Tacoma Arts Month


Celebrate Tacoma Arts and Culture in October

October 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month — a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

“We benefit immeasurably from the rich and vibrant arts of the city,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “Tacoma artists and arts organizations entertain, provoke, move, educate, and beautify our world; they make us human and they are a powerful economic force. It is fantastic to put a spotlight on the arts this October and recognize how extremely fortunate we are to have them in our daily lives.”

Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Tacoma Arts Month Signature Events


Opening Party

The community is invited to attend a free celebration on Oct. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at The Spire (710 S. Anderson). Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2017 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority, Monkeyshines, and Michael Haeflinger. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema.

Tacoma Studio Tour

The community is also invited inside the working studios of 70 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 free, family-friendly, self-guided tour will run Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and covers 42 locations around Tacoma.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

A complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and more about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Information about Tacoma Arts Month events and programming can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. Tacoma Arts Month premier sponsors are Click! Cable TV and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Media sponsors include KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly and Weekly Volcano. 



Colloquy Crawl

  • Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., Various locations in the Stadium District – 744 Market St., free admission.

The Creative Colloquy Crawl is an annual storytelling festival with a vision to highlight our local literary culture by featuring a matrimony of the written word, music and art. Get info at (253) 298-9417 and creativecolloquy.com.

Exploring Text and Image: A Conversation about artists’ books

  • Oct. 3, 1-2:30 p.m., University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, second floor, Archives Lecture Room, North 18th Street and Union Avenue, free admission.

Learn about the unique world of artists’ books with Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp, a unique business representing more than 150 fine press and book artists from around the world. They will share examples from their vast and wonderful collection. Info: pugetsound.edu/news-and-events.

Behind the Archives Door: Zines and more

  • Oct. 5, 4 p.m., University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, second floor, Special Collections Room, free admission.

Katy Curtis, humanities librarian, will showcase our growing collection of zines and discuss how they can be used for teaching and learning. Light refreshments will be served. Info:pugetsound.edu/news-and-events.

Poetry and Spoken Word at the Saturday Writers Studio

  • Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m., Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., free admission.

This workshop for teens takes a deep dive into forms of expression on the page and on the stage. Look at a variety of contemporary poetry, create new work and discuss editing and performance techniques. Info: write253.com.

Prairie Line Trail: Walking Tour and Artwork Celebration

  • Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m., Meet at South 21st Street at the Prairie Line Trail (behind 7 Seas Brewing), 2100 Hood St., free admission.

Help us celebrate five new or soon-to-be-installed public artworks along the Prairie Line Trail. These artworks interpret the history of this rail corridor, which is being transformed into a signature public space. Info: (253) 591-5564 and cityoftacoma.org/plt.

Great Ghost Blow

  • Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m., Museum of Glass, free admission

Join Hilltop Artists and Tacoma Glassblowing Studios in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass as they create a giant glass ghost. Info: (253) 284-4750 and museumofglass.org.

Behind the Archives Door: “The African American Communist Party Pamphlets”

  • Oct. 19, 4 p.m., University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, free admission.

Lori Ricigliano will showcase our unique collection of African American Communist Party pamphlets, as well as other new acquisitions related to African American history. Light refreshments will be served. Info: pugetsound.edu/news-and-events.

Costume Shop Sale

  • Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tacoma Musical Playhouse, free admission

TMP will be having a costume shop sale of unique pieces including hats, jewelry, shoes, vintage clothing, jeans, adult and children’s costumes and more — just in time for Halloween. Info: (253) 565-6867 and tmp.org.

Day of the Dead with Sabor Flamenco

  • Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Antique Sandwich Co., $5 donation

Flamenco dance performance with live music to celebrate the winter solstice and Hispanic traditions. Sabor flamenco is a local company that specializes in the folkloric traditions of Spain. Info: (253) 752-4069 and facebook.com/saborflamencotacoma.

Everything Chocolate

  • Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m., Conservatory at Wright Park, $3 suggested donation

It’s National Chocolate Day and we’re celebrating with local chocolatier, Tease Chocolates. Listen to a fun informative talk, hold a cocoa pod, and nibble on some chocolate. Info: (253) 591-5330 and seymourconservatory.org.

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