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Meet with the City of Tacoma and Artspace next week to discuss artist live/work space possibilities in Tacoma

Tacoma could be on the verge of a big change. The City arts commission has invited Artspace, a national non-profit renowned for developing property into live/work studios for artists, to come to Tacoma and see if it can happen here. The feasibility study will take place May 9 and 10, but there’s a community meeting at 7 p.m. May 9 to meet Artspace representatives and offer feedback on the plan.

What’s Artspace? If you’ve wandered around Seattle’s Pioneer Square, you’ll have seen their most famous Seattle development in the Toshiro-Kaplan lofts. One of the driving forces behind the historic area’s renaissance in the 1990s, the building houses King County arts agency 4 Culture, 15 independent galleries and a coffee shop on street level, plus 50 affordable studios where artists can live and do their work with plentiful light and space. Other Artspace developments in the Northwest include the Hiawatha lofts and in-construction Mt. Baker Station lofts in south Seattle, and lofts in Everett and Portland.

Now Tacoma has the same possibility, with the non-profit taking a look around our wealth of unused downtown historic spaces. Read more »


The Tacoma Arts Commission wants YOU

If you’re interested in guiding and supporting Tacoma’s public art scene, the Tacoma Arts Commission needs you. Three positions are currently open for folks interested in volunteering on the commission, which advises the City Council on and allocates funding for literary, visual and performing arts-related projects, oversees the municipal art program and supports programs such as Spaceworks Tacoma, Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Murals Project.

Commissioners serve for three years, meeting monthly at 5 p.m. on second Mondays in the Municipal Building downtown. The commission is currently looking for someone to represent the Cross District

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Your chance to be on the Tacoma City Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission is looking for new members who are knowledgeable and passionate about the arts in a call for applicants ending May 31. A body of 15 volunteers, the commission advises the City Council on arts-related projects, allocates cultural funding, oversees the municipal art program (the one per cent of public spending devoted to art) and support programs such as Art at Work Month and the Tacoma Murals Project.

Commission meetings are held 5 p.m. on second Mondays. Members serve three-year terms and are recommended for appointment by the Council Appointments Committee and confirmed by the City

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Tacoma Arts Commission and Evergreen College receive $300,000 as part of the inaugural “Our Town” grants from National Endowment for the Arts

The City of Tacoma’s Arts Commission and Evergreen State College are the only two Washington state recipients of a new grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, announced NEA chairman Rocco Landesman on Tuesday. The “Our Town” grants give a total of $6.575 million to 51 communities in 34 states to fund public-private partnerships that both support the arts and shape the local community in social, physical and economic ways to increase livability.

At $200,000 the grant to the Tacoma Arts Commission is one of the largest. It will help fund the redesign of the Tacoma

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Josie Emmons Turner is the new Tacoma Poet Laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission has selected Josie Emmons Turner as the 2011-2013 Poet Laureate for the City of Tacoma. The Tacoma Poet Laureate program was founded in 2008 by the Urban Grace Church, and is now managed by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission. This year is also the first laureateship to be a two-year position. Emmons Turner will be officially instated at a free public ceremony and reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month on April 28 at Bellaballs Studio.

“I am thrilled, anxious and excited to be the next Poet Laureate,” said Emmons Turner.

The program showcases

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Tacoma Arts Commission funds nine arts groups through its 2011-2012 Anchor Fund

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently announced the nine recipients of its 2011-20l2 Arts Anchor Fund program. The biennial program established in 1995 supports Tacoma arts organizations by funding artistic fees and production expenses in order to keep arts activities affordable. This year’s awards ranged from $25,000 to $40,000.

The 2011-2012 recipients are the Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists in Residence, the Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. In 2010, says the Commission, these nine organizations served 433,842 people, provided free admission to 77,941 people, and

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Tacoma Arts Commission awards $50,000 for 2011 Arts Projects

The Tacoma Arts Commission has just awarded $50,000 in 2011 Arts Projects funding to 21 different Tacoma arts organizations. Funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports public outreach in music, dance, film, theater, literary and visual arts.

“The Tacoma Arts Commission is very pleased to provide ongoing support for the Arts Projects program that blends community and creativity,” said Sarah Idstrom, 2011 chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission. “Keeping innovative and quality programming available is always a focus of the commission, but it has been particularly important during the current economic downturn. The groups funded for the 2011

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Tacoma Arts Commission funds 19 projects for 2010

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2010 City of Tacoma Arts Projects funding, recently announced. The Arts Projects, awarded annually by the Tacoma Arts Commission, support local arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Out of 33 applicants, 19 were awarded grants bewteen $1,000-$4,000 each, with a total of $45,000 awarded.

Arts Projects recipients include: 6th Avenue Business District, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Auricle LLC, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, Exquisite Disarray Publishing, Fulcrum Gallery, King’s Books, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Proctor Farmers Market, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Roosevelt Dancers, Second City

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