October is just around the bend. Here in the City of Destiny, October means Tacoma Arts Month, a month-long celebration of the arts in every guise imaginable: visual art, sculpture, dance, theater, filmmaking and literary arts will all receive attention during this month.
Tacoma Arts Month gets its official kickoff with “Kaleidoscope 2018,” a big opening bash that takes place Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. at Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma. The heart and soul of arts month is the Tacoma Artists’ Studio Tour, which occurs Oct. 13 and 14. The studio tour boasts more than 80 artists in 47 different locations.
For full scheduling information on all of the dozens events affiliated with Tacoma Arts Month, visit tacomaartsmonth.com.
Following is an overview of all that Tacoma Arts Month has to offer.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m.
Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St. Tacoma
Join in a community celebration of the arts at the kick off Tacoma Arts Month and celebrate the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awardees and funding recipients.
Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment including:
Music by Jordani Sarreal, DJ Smokey Wonder and Tacoma Refugee Choir; performances by T.U.P.A.C., Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Barefoot Collective; poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson; multimedia art exhibits by Maria Jost, Jasmine Brown, Nori Kimura, Spaceworks and Tacoma Wayzgoose; film screenings and Virtual Reality Experience with The Grand Cinema; hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum, TeenTix, and Arts & Culture Coaltion of Pierce County.
Enjoy appetizers and no-host bar while the 2018 funding recipients are honored and AMOCAT Arts Awards are bestowed.
It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come celebrate! Kaleidoscope is resented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma; hosted by Normanna Hall; sponsored by Northwest Stage, the Sons of Norway, HOLDstudios, The Grand Cinema, and Anthem Coffee.
Tacoma Studio Tour
Oct. 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
47 locations around Tacoma
You are invited inside the working studios of more than 80 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 is a free, family friendly, self-guided tour. Check out the Tacoma Studio Tour webpage at tacomaartsmonth.com/tacoma-studio-tour for all the details including an interactive map so you can plot your custom tour course.
Tacoma Studio Tour Passport: Visit and Win!
Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least seven stamps, send the page in and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be picked up at all studio locations during the tour or print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.
A selection of featured events:
Tacoma Film Festival 2018: Family Friendly Shorts at Tacoma Film Festival
Oct. 6, 10 a.m.
Blue Mouse Theatre, 2611 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
Movie lovers of all ages will delight in seven animated and narrative short films (67 mins total) featuring adventure, creativity, life lessons, and fun. First 100 guests will enjoy free doughnuts from Top Pot Doughnuts and milk from Smith Brothers Farms. Admission: general audience $8, members $5.50. Learn more about Tacoma Film Festival at www.tacomafilmfestival.com.
Job Carr Craft Saturday: Woven Arts
Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m.
Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma
Drop by Job Carr Cabin Museum to learn about spinning and weaving then try using a loom. This free event is designed for children ages 3-9 and their families.
Family Day at Museum of Glass
Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma
Family Day brings a craft project called Diorama Drama, a dance or musical performance in the Grand Hall, and the opportunity to make fused glass tiles (additional fee). Free for children under six and members, $5 children 6-12, $14 seniors and $17 adults.
Oct. 14, 3 p.m.
Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma
Destiny City Film Festival and the Broadway Center present the film “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. The Halloween classic is back in theaters for one night only! Loaded with bewitching laughs, this one is sure to entertain the whole family!
Third Thursday Art Walk
Oct. 18, 4 – 7 p.m.
Local museums, art galleries and stores open their doors to families to stop by and enjoy, the works of art and mingle with the artists for free. From 4-7 p.m., many vibrant businesses along the 6th Avenue business district will host Art Walk events. Hilltop Artists will be at Museum of Glass hot shop floor, in addition to MOG’s annual Great Pumpkin Blow from 5-8 p.m.
Limited hours at various locations: Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum
Family STEAM Day
Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma
“It’s not a box!” Today, we’ll be inspired by the children’s story “Not a Box” and use our imaginations to make car sculptures with cardboard boxes and other recycled materials. Free with museum admission.
Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
Come see artists and craftsmen creating in the world of paper. Free event features make-and-take, unique printed items and crafts, fun for all ages. Hosted by Tacoma Book Arts.
Stop Chicken Me Out! Art Showcase
Oct. 21, 1-5 p.m.
Real Art Tacoma, 5412 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Join Tacoma Arts Initiative Program recipient Collin Veenstra for an afternoon of art and music showcasing their youth-focused poster series on LGBTQ affirmations, identity respect, and sexual violence prevention. Free.
Family and Me Paint Night
Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Eastside Community Center, 1721 E. 56th St., Tacoma
Visit the brand new Eastside Community Center for a night of painting and fun while making unforgettable memories. Together you’ll paint a fall-themed work of art to hang in your home. Supplies and snacks provided. Price varies based on family size and residency.
‘How I Became A Pirate’
Oct. 27 – Nov. 4:
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma
Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Presented by Tacoma Musical Playhouse Family Theater. $12-15. Visit tmp.org for specific times.