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Artist Trust Will Award $1,500 Each to 60 Recipients with Grants for Artist Projects

13 Apr

2017 Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects is open

Artist Trust’s annual  Grants for Artist Projects is now open!

Artist Trust begins another year of Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) program. This cycle, they will grant $1,500 grants to 60 artists of all disciplines from all backgrounds and regions of the state. The grant is open to individual generative artists and artist teams working in any creative discipline and residing in Washington State. They are reaching for a large and diverse pool of artists applying from around the state.

NOTE: Applications submitted by April 17, 2017 are eligible for preliminary review and feedback from AT staff

In addition to the 60 GAP recipients, one artist will receive a one-month residency at Centrum located in Port Townsend and a $500 stipend. Continue reading

UPS Selects Spaceworks for 2017 Distinguished Community Partner Award, Recognizes Gwen Kohl

10 Apr
Gwen Kohl & Heather Joy receive UPS 2017 Distinguished Community Partner Award presented by Lynnette Claire, Ph. D.

Gwen Kohl & Heather Joy receive UPS 2017 Distinguished Community Partner award on behalf of Spaceworks Tacoma presented by Lynnette Claire, Ph. D.

On April 7, 2017, University of Puget Sound recognized Spaceworks Tacoma with 2017 Distinguished Community Partner award. Thanks to Gwen Kohl’s exceptional leadership and inspiration Spaceworks has collaborated with UPS students in many ways, particularly in relation to entrepreneurship.

Gwen works as Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program Coordinator and also as Program Manager of Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), another program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Both programs have collaborated with the Entrepreneurship Club at Puget Sound and the entrepreneurship program at Annie Wright for International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in November 2016. Continue reading

Tactical Urbanism in Tacoma – Mike Lydon on Improving Public Places, March 31st

28 Mar

Talk Tacoma 2017 is a series of events put on by Downtown On the Go!

Downtown On the Go! invites you to engage in the community at one of their public forums:

Friday, March 31st, noon – 1 p.m.

Court House Square in downtown Tacoma

Tacoma and our region are changing quickly. Downtown on the Go! is committed to keeping the people in our community at the center of that process. They are excited to explore innovative community engagement strategies in their March Friday Forum focused on Tactical Urbanism. “Tactical urbanism” is a term used to describe low-cost, temporary changes intended to improve  public places. Continue reading

Grow, Market Your Business at Women and Minority-Owned Business Networking Event

28 Mar

Sourced Write and the Tacoma Urban League present

Our Hub: WMBE Resource Event

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Bates Technical College | 2320 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

High caliber networking | Refreshments provided | Space is limited

Free Registration for Attendees

Booths available for businesses and organizations, see event link for registration


This event is part of Our Hub series which will be hosted in Tacoma March 30th, to discuss how to market your business to the government and where to find resources to further your business. At this free event, in addition to networking, you will hear from two keynote speakers and one guest speaker.

“This event brought my start-up business into a whole new realm of opportunity!”
– L. Gamble, Renaissance21

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Artists, Community Members, Students Invited to Submit to Art Windows Bremerton’s Call for Art

24 Mar

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2017

Artwork Installation: April 30, 2017 and ongoing

Duration: 1-3 months, depends on the venue

Artist Stipends: $100-$300 budget, depends on complexity and duration of installation

Next Call For Art rotation will be Aug, Sept, July.

Art Windows Bremerton sculptural installations by Carla Grahn and Marie Weichman

Sculptural installations by Carla Grahn and Marie Weichman. Art Windows Bremerton Issued Call For Art Due March 30, 2017

Residents of the City of Bremerton, the Kitsap Peninsula as well as artists around Puget Sound have a great opportunity to exhibit their artwork, exercise display design, and infuse Bremerton with creative installations. Continue reading

Your Business Can Make a Difference Through Social Enterprise Partnership With the City of Tacoma

21 Mar
City of Tacoma issued a request for interest to partner with small business in South Tacoma Way

The City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services Department is seeking a private partner to train and employ youth between the ages of 16-24 years old.

RFI Deadline Extended to March 31 for Submitting Request for Interest

The City of Tacoma has extended its request for interest (RFI) proposal deadline to March 31, 2017 for businesses interested in making a difference while turning a profit in an approximately 1,500 square foot commercial space at 5401 S. Tacoma Way. Continue reading

Tacoma March Art Walk: Spaceworks Highlights

15 Mar

Third Thursday on March 16, 2017 gives you a lot to think about. All the events listed below are free, open for your participation, and within three blocks of each other! Mark your calendar and plot a walking route to add these stops to personalize your Tacoma art walk.

