Filed Under: Be the Spark™ - Posted @ 2:25pm
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is pleased to announce eight new Spark Grants. These $1,500 “micro-grants” aim to fuel grassroots leaders who have great ideas on how to make their neighborhood a better place and support a diverse range of community-based projects across Pierce County.
Filed Under: Art - Posted by Carol Park, Grants Administrator @ 12:44pm
The inverted rakish metallic ice cream cone that graces the Tacoma skyline is a part of the new Tacoma…the Tacoma that sprang up after I left for Seattle and other parts unknown. To me, as a native but somewhat displaced Tacoman, I have been unsure how to react to all of this fancy coolness that has appeared to fill the formerly uninviting downtown area. I mean, there is light rail. And a university. And the old train station is now a courthouse full of glass sculptures. And, speaking of glass, there’s the Museum of Glass
--the one with the cone on top.
Filed Under: Grantee - Posted by Gina Anstey, VP of Grants & Initiatives @ 1:24pm
“I must have driven past here a thousand times and never knew this was here”
“I cannot believe I have never been to this magical place”
“It is always free to visit? I can't wait to come back and bring ______ with me.”
These are the common refrains of first time visitors to the Pacific Bonsai Museum. This treasure in our own backyard, this place of national and international renown, beguiles visitors with its art, the serenity of its grounds and the stories behind each one of the pieces individually as much as the place itself.
Filed Under: Grantee, Grants - Posted by Kathryn Zetzer, Program Officer @ 1:44pm
The Tacoma Pride Festival kicked-off yesterday and looking through the event line up it looks to be one heck of a weekend. I can’t wait to honor the LGBTQA population of Pierce County with celebration.
Filed Under: Art - Posted by Carol Park, Grants Administrator @ 10:07am
Nestled along the waterfront of Gig Harbor is a hidden treasure awaiting exploration by young and old alike. My trek across the Narrows with my 5-year-old daughter was to join the Gig Harbor community in celebrating the unveiling of a new addition to the front of the Harbor History Museum, The Big Catch. This labor of love is a fantastic bronze statue, recently completed by local sculptor Douglas C. Granum. Originally in two dimensions in the form of a 1909 photo taken by celebrated photographer Asahel Curtis, the fisherman and his enormous prize have been brought to life anew to glint in the sunlight and celebrate Gig Harbor’s fishing heritage.
Filed Under: Fund for Women & Girls, General - Posted @ 11:42am
Sarah Bridgeford joined the Community Foundation team this May as its Program Manager for the Fund for Women & Girls. In this role, Sarah works to foster conversations and learning opportunities that address gender equity in Pierce County and manages the Fund’s grantmaking program.
Filed Under: General - Posted @ 12:16pm
This April, we welcomed Kathryn Zetzer to our Community Foundation team. As a Program Officer, Kathryn is responsible for working closely with grantees, the nonprofit community-at-large and other funders to effectively direct several key grantmaking programs.
Learn more about Kathryn and what inspires her about community philanthropy!
Filed Under: Art, General - Posted @ 11:59am
Chris Jordan learned to draw years after learning to compose and illustrate through digital design. As a result, his process is centered in collage; negotiating competing tensions, layering, reframing and re-contextualizing imagery to construct narratives from new vantages. Broadly speaking, his aim is to bridge audiences, to interrogate, and to explore the histories at work where disparate standpoints and their accompanying values endure unredeemed.
Filed Under: Art, General - Posted @ 11:31am
I have lived in Tacoma, WA for the last three years. My academic background includes studies in Architecture, Art and Political Science. In Summer 2013, I completed the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program for Visual Artists. Shortly after completing the program, I earned a private commission in Philadelphia, funds from which allowed me to secure my first long term studio space at the Jet Artists Coop.
Filed Under: Art, General - Posted @ 11:09am
Erika Rier is a fine artist and illustrator. She learned to sew when she was 6, crochet when she was 7, knit when she was 8, embroider when she was 10, and weave when she was 16. She works in textiles regularly and they feature heavily in her work. Writing was her first love and although she no longer writes poetry, she still secretly writes young adult fiction. Erika now resides in Tacoma with her husband, daughter, cat, and two dogs, after having lived in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, NYC, and Arizona.
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