Danforth conceived of the community art-making and teaching venue after a trip to Africa, where local women were taught sewing and other income-generating crafts, with equipment supplied in a central venue that also created community support. Since then, TAP has offered workshops and classes, plus art supplies, storage and equipment from cameras to kilns, all for the cost of daily or yearly membership.
Danforth, a jewelry artist who has also begun several collectives for working artists, was honored with the 2008 City of Tacoma AMOCAT award, the 2009 Pierce County Jim Smith Award and the 2011 Business Examiner’s Rising Star award for her efforts in community-building through art.
“Unfortunately, there simply wasn’t enough public support to keep the facility open,” Danforth said in a recent press release from the City of Tacoma.
“We had a good run,” added current president Deborah Dodson.
To close in the black TAP will spend its last month fundraising, including offering equipment to members and the public for donation, as well as a raffle. The building will remain open with limited hours to allow members to complete projects.
For more information, visit tacomaartplace.org