Goings on this week in Tacoma:
Tacoma’s September Art Walk Highlights Theater District
Sept. 21, 5:15 p.m.
The Tacoma community will get an influx of artistic experiences on the Third Thursday in September as Tacoma’s theater district will take part in the city’s art walk event, with more than 20 locations, focused in the historic area. Organized by Spaceworks Tacoma, the Theater District Art Walk event will contribute to the larger picture of Tacoma’s Art Walk by highlighting the public and performance spaces within the footprint of the theater district.
Each visitor can craft a personal route to view art they are interested in, but those who like community experiences are invited to join Downtown: On the Go! for an organized walking tour that begins at 5:15 p.m. in Theater Square (915 Broadway) and visits several locations along the way. The tour will conclude at 6:15 p.m., at the opening reception for Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award, located at the Spaceworks Gallery. There is no pre-registration required.
The Theater District Art Walk will highlight various possibilities for space use, as well as feature performers and visual artists. Theater Square will be transformed into a skate park hosted by Alchemy Skateboarding, while a Symphony Tacoma quintet will provide musical accompaniment from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A new mural sponsored by the Tacoma Business Improvement Area will premiere at the skybridge connecting Theater Square to Park Plaza North parking garage, featuring art by Kristen Ramirez. At the same time, Frost Park, on the corner of 9th and Pacific Ave., will light up with fire performances by Perry Petaccia and music by Josiah French, as well as chalk art by local artists. Make sure to check out Just Digg’N, the sounds by Justin Tamminga and DJ DigOne who will accompany dance battles.
Visit nearby businesses like The Art Stop at LeRoy Jewelers which offers an exhibition of intricate basket weaving artistry. Minka showroom will highlight watercolor art by Chandler Woodfin and fashion designs by Sheila Klein in addition to their locally crafted home furnishings. And the Productivity Parlour for Artful Living, co-located with Revisioned – an urban boutique, will exhibit the history of sewing machines, with about 20 on view. They will also showcase a range of clothing, accessories, and costumes crafted by the Productivity Parlour.
Explore the newest Spaceworks Artscapes in the Woolworth Windows created by artist Pete Goldlust, community organization Shared Housing Services, robotics and space company Liftport, an installation by artist and educator Angela Larsen with Seabury Middle School students, and a collection of giant steamroller prints from Wayzgoose 2017 that reflect on lucky and unlucky moments in Tacoma’s history. This and many more arts features will delight visitors. A map of the features will be available at all locations as well as on the district’s website TacomaTheaterDistrict.com.