Nothing brings together a more diverse group of individuals quite like art. Art welcomes everyone to come and explore all that it has to offer. Art allows you to feel and experience. It is open to interpretation and begs the question: what is art?
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend a weekend away with these incredibly caring and complex young individuals. We had so much fun at Cascades Camp & Conference Center in Yelm getting to know one another out in nature, zip lining, canoeing, sharing stories and talents, and just being our real, honest selves.
We are pleased to share that Shaun Peterson, our 2013 Foundation of Art Award winner, has been selected by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture for an art commission on the new Seattle Waterfront. Peterson, of Milton, WA, is a member of the Puyallup tribe and a prominent figure in Coast Salish art traditions. His work can be seen all throughout the Northwest on buildings and street corners alike merging the traditional art with a contemporary feel.
On behalf of the board of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we want to thank you for your taking the time to participate in the President & CEO search survey. Your thoughtful feedback and input have provided valuable insight as we move forward in reviewing prospective candidates.
As we mentioned in sending out the survey, these are questions that GTCF’s board and staff also answered as part of the search process. We are very encouraged, and hope our broader community is as well, by seeing the close alignment between the board and staff results and those of people who responded to the community survey.
Here are some highlights about what we’ve learned*:
Congratulations to our first Spark Grants of 2015!
Since launching in 2013, the Community Foundation has had the opportunity to fund nearly 30 projects that have gone on to flourish into great community assets. This past fall we opened applications for our 4th cycle and received another great batch of ideas—from which seven were selected for funding by our Sparks Grant committee.
As part of our kick-off, new Spark Grant recipients recently had the opportunity to sit down with one another and connect on their community projects.
What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?
For weeks we have been anticipating the answers we would receive from such a thought provoking question, stemming from the film The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things. The Empowerment Project highlights the journey of five female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions. The film’s strong message of boundless opportunity and perseverance made it the perfect platform for the Fund for Women and Girls to begin this important conversation.
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