In October Tacoma Celebrates Local Arts & Culture

untitled@TACOMADOTFM – October 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages, taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

“The arts are a vital part of Tacoma’s soul. They entertain, inspire, and provoke, and they drive our economy; the arts make Tacoma a livable city,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “Tacoma Arts Month provides us with an opportunity to celebrate, investigate, and participate in the depth and diversity of our artists and arts organizations.”

Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at

The community is invited to attend a free celebration on September 29th from 6 – 9 PM at Asia Pacific Cultural Center @ 4851 South Tacoma Way. Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2016 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and Christopher Paul Jordan. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, and hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

The community is also invited inside the working studios of 57 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 free, family-friendly, self-guided tour will run October 15th and 16th from 11 AM – 5 PM and covers 34 locations around Tacoma.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

A complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport is available at