Maria's Blog

May. 23, 2012 at 11:09am

Arts Input TODAY

Take part in proactive planning for positive cultural policy

Don't forget today at 12:45 pm is a chance to contribute to the conversation about arts and culture here in Tacoma and Pierce County. Glass art, giant dump trucks of letters, live/work space, music in parks, graffiti walls, guerrilla poetry, letterpress broadsides, t-shirts...what's your take?

Walk over at lunch time and participate in a discussion about what the arts are and should be in our community.

Pierce County Arts Advocacy Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 2011

Tacoma Municipal Building

747 Market Street – 9th floor, Visibility Center
Downtown Tacoma
Meeting is 12:45 to 1:30 pm

More info here:

comments [10]  |  posted under Art, community, events


by NineInchNachos on 5/23/2012 @ 3:29pm
Art Critic wanted.

by CaptainBritton on 5/23/2012 @ 4:02pm
I was just talking to an upstanding Tacoma citizen...This gentleman is an avid art follower, patron, fan, musician, etc, but says he's really only interested in what he called "un-sanctioned public art".

I thought that was an interesting perspective.

by NineInchNachos on 5/23/2012 @ 4:07pm
maybe a Lenin Statue.

by Maria on 5/23/2012 @ 4:14pm
They just wrote me a check for a bajillion dollars for a poetry parking lot. Instead of cars, I'm going to park giant letters--making the world's first poem that can only be read by Google Earth, or aliens.

See what happens when you show up for arts advocacy meetings!!!

(Actually, I volunteered to help with researching ways to better connect with the media and how to communicate arts events and programs.)

Great group of people there. It's a once a month meeting, generally the last Wednesday of the month, at the Tacoma Municipal Bldg. Great input from members of cultural, arts, tech, business groups.

by NineInchNachos on 5/23/2012 @ 4:20pm
way to be Maria!

by CaptainBritton on 5/23/2012 @ 5:00pm
It pays to show up! Nice work, can't wait to see your poem lots!

by Maria on 5/23/2012 @ 5:21pm
Some notes:

1) There's an Arts Policy Taskforce working on proactive arts policy. Instead of responding [reacting] to proposed legislation, taxes and codes, a taskforce is going to research existing municipalities and what policies and governance do they have in place to encourage arts.

2) The state has a cultural access fund (also known as an arts and education fund) that is being reconfigured.

3) On June 8, the city will release their Economic Impact of Arts in Tacoma report.

4) Erik Hanberg recommended seeking alliances with the tech community. (Great idea.) Amy McBride later commented that Spaceworks is not just for arts groups, but any creative or ingenious initiative, e.g., activating empty space through entrepreneurship and creativity.

5) New live/work ideas are being studied by the city. (!!!!!!!!)

6) The arts are an ecosystem. There are large players, smaller groups, individuals. Non-profit, for-profit, tech, cultural groups, etc.

7) Tacoma Arts Commission has three main areas of funding: Anchor Fund (larger groups), Arts Projects and Individual Projects. Some of their cool initiatives include a mentorship/public arts training, the mural arts training program, Spaceworks and Art-at-Work Month.

8) Arts consist of .2 of 1% of the city budget. [I think I heard that correctly. I suffer from slight discalculia...)

Biggest thing I came away with: there is no arts fairy godmother with a magic wand and a goose with gold eggs. Those of us who create must also promote, campaign, communicate, collaborate and invite the broader public to share the delight of arts. It's also vital that the economics-boosting, culture-lifting, spirit-illuminating role of the arts is shared with elected officials and the general public.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/23/2012 @ 5:22pm
Posted at: 11:09am
Meeting at: 12:45pm

I wish there had been more notice.

by Maria on 5/23/2012 @ 5:27pm
PS. Just in case it wasn't clear, I was totally kidding about the parking lot poem. Sorry to disappoint any parking lot poetry fans!! Though a massive poem in a vacant lot--a memoriam to lost historic buildings / an ode to renewed economic development in the city--would be a marvelous project.

by Maria on 5/23/2012 @ 5:28pm
It was on Facebook, the Spaceworks blog, Tacoma Arts Commission blog, etc.--but I'll try to post here earlier next time. It was my first meeting so I didn't know what to expect. Very amazing group of people.