City to host artist training for mall area projects


The City of Tacoma invites Tacoma artists, working in and across all artistic disciplines, to apply to participate in “Public Art: Public Action,” a free social-practice training program in which participants will learn about socially-engaged strategies and create a series of temporary projects responsive to community needs within the Tacoma Mall area.

This program will train artists to address civic and social concerns in the community and develop meaningful temporary art projects that engage the community, illuminate the issues, and respond to identified needs. Through classroom sessions with experts and a hands-on project series, the cohort will learn about social practice; network with community organizations and stakeholders; receive artist mentoring; write their own project proposal; create a socially-engaged temporary public artwork, event, installation or project; and participate in a public presentation.

Selected artists will be expected to actively participate in the training program, which includes mandatory training sessions on June 2, 3 and 30. Participation in the training program is free and artists who successfully complete the training will receive a $500 participation-based stipend and $1,000 to implement a temporary socially-engaged project in the Tacoma Mall neighborhood.

Eligibility extends to practicing artists working in any discipline or medium. Applicants must live within Tacoma city limits and be 18 years of age or older. A free informational workshop will be held on April 11, 2018, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., at Marlene’s Market (2951 S. 38th St. in Tacoma). The application deadline is April 23.

Support for this training program and projects come from an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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