20 Tacoma arts organizations will share $50K in City grants

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2013 Arts Projects funding to 20 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary and visual arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $5,000.

“These arts and culture programs — initiated and delivered by local, grassroots organizations — demonstrate a broad and strong commitment to accessible, homegrown arts experiences,” said Robin Echtle, chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission. “Many of the funded art projects exhibit uniquely ‘Tacoma’ sensibilities and reflect the distinct and diverse voices of our community.”

Funded projects include the production of five diverse cultural and arts festivals, poetry readings and spoken word performances, contemporary and multidisciplinary dance events, a variety of music performances, two theatrical productions, visual art programs for families, urban art classes for youth, a sculptural seating element and a community-wide guerilla art project.

Funded organizations include 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Black Student Union @ UW Tacoma, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Elements of Education, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Metropolitan Glass, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Ruston – Pt. Defiance Business District, Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Little Theatre, the BareFoot Collective and the Washington State Historical Society.

The Arts Projects funding program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Twenty-eight Arts Projects applications were submitted to the Tacoma Arts Commission with requests totaling $115,568.

Arts Projects is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit tacomaculture.org.

The Children's Museum of Tacoma, led by Executive Director Tanya Andrews (pictured), is one of 20 Tacoma organizations to receive funding from the City of Tacoma's 2013 Arts Projects program. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Here is the complete list of 2013 Arts Projects funding recipients and their programs:

9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum
     – Poetry Reading Open House
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
     – 15th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration 

Black Student Union @ UW Tacoma
     – Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
     – Art Sparks
DASH Center for the Arts
     – High School Musical
Elements of Education
     – What the Frack? dance performances
     – 2013 LIFE Program
Fort Nisqually Foundation
     – Crafts of the Past
King’s Bookstore
     – Tacoma Wayzgoose: A letterpress & book arts festival

Local Life
     – The Downtown Block Party
Metropolitan Glass
     – 2013 Monkeyshines Project: Year of the Snake
Old Town Business and Professional Assoc.
     – Classical Tuesdays in Old Town 2013
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
     – Distinguished Writer Series and Open Mic
Ruston – Pt. Defiance Business District
     – West End Neighborhood Interactive Steel Sculptures
Second City Chamber Series
     – 2013 Tacoma performances
Tacoma City Ballet
     – Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree: preview, workshop & performance
Tacoma Concert Band
     – Winter and Spring concerts
Tacoma Little Theatre
     – The Laramie Project 
the BareFoot Collective
     – Steppin’ Out in Tacoma dance performances
Washington State Historical Society
     – In the Spirit 2013