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Current Projects

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence - Creatively Addressing Homelessness

 
Artists 

Artists Roni Chelben and Susan Robb will work collaboratively on this project.

 

Project Overview
The artists will act as an Artists in Residence (AiR) for a year, November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. The AiR will be embedded within the City, and will work collaboratively with staff from multiple departments to find creative ways to address homelessness and related issues in Tacoma. This residency is both proactive and responsive – the artists will be expected to equally address issues of Creative Site Reclamation and issues of Creative Prevention and Community Engagement.
 
Installation Date
December 2017 - December 2018
 
Call to Artists
Download the Call to Artists for more project details.
 
Questions? 
Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.
 

Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation

Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation

 
Selected Artists 
In January 2017, a panel of community members and stakeholders selected two individuals, Matthew Dockrey and Ryan! Feddersen, as well as two artist teams, Kolibri (Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff), and ROTATOR (Lance Kagey, Scott Varga and Mark Alvis) to receive $55,000 each to create artworks for the Prairie Line Trail in Downtown Tacoma. In addition, the City of Tacoma worked with the Chinese Reconciliation Foundation to install already existing artwork, “Shipment to China” by Hai Ying Wu.
 
Project Overview
The City of Tacoma was awarded a Washington State 2015-2017 Heritage Capital Projects Fund grant for the Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretative Project. This project funded the development of a historic interpretation plan for the City’s segments of the Prairie Line Trail corridor, as well as design and implemention of public art pieces identified and informed by the plan. The artists will provide historic interpretation for an important location or theme along the trail in an artful way. 
 
Installation Dates

Summer 2017 - Spring 2018 

 

Call to Artists

Download the Call to Artists for more project details.

 

More Information

For more information about the trail and the public artworks there go to prairielinetrail.org.

 

Questions? 

Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.

 

South Tacoma Business District

South Tacoma Business District 

 

Selected Artist
Artist Sheila Klein was chosen by a selection committee in May 2016.

Project Overview
The City of Tacoma, in collaboration with State Farm, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the South Tacoma Business District, sent out a call for artists and/or artist teams who reside in Washington State to submit qualifications for a $111,000 commission to create a permanent public artwork or series of artworks along and adjacent to South Tacoma Way (between S. 47th and S. 58th). The selected artist or team will be encouraged to explore connections, enhance the Business District, contribute to a sense of identity in the area, and value community involvement in the research and concept development process. This public art project is the result of a comprehensive community planning process in South Tacoma and is generously funded by State Farm as part of their community revitalization efforts in addition to support from a City of Tacoma Innovative Grant.

Installation Date
July 2017

Call to Artists
Download the Call to Artists for more project details.

Questions? 
Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.

  

Water Flume Line Trail and Oak Tree Park

Water Flume Line Trail and Oak Tree Park

 

Selected Artist
The artist Clark Wiegman was chosen by a selection committee in February 2016.

 

Project Overview
The City of Tacoma in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma published a call for an artist or artist team to create a permanent public artwork or series of artworks for the Water Flume Line Trail and Oak Tree Park (two adjoining facilities). The Water Flume Line Trail is a historic corridor that is being rebuilt into a six-and-a-half mile long path for bicyclists and pedestrians that will connect South Tacoma to downtown Tacoma and the waterfront, starting at the south end of Oak Tree Park. The selected artist will help increase visibility for Oak Tree Park and the Water Flume Line Trail (between S. 80th and S. 47th), connect both assets to the surrounding community, and enhance the user experience.

 

Installation Date
Fall 2017

 

Call to Artists
Download the Call to Artists for more project details.

 

Questions? 
Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.

 

Lincoln District Revitalization

Lincoln District Revitalization

 

The Arts Program is funding both a large public permanent artwork, and a series of smaller community-generated temporary projects as part of the Lincoln District Revitalization. 

 

Public Art Project

 

Selected Artist
The artist Horatio H. Law was chosen by a selection committee in September 2015.

 

Project Overview
In 2015, the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program published a Call to Artists for the Lincoln Revitalization Public Art Project. Artists were asked to submit qualifications for a contract to conduct meaningful community engagement in the Lincoln District; design, build, and install public artwork gateway features for the District; work with the design team to affect the aesthetic design of the streetscape project; and identify opportunities for local artists to create artworks in the District. The project should reflect the needs of the community, create identity, and communicate an authentic sense of place. The selected artist has experience working with diverse cultural communities and demonstrated success creating aesthetically strong artwork that results from community engagement.

 

Installation Date
Fall 2017

 

Call to Artists
Download the Call to Artists for more project details.

  

Creative Community Engagement Workshop and Grants

 

Selected Projects

In September 2016, a selection committee chose the following projects: 

 

Dionne Bonner
Timeline: Summer 2017
Local artist Dionne Bonner will work with Lincoln residents to design and paint street intersection murals. Dionne hopes the murals will encourage community pride and togetherness, while also slowing down traffic and promoting a safer pedestrian environment.

 

Silong Chhun
Timeline: November 2016 through January 2018
Silong Chhun, a filmmaker based in Tacoma, will create a series of short videos focused on local business owners. The series will illuminate their daily routine, background stories, challenges and triumphs. Silong believes that by putting a human face to businesses in the diverse district, he will encourage others to see that we are all able to coexist and succeed together.

 

Terese Cuff
Timeline: January 2017
Terese Cuff will create a digital media piece inspired by the businesses in Lincoln. She will use video and animation to document small movements that collectively paint a portrait of the area. Once complete, this artwork will be projected in the window of a vacant building in the neighborhood, bringing new energy to an otherwise empty space.

