The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: MultiCare Health System will receive the Arts Patron award; Tacoma Little Theatre will receive the Community Outreach by an Organization award; and Jackie Casella will receive the Community Outreach by an Individual award.
The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor the people and organizations that positively impact the community with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts.
MultiCare Health System will receive the Arts Patron award for its commitment to the health and vitality of the community through their support of the arts. MultiCare is a role model patron for arts and humanities and sees the arts as a strength and key asset to Tacoma’s robust community including the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass and Pierce Center for Arts & Technology.
Tacoma Little Theatre will receive the Community Outreach by an Organization award for its long history of providing youth programs and producing quality theatre arts for all ages during its 100 year history that started as the Tacoma Little Theatre and Drama League.
Jackie Casella will receive the Community Outreach by an Individual award for her commitment to the literary arts and fostering relationships between artists and community members across the city of Tacoma through the literary non-profit, Creative Colloquy, that she founded in 2014.
The 2018 awardees will be honored at Kaleidoscope, the annual Tacoma Arts Month opening party, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 – 9 p.m., at Normanna Hall (1106 S. 15th St.). Mayor Victoria Woodards and Council Members Keith Blocker and Lillian Hunter will present the awards starting at 6 p.m.
In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Tacoma Refugee Choir, DJ SmokeyWonder, and Jordani Sarreal; dance performances by T.U.P.A.C., Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and the Barefoot Collective; and poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson. Attendees can also experience a series of multimedia art exhibits by Maria Jost, Jasmine Brown, Nori Kimura, Wayzgoose and Spaceworks; film screenings and VR experiences by The Grand Cinema; hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum and TeenTix; and more. The event will include appetizers and a no-host bar.
This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by the Sons of Norway – Norden Lodge #2, and sponsored by Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema, HOLDstudios, and Anthem Coffee. Tacoma Arts Month’s premier sponsor is Click! Cable TV. Media sponsors include ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma Weekly and Weekly Volcano.