Peanut butter and jelly, coffee and cream, art and Grit City — all things that quintessentially go together. The long-standing relationship between Tacoma and the art community is being celebrated this month by Arts Bridging Communities — a collaboration between community members, UW Tacoma students, alumni and faculty. Each year they facilitate free community-building art events that promote active engagement with the local art scene.
Several different shows will be featured under the Arts Bridging Communities umbrella. The events span May 10–12 and will be held at the newly opened Tacoma art house, Alma Mater.
Alma Mater, formally The Carpenters Union building, is a beautifully transformed, 23,000 square foot art venue perched on Fawcett Avenue. This complex is home to many public spaces including a 500 person capacity theater, recording studio, restaurant and art gallery. The space serves as a connection point for artists that provides resources and networking opportunities.
The kickoff event of Arts Bridging Communities is May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alma Mater in the venue’s main performing area, Fawcett Hall. This first event, Art Slam Slide, will feature 20 local artists, each allotted two minutes to present their work. Songs, dances, videos and more will be featured. This event focuses specifically on social engagement and the arts, so it is bound to be filled with impactful visuals and powerful perspectives.
On May 11, the band Polyrhythmics will perform at 9 p.m. in Fawcett Hall with special guest Decent at Best — a self-proclaimed “general-binding, hybrid band from Tacoma.”
The festivities will come to a close May 12 with Tacoma artist Will Jordan performing with Romaro Franceswa and Chromatography in Fawcett Hall at 7 p.m. Jordan is a Grammy nominated songwriter, artist and producer who has worked on high profile tracks such as “Fly” by Nicki Minaj. Now he is celebrating the completion of his long awaited EP, “Deep Sleep” which dropped April 25.
Interested in organizing an Arts Bridging Communities workshop or showcasing your work and creativity— such as visual art, poetry or dance? Email email@example.com or visit facebook.com/artsbridgingcommunities/
Alex is studying sustainable urban development. She loves going to events around Tacoma and telling people about them. Her goal is to use her degree to make cities more sustainable.