Opening Reception at the Spaceworks Gallery (Curator Silong Chhun)

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Exhibition Runs: March 9th to April 20th

Explore the dramatic impact of war, genocide, resettlement, and deportation of Cambodian Americans today while experiencing their cultural contributions. This exhibition features artwork by contemporary artists as well as photos and text from Khmer American: Naga Sheds Its Skin, an exhibition created by the Khmer American community and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. For exhibition background read the Spaceworks Blog.

Join the opening reception, March 16th, 2017, 5-9pm. This event is free and open to the public and will offer food & beverages. Invite your friends on the Facebook Event Page.Spaceworks Gallery Logo

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Jason Sobottka – 1120 Creative House Featured Artist

Jason Sobbotka - A Lesson About Murderous Mary, acrylic, oil and glitter on panel, 11

Teaching About Marryweb painting by Jason Sobbotka

Jason is the newest tenant at 1120 Creative House. He is a professional artist and arts educator. He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s first tenured visual art instructor. He exhibits his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures around the nation. Jason was awarded the Winter 2012 Faculty Excellence Award and was nominated for 2016 Foundation of Art Award presented by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

His past experience includes working for Tacoma Art Museum’s Education Department, where he designed and built the museum’s hands-on art making gallery, the Open Art Studio.

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Artist Mentorship Night at 1120 Creative House

Tacoma artists and art patrons mingle at 1120 Creative house. Third Thursday Artwalk, November 2015.Artist Trust invites you to join this informal mentorship and networking event that gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world. Featuring artists and arts leaders: Masahiro Sugano, Filmmaker and director: Amy McBride, Arts Administrator for City of Tacoma: Heather Joy, Manager of Spaceworks Tacoma: Aaron Spiro, musician and co-founder of Alma Mater Tacoma: Patsy Surh O’Connell, artist and Founder/President of Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

March 16, 2017, FREE
5:00 – 7:30 PM

1120 Creative House
1120 Pacific Ave, 2nd Floor
Tacoma, WA 98402

*This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to attend. Click Here for RSVP at BrownPaperTickets.com

Click here for more event details

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Nearby: Kristina Ward – Evocative Portraits at Liftbridge Coffee

Portrait of Amy Vaughn by Kristina WardLiftbridge Coffee bar invites you to the artist reception for Kristina Ward, 6-9pm with live music by Colin Reynolds starting at 8pm.

Find great coffee, music, and art at Courthouse Square: 1102 A St , Tacoma, WA 98402

Artist statement:

For me making art is a type of meditation, and for this series I intentionally cast my focus on the wisdom of animals and a few amazing women. Each animal by its very nature has a sort of medicine to offer, something to be learned from their approach to and way of moving through life.

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Last Chance to View Current Round of Artscapes

Walk by the Woolworth windows, Tollbooth Gallery, and Court House Square during March art walk to view the current round of Artscapes installations. This is your last chance to see installations by Erika Norris, Amanda Triplett, Matthew Dockrey, Blake Carter, Eric Olson, and Allison Hyde (all pictured below). Spaceworks’ Artscapes program places 2D, 3D, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma.

Click here for details on all current Artscapes

2016 Was a Colorful Year for Tacoma, Report by Tacoma Arts Commission Shows

14 Mar

Arts and culture are essential to Tacoma’s renaissance and continued growth. The City of Tacoma nurtures its creative ecosystem providing many opportunities for residents and visitors to access and participate in the arts. In addition to supporting artists and arts organizations through funding, public art, programming, and policy, the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality […]

via 2016 by the numbers — Tacoma Arts

You can read more about the 2016 accomplishments of the Tacoma Arts Commission here.

Scars & Stripes – Red Scarf Revolution Presents New Exhibit at the Spaceworks Gallery

9 Mar

 

Red Scarf Revolution presents

Scars & Stripes

A Cambodian American Experience

Join the opening reception, March 16th, 2017, 5-9pm. This event is free and open to the public and will offer food & beverages. Invite your friends on the Facebook Event Page.

Exhibition Runs: March 9th* to April 20th

Explore the dramatic impact of war, genocide, resettlement, and deportation of Cambodian Americans today while experiencing their cultural contributions. This exhibition features work by contemporary artists as well as photos and text from Khmer American: Naga Sheds Its Skin, an exhibition created by the Khmer American community and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Continue reading

VIBE’s Business Plan Competition Raises Stakes

8 Mar

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Do you have a solution to a real need in Tacoma? Do you have a product that can take off with some advice, resources, and investment? This new competition in Tacoma may help your dream startup thrive by offering in-kind services from local businesses as well as a $25,000 cash prize for your venture for a total value of $50,000.

Submission Deadline: March 31st.

Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) launched the Business Plan Competition  to motivate talented Tacoma and Pierce County residents to shift their plans into gear. Continue reading

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