Tacoma Arts Month: What's Happening this Week: 10/19 - 10/21

Tacoma Arts Month 2018

October 18, 2018


We're halfway through Tacoma Arts Month and there are still many art events left to go! With all of this nice weather, one delightful way you can engage in art this October is by... well, walking down the street! New public installations, such as Sheila Klein's "Way" (see below), and artwork at the new Eastside Community Center (opening party is this Saturday) are just a few examples of the ways in which Tacoma artists activate community spaces.

For more information, go to TacomaArtsMonth.com or check out each presenter's website.

Feature Events for 10/19 - 10/21:

barbara symph

Barber & Tchaikovsky

October 20 | 7:30 PM | Rialto Theater ( 310 S 9th Street) | $24-83

Guest soloist Jennifer Frautschi, violin. Courtesy of Symphony Tacoma.


Celebrate Eastside: Grand Opening of Eastside Community Center

October 20 | 10:30 AM | Eastside Community Center (1721 E 56th Street) | Free
Metro Parks Tacoma


Shop Talk with Visiting Artist Claire Kelly

October 21 | 2 PM | Museum of Glass (1801 Dock Street) | $5-17, Members and children under 6 Free | Museum of Glass

Claire Kelly (American, born 1970) working on Circumstellar, Chartreuse, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.


Stop Chicken Me Out! Art Showcase

October 21 | 1 PM - 5 PM | Real Art Tacoma (5412 South Tacoma Way) | Free 
Hosted by Tacoma Arts Initiative Program recipient Collin Veenstra

More Weekend Happenings:

October 19

Chihuly Walking Tour
2 PM | Museum of Glass (1801 Dock Street) | $10 + Museum Admission | Museum of Glass

YOHEN by Philip Kan Gotanda
7:30 PM | The Dukesbay Theater (508 6th Ave, Studio 10) | $15 | Dukesbay Productions

7 PM - 9 PM | Center for Spiritual Living | $2 suggested donation

October 20

Family STEAM Day - Not a Box (Cars)
11 AM - 4 PM | LeMay - America's Car Museum (2702 East D Street) | Free with Museum Admission | LeMay - America's Car Museum

Paper Trails
11 AM - 5 PM | King's Books (218 St Helens Ave) | Free | King's Books

North Pearl Wine Walk
2 PM - 6 PM | North Pearl and N 51st Street | $25 | Ruston Point Defiance Business District

12th Annual Destiny Dinner
5 PM - 8 PM | Tacoma Armory (1001 S Yakima Ave) | $65 THS Members, $75 Public | Tacoma Historical Society

YOHEN by Philip Kan Gotanda
7:30 PM | The Dukesbay Theater (508 6th Ave, Studio 10) | $15 | Dukesbay Productions

October 21

YOHEN by Philip Kan Gotanda
2 PM | The Dukesbay Theater (508 6th Ave, Studio 10) | $15 | Dukesbay Productions

20th Anniversary Concert of the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ
3 PM - 4:30 PM | Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University | $17 GA, $10 Military/Alumni/60+, $5 PLU ID/Under 18 | Pacific Lutheran University

The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra at Matriarch
5 PM - 8 PM | Matriarch (1322 Fawcett Ave) | Free

Art is Everywhere.

sheilaklein way

Art is everywhere you look in Tacoma and sometimes in places you’d least expect it, like WAY, created by Sheila Klein (pictured above). WAY draws attention to the heart of the South Tacoma Business District, emphasizing the crosswalks at 54th and 56th Streets in this busy thoroughfare. Two strings of obstruction markers acts as a set of pearls and oversized finials cap the painted light posts. WAY was installed this spring and was generously funded through a partnership with State Farm and Local Initiatives Support Corporation as part of their community revitalization efforts. Additional funding was provided by the South Tacoma Business District through a City of Tacoma Innovative Grant.

Share Your #TacomaArtsMonth Experience - and Win!


Discover Tacoma's arts and culture this October, and win great prizes. 

Participate in the Tacoma Arts Month Reverse Scavenger Hunt!

  1. Follow Tacoma Arts on Instagram and/or Facebook
  2. Look out for weekly quiz questions sponsored by local arts organizations
  3. Comment on the post within 24 hours
  4. Be entered to win fantastic prizes!

Take the Tacoma Arts Month Photo Challenge - It's easy!

  1. Take a photo at each Tacoma arts event you attend in October
  2. Post using #TacomaArtsMonth and mention the name of the event you attended. Make sure your post is public.
  3. Be instantly entered to win a fabulous prize package

Find out more about the #TacomaArtsMonth Challenge

Sponsored by the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County 

Photo courtesy of: Culture Shock Collective

October Workshops & Classes

pumpkin workshop

This October provides the perfect opportunity for you to expand your knowledge base and learn new skills. From dance to literary arts, music to visual arts, or even a culinary arts class, Tacoma offers an exciting array of workshops and classes for children to adults. Find what interests you!

Photo courtesy of James Dimond for Slumped Glass Workshop on 10/20 & 10/21 at Museum of Glass.

Art Exhibits


From museums to galleries to local businesses, art is everywhere you turn in Tacoma. Find out more about the locations that have special exhibits this October as well as places that show work year-round.

"Seeding the Vote" Dead Feminists broadside by Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring. Featured in Words of Action: the Dead Feminists exhibition at Pierce County Aids Foundation.