 

Erin Guinup
Timeline: November 2017
Erin Guinup, a long-time musician and voice coach, will host a free sing-along concert headlined by a professional performer. Her intent is to create new channels of dialogue in the Lincoln District by bringing people together to sing and unite through music.


Grand Cinema
Timeline: November 2016
Building on an existing partnership with Lincoln High School, The Grand Cinema Film Club will partner with the Lincoln drama program to produce a film festival at the high school in November 2016. The film festival will feature short films created by students as part of a film intensive, and will be an opportunity for students to build skills, explore their communities, and find ways to collaborate.

 

Michael Haeflinger
Timeline: October 2016 through April 2017
Michael Haeflinger will work with local youth to write and design visual poetry that investigates notions of place, home, community, and change. The visual poems will be displayed on and around bus shelters, translated into multiple languages to reflect the diversity of the district.

 

Lance Kagey and Brian Hutcheson
Timeline: July 2017 through September 2017
Flowercloud is a collaborative community project that seeks to build enthusiasm and collective creative expression in the neighborhood. Lance Kagey and Brian Hutcheson, of guerilla art group Beautiful Angle, will create lotuses from corrugated plastic sheeting that will be installed in cloud formations on chain link fences around the neighborhood. The artists will guide residents as they embellish the flowers with colors, patterns, and words about how their community is blossoming.

 

Lisa Kinoshita and Kenji Stoll
Timeline: November 2016 through December 2018
Artists Lisa Kinoshita and Kenji Stoll will create SNAP:100, a series of 100 Polaroid portraits, with accompanying 100-word interviews, of individuals connected to the Lincoln District. They will photo-document a vivid collection of personalities of all ages, ethnicities, genders and professions, to create a time capsule of the diverse range of stories that make up the neighborhood’s identity today. They hope this project will provide an opportunity for people to learn more, build connections and get engaged with one another.

 

Liesl Santkuyl and Latinos Unidos
Timeline: September 2017
Latinos Unidos is a community group made up of 20 Latino citizens of Tacoma of all ages and backgrounds. They will use their grant to host several youth workshops and organize an event at Lincoln High School featuring cultural music and dance. They aim to inspire local Latino youth to lift their voices, and become engaged citizens who are proud of their heritage.

 

Kimberly and Terry Sparks-Wilmer
Timeline: Summer 2017
In response to the upcoming plastic bag ban, Kimberly and Terry Sparks-Wilmer will create reusable cloth bags to distribute for free to Lincoln residents. Each bag will be screen printed with images of the red lantern street lights that have become distinctive symbols of the district.

 

Project Overview

The City of Tacoma Arts Program and the Tacoma Arts Commission hosted a free community engagement workshop on July 30th, 2016. Council Member Marty Campbell opened the workshop and thanked the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department who generously donated their auditorium space. Rebecca Solverson gave an overview of the grant opportunities and the plan for the day. She was followed by brief introductions from Joey Furuto from Metro Parks, Peter Anderson and Marianne Seifert from the Health Department, Marissa Vining from the City’s Office of Equity, Allyson Griffith from the City’s Community Based Services, and Patrick Babbitt from the City’s Healthy Homes Healthy Neighborhoods program. These representatives all shared their interest in partnering with artists and excitement about the grant projects. Introductions were followed by presentations and networking activities led by artists Linda Wysong and Horatio Law. The workshop ended with a community walk and a question session.

 

Following the workshop, the Arts Commission awarded grants to fund imaginative community engagement projects in the Lincoln District. Funding went to all kinds of creative collaborations, with an emphasis on innovative and fun approaches that facilitate economic development, neighborhood identity, and community cohesion. Applicants were encouraged to also consider topics that illuminate and engage the Lincoln District’s diverse communities and address social justice, gentrification, and help create a sense of place. These temporary creative collaborations can last one day or for months, and will be open and accessible to all.

 

Installation Date

Projects must be completed between September 2016 - December 2018.


Call to Artists

Download the Call to Artists for more project details.

 

Questions? 
Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.

 

 

Prairie Line Trail Spur

Prairie Line Trail Spur

 

Selected Artist
The artist Susan Zoccola was chosen by a selection committee in July 2015.

 

Project Overview
The City of Tacoma invited artists who reside in Washington’s Pierce, King, Thurston, or Kitsap Counties to submit qualifications for a $60,000 commission to create an artwork or series of artworks that will attach to eight light poles on the Prairie Line Trail Spur, at South 15th and Dock streets, in downtown Tacoma. The Spur is an important link between two historic and multi-modal pathways—the Prairie Line Trail and the Thea Foss Waterway. Once completed, this rail to trail conversion will create a linear park and active transportation gateway to the waterfront; build on downtown Tacoma's natural, historic, and cultural assets; and become an integral component of the vision of an attractive, livable, and revitalized downtown. This will be the City’s first permanent public art commission for the Prairie Line Trail.

 

Installation Date
Summer 2018

 

Call to Artists
Download the Call to Artists for more project details.

 

Questions? 
Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.

 

Consultation and Other Projects

Consultation and Partnerships Throughout Tacoma

In addition to managing the City of Tacoma's Percent for Art program, the Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality also provides consulting services for partner agencies around Tacoma.

 

Metro Parks

To see some of the public art projects we've helped to manage for Metro Parks, go to their website.

 

Questions? 

Contact Rebecca Solverson or call (253) 591-5564.