Across the country each October, cities celebrate and showcase talented artists of all mediums, and Tacoma is no exception. Tacoma Arts Month is just around the corner and will include hundreds of arts events, exhibits, workshops, and more — from music and dance to lectures and literary readings.
The month-long event officially kicks off on Oct. 2 with the Kaleidoscope Opening Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Eastside Community Center. Performances at the opening include music by Stephanie Anne Johnson, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Abby E. Murray, and dance by BareFoot Collective and Metro Parks Arts.
Throughout the month, Tacomans can take pride in the local artistic talent in the city by enjoying musicals, art and photography exhibitions, painting classes, symphony concerts, and the Tacoma Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 3 to 10.
Also a part of Arts Month is a studio tour that features 96 artists and collaborative studios across the city. On Oct. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can visit select studios free of charge to see the behind-the-scenes process of local artists and ask questions of people as they create. Some studios will even have hands-on activities for those who stop by.