October 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a city-wide celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.
Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about the 300+ Tacoma Arts Month events and programs can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.
***PLEASE NOTE: WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE TACOMA STUDIO TOUR ON SATURDAY, OCT. 11, MOSS + MINERAL WILL BE OPEN BY APPT. ONLY FROM OCT. 3-14; NORMAL HOURS RESUME OCT. 16.
Signature events include:
- Tacoma Studio Tour
Come see the spaces and tools with which 61 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 37 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Visit TacomaArtsMonth.com for a complete list of studio locations and a map.
- Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
The public is invited to attend a free celebration on Oct. 2 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Tacoma Post Office Building (1102 A St.). Live entertainment includes music by Speed Queen and Okinawa Taiko Drums, Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends, theater performance by Working Class Theatre, and poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo. There will also be an exhibition of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The newly-renovated building will host a series of pop-up art exhibits by Beautiful Angle, Alice Di Certo, Isaac Olsen, Kristin Giordano, the C.L.A.W., and Kyle Dillehay. Resident artists Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, Katlyn Hubner and Poly Rev will open their studios to the public for the evening. Additionally, there will be screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema.
There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2014 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners – ArtsFund, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Jessica Spring. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma.
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