It's art season in Tacoma

Celebrate art at Kaleidoscope 2019!

Join a community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma Arts Month and celebrate the 2019 AMOCAT Arts Awardees and funding recipients.

Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment including:

Music by Lincoln High School Drumline, Stephanie Anne Johnson, The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra

Blessing, singing, and dancing by Connie McCloud and the Puyallup Tribe Canoe Family

Performances by Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Ballet Folklórico de Tacoma, BareFoot Collective, Metro Parks Arts’ En Dehors Dance Company, Screaming Butterflies Productions

Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Abby E. Murray

Film screenings and popcorn with The Grand Cinema

Interactive projects by Tacoma Creates and Spaceworks Tacoma

Visual Art on permanent display by: Mauricio Robalino, Darishma Alphonse, Adika Bell, Dionne Bonner, Jasmine Brown, Kate Cendejas Thun, Anthony Duenas, Lisa Fruichantie, Diane Hansen, Lourdes Jackson, Gwen Jones, Denis Maina, Gerardo Peña, Shaun Peterson, Kenya Shakoor, Dion Thomas, Laren Vignec, and Grace A. Washington

Enjoy appetizers and no-host bar while we honor the 2019 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – Tacoma Creates Campaign, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and Aya Hashiguchi Clark & Randy Clark.

It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma; hosted by Metro Parks Tacoma and Eastside Community Center; sponsored by The Grand Cinema, and Metronome Coffee.

Wednesday, October 2
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St.

Art may begin in a studio, but it doesn't need to stay there. Art's light and sometimes whimsical touch can be seen almost anywhere. Photo: Morf Morford
Art may begin in a studio, but it doesn’t need to stay there. Art’s light and sometimes whimsical touch can be seen almost anywhere. Photo: Morf Morford

Submission deadline is looming for Creative Colloquy Volume Six

Anticipated to launch winter of 2019, Creative Colloquy Volume Six will be much like our first 5 collections and include a diverse selection of prose, essays, poetry and literary works paired with locally crafted art.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2019 and must follow the guidelines provided below:

•All genres and styles of work will be considered (except fan fiction and erotica).

•We are looking for submissions that are 1,000 to 3,000 words in length with a focus on the storytellers, i.e. fiction and essays in particular. Larger stories will be considered, within reason. Novel excerpts or independently published works will not be considered at this time. Poetry need not meet the 1,000 word length guideline but it should be noted we are not accepting poetry collections and will only consider two submissions from one author at a time.

•Please format stories using MS Word (.doc or .docx), 12pt, double spaced serif font. Formatting must follow this outline. Author contact info and bio should be submitted with piece on the Submittable site in cover letter and should not be included on the document.

•Please only submit ONE piece of work for consideration.

•You must be a resident of Western Washington to submit.

•By submitting to Creative Colloquy, the author allows for publication into Creative Colloquy Volume Six. If included in our print edition we may contact author for future online reprint opportunities.

For any questions regarding publications and guidelines please email

Submit today at

You can take a peek at previous volumes at King’s Books in Tacoma.


Tacoma Studio Tour

You are invited inside the working studios of 96 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family friendly, self-guided tour. Check out the Tacoma Studio Tour webpage for all the details including an interactive map so you can plot your custom tour course.

Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 7 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be picked up at all studio locations during the tour or print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport from the website:

October 12 & 13,  11 am – 5 pm

56 locations around Tacoma        FREE!

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