Call for arts activities for Tacoma Arts Month



Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2018 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during the 17th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. They are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let the Tacoma Arts Commission know. Your arts event will be listed in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on There is no cost to you. The Tacoma Arts Commission will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, electronic newsletters, television ads, radio ads and through a variety of social media outlets.

Tacoma Arts Month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. You are encouraged to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

The deadline for the first round of submissions is Aug. 6. The Tacoma Arts Commission will accept activities on a rolling basis after that, but submitting your information by Aug. 6 will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.

To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To participate, fill out the online submission form via Submittable: Please note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out an individual form for each event.

Questions? Contact Rachel Betron at (253) 591-5191 or

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Author Dr. Paul Seward will be coming to Tacoma for an event at King’s Books on July 19 at 7 p.m. In his debut memoir, “Patient Care: Death and Life in the Emergency Room,” published by Catapult on July 3, Seward, one of the first doctors to specialize in emergency medicine (which didn’t become a recognized specialty until 1979) reflects on how a life in medicine tests what it means to put ethics into practice.

Recalling remarkable cases – and people – from a career launched in the first days of the emergency room (ER), Seward leads us through suspenseful diagnoses and explorations of anatomy. By his side, we learn to distinguish nursemaid’s elbow from a true broken arm and we learn how our breathing and swallowing mechanisms resemble a practical joke. But when a baby’s heart stops and a young doctor forgets what to do, the situation is far from funny. Within the conditions of great stress and rapid decision-making that are routine in the ER, Seward shows us that physicians must be more than technicians of the body; they must be restorers of the human. Whether it is comforting anxious family or subjecting a distressed patient to tough procedures – resulting, once, in a patient punching a doctor – on every shift, a physician learns the difficult work of caring for strangers. “Patient Care” is a reflection on a lifetime of cases – and the ethical, scientific and all-too-human complications that arose.  

Seward has been a physician for nearly 50 years, and has spent the majority of those years working in emergency rooms on both coasts. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and did his internship and residency in pediatrics at UC-San Francisco. Seward is an emeritus member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Now retired, he and his wife live in Vermont.

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Cascade Writers are hosting a workshop that runs July 20-22 at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma. The workshop will feature Milford-Style critiques, an agent, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing and more. Participants will include editor and author John Joseph Adams, author Christie Yant, agent DongWon Song, author Spencer Ellsworth, author Randy Henderson, author John J.A. Pitts, author David D. Levine, author Rachael K. Jones and author Liz Coleman. And there are still more to come.

Cascade Writers provides educational seminars and workshops for the general public interested in writing and publishing original works. Cascade Writers is registered as a non-profit corporation in Washington.

You must register to attend:

For more information on Cascade Writers and the workshop, visit or

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