The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s recipients of the annual AMOCAT Arts Award.
The three award categories are Community Outreach by an Individual (Community outreach, engagement, and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual); Community Outreach by an Organization (Community outreach, engagement, and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization); and Arts Patron (A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma).
University of Washington Tacoma received the Arts Patron Award for its ongoing commitment to serving and partnering with the greater Tacoma community. UW Tacoma’s contributions to the arts in Tacoma began 25 years ago at the campus’ founding, when 15 faculty members were hired to create an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. Since then, the university’s impact on the community can be measured by the work of its faculty, students, and alumni; a dense network of partnerships and collaborations; and a growing public art collection. UW Tacoma’s connections to the Tacoma arts community include glass art classes hosted at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma School of the Arts classes held on campus, and a partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma to support creative entrepreneurs. Recent collaborations include an innovative community-based theater production by UW Tacoma faculty and Toy Boat Theatre, and the hosting of a portion of the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Art Museum’s Pop-Up Art Putt! golf course. UW Tacoma’s investment in developing the campus and Prairie Line Trail, with a commitment to aesthetic design and adaptive re-use, has encouraged a more walkable and beautiful community. The campus proudly displays a diverse art collection including works by Pablo Picasso, Dale Chihuly, Gerard Tsutakawa, Dawoud Bey, Buster Simpson, and many others.
Tacoma Public Library received the Community Outreach by an Organization Award for its deep and ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for interactive and dynamic lifelong learning through the lens of arts and culture. Tacoma’s public libraries are hubs of community activity where citizens can gather together to tell and create stories, listen to and create music, experience art, play chess, access the internet, and escape with a great film. The libraries bring readers and writers together to share a love of stories through book talks and signings, discussion groups, and the community-wide reading program: Tacoma Reads Together. The Handforth Gallery at the Main Library provides an opportunity to experience visual art created by local, regional, national and international artists, as well as to hear artists talk about their work and learn more about the art forms through demonstrations. The Tacoma Public Library provides free performing arts opportunities for the public including music concerts, puppet shows, magic acts, silent movies, jugglers, clowns, and acrobats. The Main Library’s StoryLab encourages students to expand their digital creativity through workshops in sound production, voice-over, film production and editing, beat-making, digital drawing, and song writing.
Connie K. Walle received the Community Outreach by an Individual Award for her commitment to elevating the literary arts in Tacoma and the South Sound. Walle is a poet, the founder and president of Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC), and facilitator for the Distinguished Writer Series, which has been a staple of Tacoma’s literary arts community for 25 years and counting. The Distinguished Writer Series provides a platform where poets of national regard share their work with the South Sound community, and where local writers of all levels and backgrounds can share their work in a constructive and supportive environment. Under Walle’s leadership, PSPC has spearheaded multiple projects including literary publications, a teen writing contest and poetry workshops. She also hosts poetry critiques and produces a weekly e-newsletter promoting poetry-related opportunities throughout the region. PSPC, along with collaborating partners, are producing the first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival on Fri., Oct. 16 and Sat., Oct. 17. The Distinguished Writer Series meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month at King’s Bookstore, located at 218 St. Helens Ave., in Tacoma. The event is free and open to the public. All ages and levels of writing are welcome.
This year’s AMOCAT Award recipients will be honored at the annual Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Thurs., Oct. 1, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., at the historic Tacoma Armory, located at 715 S. 11th St., in Tacoma. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will present the awards starting at 7:45 p.m. In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Ken Jacobsen, contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, Samoan Village Dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, and more. Attendees can also explore a series of pop-up multimedia art exhibits by Christopher Jordan, Isaac Olsen, Jennifer Chushcoff, Nichole Rathburn, Janet Marcavage, Tim + April Norris, Terese Cuff, Elizabeth Gahan, Diana Leigh Surma, and Judd Cohen. The event will include appetizers, dessert, and a no-host bar. The event is free and open to the public.
More information is available online here.
Past AMOCAT Arts Award recipients include:
- Arts Patron – Arts Fund
- Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center
- Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring
- Arts Patron – Erivan and Helga Haub and family
- Community Outreach by an Organization – Puget Sound Book Artists
- Community Outreach by an Individual – David Domkoski
- Arts Patron – KeyBank and KeyBank Foundation
- Community Outreach by an Organization – The Grand Cinema
- Community Outreach by an Individual – Katy Evans
- Arts Leadership award – David Fischer
- Arts Patron award – The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
- Community Outreach by an Organization award – D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts
- Community Outreach by an Artist award – Stella Haioulani
- Community Outreach by an Artist award – Oliver Doriss
- Community Outreach by an Organization award – Fab-5
- Arts Patron award – Urban Grace Church
- Community Outreach by an Artist award – William Kupinse
- Community Outreach by an Organization award – Hilltop Artists in Residence
- Arts Patron award – City Arts
- Community Outreach by an Artist award – Linda Danforth
- Community Outreach by an Organization award – King’s Books
- Arts Patron award – Hotel Murano
- Community Outreach by an Artist award – Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn of Beautiful Angle
- Community Outreach by an Organization award – Victory Music
- Arts Patron award – The Weekly Volcano
- Artist award – Laura and Matt Eklund
- Arts Outreach award – Barefoot Studios
- Arts Patron award – 6th Avenue Business District
- Artist award – Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent
- Arts Organization award – Tacoma School of the Arts
- Arts Partner award – Pierce Transit
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the AMOCAT Arts Awards and Art At Work Month, click on the following links:
- Tacoma seeks nominees for AMOCAT Arts Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, July 13, 2015)
- Asia Pacific Cultural Center among AMOCAT Arts Award recipients (Tacoma Daily Index, September 5, 2014)
- Tacoma seeks nominees for AMOCAT Arts Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, July 2, 2014)
- Haub family among AMOCAT Arts Award recipients (Tacoma Daily Index, October 11, 2013)
- Tacoma seeks nominees for AMOCAT Arts Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, July 10, 2013)
- Grand Cinema, KeyBank among AMOCAT Arts Award recipients (Tacoma Daily Index, October 3, 2012)
- Tacoma’s Art At Work Month kicks off Nov. 3 (Tacoma Daily Index, October 21, 2011)
- 4 local arts advocates receive AMOCAT Arts Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, September 21, 2011)
- NEA approves $10K grant for Tacoma Art at Work (Tacoma Daily Index, November 29, 2010)
- Tacoma celebrates ‘Art At Work’ in November (Tacoma Daily Index, October 21, 2010)
- Local arts advocates honored with AMOCAT Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, September 29, 2010)
- Take part in Tacoma’s arts and culture scene (Tacoma Daily Index, October 19, 2009)
- Tacoma celebrates Art at Work month (Tacoma Daily Index, October 24, 2008)
- City celebrates AMOCAT award-winners Oct. 29 (Tacoma Daily Index, September 26, 2008)
- Tacoma Art Slam seeks artists (Tacoma Daily Index, September 16, 2008)
- Art at Work month illuminates November (Tacoma Daily Index, October 22, 2007)
- Artists called to participate in Art at Work Slam (Tacoma Daily Index, October 1, 2007)