Celebrate back-to-school with teens, teachers of Tacoma

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On Thursday, Sept. 26, professional teacher training program TAM Teach will present a workshop on supporting LGBTQ students through art led by TAM staff and partners from My Purple Umbrella, which addresses harassment, intimidation, and bullying so all children learn to treat one another with dignity, compassion, and respect. Credit: mypurpleumbrella.org

Tacoma Art Museum provides a myriad of art education opportunities to Tacoma/ Pierce County students and teachers to use the power of art to fuel learning. As families head back to school, TAM will be offering teacher workshops as well as multiple places for Tacoma teens to enjoy their art museum. Additionally, TAM has been nominated for three Teeny Awards.

“Tacoma’s youth are our community’s future and we are so excited to engage teens and teachers through the arts,” noted David F. Setford, TAM’s executive director. 
The TAM Teen Art Council, a group of 11 students who work to develop and produce teen-centered programs and activities, is busy planning Teen Night to be held on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7-10 p.m. This free teen-only event for youth age 13-18 opens the entire museum for gallery activities, music and dance performances, art-making sessions, photo ops, and dancing.

TAM will present two unique workshops for teachers this fall. On Thursday, Sept. 12, TAM will host a free Educator Evening where teachers can learn how to support students learning with a sneak peek of this year’s programs, including mini-tours. On Thursday, Sept. 26, professional teacher training program TAM Teach will present a workshop on supporting LGBTQ students through art led by TAM staff and partners from My Purple Umbrella. Participants will engage in dialogue about best practices, explore how artists express their identities and build community with fellow educators.

The Teeny Awards will be presented by Teen Tix on Saturday, Sept. 28 and TAM has been nominated for three awards: Best Museum Award, Best Exhibition Award for “In the Footsteps of My Ancestors: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith,” which was on view March 9-June 30, and the In Your Backyard Award for “Native Portraiture: Power and Perception” currently on view.

Finally, TAM continues to provide free admission to all youth every Saturday and free access to all Tacoma School District high school students year-round.

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