Category: Vibrant Community

Aug
8

‘In Our Backyard’ Event Activates Community Conversation on Homelessness

Filed Under: Housing,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:04pm

Every month, GTCF talks with organizers of events posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened and what they learned. In this edition, Roni Chelben – City of Tacoma Artist in Residence shares her experience putting together In Our Backyard, a traveling series of community events that uses various arts and participatory experiences to > Continue Reading

Jul
11

Arts, Science, and Living History Draw Big Crowds at Community Events

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:33am

Great things happen when community gathers together. Every month, GTCF talks with organizers of events posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened and what they learned. In this edition, Rosemary Ponnekanti from Tacoma OceanFest and Chris Staudinger from Puyallup Meeker Days  share their experiences putting on large-scale community festivals in June. Tacoma > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Event Lessons from Healing History, Youth Voice, and Living Art

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:54am

GTCF sees that great things happen when community gathers together. Every month, we talk with organizers of events who posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened.  Tamiko Nimura from Tacoma Japanese American History , Michael Haeflinger of Write 253, and Katherine Wimble Fox from Pacific Bonsai Museum share their vision and lessons from > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Farmers Markets Build Food Equity

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:56am

It’s that time of year when Pierce County Farmers Markets connect residents to local farmers, small businesses, live entertainment, and a chance to meet neighbors. Farmers Markets also bring fresh produce to areas that have been referred to as “food deserts”, urban areas where grocery options are limited. To provide greater access to healthy nutrition, Tacoma Farmers Markets, Puyallup > Continue Reading

May
7

Unique Events Build Community Connections in Pierce County

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 12:52pm

We believe great things happen when people gather together, so we’re excited to see so many local organizations using the GTCF Community Calendar to share ways for people to connect in Pierce County.  Looking at this upcoming month and into the Summer we noticed a couple organizations, Harbor Wild Watch and Exceptional Families Network, who > Continue Reading

Apr
24

Kids Are the Experts On Youth Experience

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 9:53am

PHOTO: via Lisa Monet Photography   What would you do for kids if you were mayor? Tacoma’s Mayor Victoria Woodards posed that question to a group of students from Fawcett Elementary School during the Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma on April 12th. The students spoke with the Mayor and > Continue Reading

Mar
8

Find Family-Friendly Events and More on the GTCF Community Calendar

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:46am

PHOTO: Buffalo Soldiers Tacoma Facebook Page We believe great things happen when community gathers together.  Our  GTCF Community Calendar is a valuable resource for helping bring people together by sharing information about all kinds of events taking place in Pierce County. From family friendly events to educational opportunities to fundraisers for local nonprofits, you’ll find > Continue Reading

Jul
10

GTCF’s 10th Foundation of Art Award Honors 10 Pierce County Artists

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:16am

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor ten Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the Award’s inception. This year’s awardees span a wide range of artistic mediums, from painting and sculpture, to fabric and letterpress. The following artists will showcase > Continue Reading

Mar
2

Social and Emotional Learning for Kids Starts with Adults

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:27am

More than fifty Tacoma organizations came together on Tuesday, February 28 at the Graduate Tacoma headquarters to begin developing a unified approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for local students. The gathering is the first of four community meetings to develop a plan for extending SEL into after-school programs. One theme that emerged was > Continue Reading

Jun
27

Putting Love and Compassion at the Forefront of Learning

Filed Under: General,Letter from President & CEO,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 8:24pm

Last Friday, in partnership with Pierce County SAFE Alliance, Oasis Youth Center, and Rainbow Center, we held a special training for our partner nonprofits that provided participants the legal and social context needed to be inclusive and welcoming to transgender people. This interactive workshop offered rich content as well as opportunities to ask questions. It was a learning experience that deepened our knowledge, compassion and commitment to ensuring ALL people are welcome and safe in our community.