Art at Work 2013

// Month-long celebration to raise awareness of vibrant local arts community

  • IMPRESSED. Jessica Spring of Springtide Press shows Zoe Henry how the printing press works during the Tacoma Studio Tour (Photo Courtesy of City of Tacoma Arts Program)

This November, artists, performers, authors and more are opening their doors to the public to give onlookers a peak inside their worlds, thanks to the annual Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month festivities. What many people may not understand is these doors are often open throughout the year, but through this annual celebration of art, culture and performance, members of the community have a chance to learn more about all Tacoma’s arts community has to offer. Events scheduled throughout the month will provide a little something for everyone, from film screenings and visual arts exhibits to literary readings, cultural events and musical performances.

Information about the 300-plus Art At Work month events can be found at Two signature events will take place, with the kick-off party and AMOCAT Arts Awards celebration taking place Oct. 28. This free celebration will take place at Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St.), featuring live music by Taxi Driver, a dramatic molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College, contemporary dance performance by the BareFoot Collective, urban arts by Fab-5, poetry readings, film screenings, arts projects and more. The event will also feature appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

The Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2013 funding recipients and AMOCAT award winners Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski will be recognized during the festivities.

Art at Work month, sponsored in part by Tacoma Weekly, will also feature self-guided studio tours to allow the community to get to know the local artists located in their own back yards. On Nov. 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 39 locations throughout Tacoma will be open to the public, featuring art demonstrations, hands-on activities, performances and more. “This is a great chance for people to understand and appreciate the work that goes into creating some of these art pieces,” said Naomi Strom-Avila, cultural arts specialist for the City of Tacoma.

Individuals can map their own course to visit the studios that most interest them. An interactive map on the event’s web page (click ‘studio tour’ on allows visitors to create a customized course to take them to as many studios as they’d like.

Now in its 12th year, Art at Work is designed to bring increased visibility to the arts in Tacoma. “This is just one month of the year, but these events and organizations are producing pieces year-round,” Strom-Avila said. “We want people to come out and connect with us in November, but we also want it to serve as a reminder that the arts are here to serve Tacoma, the citizens and visitors all the time.”

Visit for a complete schedule of events and performances scheduled to take place during Art at Work month.

With more than 300 events and activities set to take place during Art at Work month, this is only a small sample of what to expect in November.

New Directions Veterans Choir – Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., $39

An award-winning, inspirational a cappella group comprised primarily of members who have served proudly in the United States Military. They got their big break on NBC's “America's Got Talent.”

Theatre on the Square - 901 Broadway

253.591.5894 -

Fab-5’s Fabitat – Nov. 1, 4 p.m., free

FABITAT serves as Fab-5's creative headquarters, hosting free classes and open studio space throughout the week. Packed with art supplies, music equipment, dance space and instructors who are ready to help artists at every experience level, FABITAT is a place to explore your creative potential and connect with others who share a common passion for creative expression.

Fabitat - 1316 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Dia De Los Muertos – Nov. 3, 10 a.m., free

Join thousands of your friends and neighbors to celebrate Day of the Dead with art-making, performances, exhibitions, a tapete, and community altars to honor the cycle of life.

Tacoma Art Museum - 1701 Pacific Ave. 253.272.4258 -

Chihuly Weekend Experience – Nov. 3, 12 p.m., $19

Get an up front seat to experience the premiere Studio Glass pioneer, Tacoma native and MOG founder Dale Chihuly and his team at Museum of Glass Hot Shop.

Museum of Glass - 1801 Dock St. 253.284.4732 -

Architecture and Art – Nov. 5, 6 p.m., free

Learn more about Tacoma's historic 1908 Armory and the owner's vision for the adaptive re-use. Interact with artists who'll have their work on display, discuss ideas for the building's future, and learn about Historic Tacoma during their annual meeting and reception.

Armory, Main Drill Hall - 715 S. 11th St. 253.752.5014 -

Girl’s Night Out – Nov. 8, 6 p.m., $10

Private shopping and cocktails! Find beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on the holiday list while enjoying treats and cocktails. Ladies only!

Urban Alchemy Gallery - 3013 6th Ave., Suite B 253.625.7107 -

Career Day at PDZA – Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m., free for students in sixth grade through university level

Middle school through college students thinking of becoming zookeepers, zoo veterinarians, marine biologists or environmental educators won't want to miss Career Day. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration is not required, but students must check in with Career Day staff before getting their tickets at the admissions window.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - 5400 N. Pearl St. 253.591.5337 -

Arts are Education – Community Outreach Performance – Nov. 16, 7 p.m., free

Dance Theatre Northwest students performing under the direction of Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, Artistic Director, and Vadne Domeika, Associate Artistic Director. Performance is designed for family audiences.

Tacoma Narrows Glen - 8201 6th Ave. 253.778.6534 -

Family Flick: ‘Rise of the Guardians’ – Nov. 16, 10 a.m., free

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first served.

The Grand Cinema - 606 S. Fawcett 253.572.6062 -


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