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1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US

September 2019

2019 TAM Millennial Mixer: Late Night at the Museum

September 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Please join TAM for our first-ever gala after party celebration as we expand our young professional partnerships and cultivate new relationships with TAM’s next generation. The night will feature a live DJ, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and cash bar. Revel in the thrill of a wine toss, spin the wheel experience, and curated silent auction offering phenomenal art pieces. Don’t forget the whiskey tasting and raffle give-away! Attendance to TAM Gala not required.

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Illustration Drawing Rally

September 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Come see local illustrators at work! Spend the evening exploring cartooning and illustration in the gallery with Bart at TAM and with local artists. Ask questions, see their process, and enter to win an original artwork. Presented in collaboration with Lettuce 253. Cost: FREE

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TAM Teach! Supporting LGBTQ Students

September 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join TAM staff and partners from My Purple Umbrella to learn how best to support LGBTQ students through art! Engage in dialogue about best practices, explore how artists express their identities, and build community with fellow educators. Leave with tips, tricks, and tools for your classroom. Clock hours available. Cost: $15 per educator. More details: http://bit.ly/TAMTeachLGBTQ

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October 2019

Artist Talk: Debora Moore

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join artist Debora Moore and Director of Special Northwest Projects, Rock Hushka, at Tacoma Art Museum for a lively discussion of her monumental glass sculptures in Debora Moore: Arboria. In her four sculpture installation, Moore explores the beauty and awe of seasonal change with life-size glass trees. With roots wrapping around boulders and sweeping branches laden with delicate blossoms, Moore looks to the power of nature as a symbol of resilience, dignity, and strength. Presented as a part of Refract…

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Teen Night at TAM

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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What would happen if teens took over Tacoma Art Museum? Find out at Teen Night, a FREE teens-only event for students age 13-18. This biannual event opens up the entire museum for gallery activities, music and dance performances, art making sessions, photo ops and dancing!

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TAM Day

October 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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In celebration of TAM's birthday, admission is pay what you can!

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November 2019

15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival

November 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join us in celebrating Day of the Dead at TAM. Back for the 15th year, TAM will host community made ofrendas, or altars, and a tapete made by Seattle artist Fulgencio Lazo on view starting October 22. The festival includes performances of dance and music, art making, traditional foods, art vendors, face painting, free access to all of the galleries, and more! Presented in partnership with Proyecto MoLE and Centro Latino.

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Director Talk: French Impressionism

November 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join TAM Executive Director David Setford for a discussion of the role of French Impressionism in the Northwest. Hear firsthand how the exhibition Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest was assembled, learn about the escapades of the impressionist artists, and their revolutionary approach to color and light. Cost: $10 ($5 members/students with ID)

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Super Manager Transformer

November 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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The Super Manager Training is based on the book Super Manager. ​ The training is designed to give people managers the most relevant skills needed to help make the team's successful in today's ever changing and evolving world. ​ Skill sets and mindsets like: Coaching Empowerment Communication Empathy Vision Setting Goal and Results Driving Team Leadership Culture Championing ​ The how of the training is just as critical. The training includes and is structured around 4 components: Mindset framing Skill…

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TAM Teach! Impressionism: Color and Light

November 14, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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The classics of the Impressionist era still have much to teach us. Explore works of art in Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest. Investigate color and light with activities that can be adapted to any age or art ability, and create some art of your own! Cost: $15 per person for a 3-hour workshop; clock hours provided

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December 2019

Super Manager Transformer

December 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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The Super Manager Training is based on the book Super Manager. ​ The training is designed to give people managers the most relevant skills needed to help make the team's successful in today's ever changing and evolving world. ​ Skill sets and mindsets like: Coaching Empowerment Communication Empathy Vision Setting Goal and Results Driving Team Leadership Culture Championing ​ The how of the training is just as critical. The training includes and is structured around 4 components: Mindset framing Skill…

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Star Wars™ at TAM

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Star Wars™ designer, Colin Cantwell, was the original concept artist and modeler for all things that flew in the first Star Wars™ movie, Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope™. His designs include the X-Wing™, TIE Fighter™, Death Star™, Star Destroyer™, original Millennium Falcon™, Y-Wing™ and others. Developing the process of ‘kitbashing’, Cantwell revolutionized the modeling industry for cinema by tearing apart model kits of cars, boats and planes and re-constructing the pieces into objects. We are thrilled to…

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Winter Celebration

December 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Kick off the holiday season at TAM! This Third Thursday/Neighborhood Night join TAM as we celebrate the winter season. We will feature an exciting performance from the Tacoma City Ballet, ornament making, a cozy hot-cocoa and cider station, and a fun opportunity to kick-off your holiday gift giving by supporting TAM. Photo: Saito Kiyoshi, "Farmhouse in Aizu," circa 1950. Woodblock print. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. James W. Lyon

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January 2020

Super Manager Transformer

January 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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The Super Manager Training is based on the book Super Manager. ​ The training is designed to give people managers the most relevant skills needed to help make the team's successful in today's ever changing and evolving world. ​ Skill sets and mindsets like: Coaching Empowerment Communication Empathy Vision Setting Goal and Results Driving Team Leadership Culture Championing ​ The how of the training is just as critical. The training includes and is structured around 4 components: Mindset framing Skill…

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February 2020

Artist Talk: RYAN! Feddersen

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join us to hear about RYAN! Feddersen's artistic practice, inspiration, recent projects and works on view in The Naturalist & The Trickster: Audubon/RYAN! About the Artist: RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen specializes in creating interactive murals, site-specific installations, and immersive public artworks that invite audience engagement. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009. Feddersen is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, from the Okanogan and Arrow Lakes bands, and…

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TAM Local: SHEnlightens Opening Reception

February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join us for the opening reception of SHEnlightens: A Women’s Collaboration Art Project! This project, founded by Amanda L. Gamble, celebrates and honors vital, progressive female contributors to society, past and present, with a collection of portrait art. This is an intimate experience focusing on women’s intellectual role and identity today, while showcasing skilled female artists from Tacoma and the surrounding area. There will be light bites and beverages for all to enjoy. This FREE event is open to the…

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Members’ Preview: Forgotten Stories

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Be the first to view Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s! Step into a 1930s jazz speakeasy with lively sounds from local musicians Indigo Jazz Band. Highlighting one of the art forms found in the exhibition, Master Carving School will demonstrate wood carving techniques. Enjoy diner bites and a cash bar. The TAM Studio will also be open for an art making activity. Attire from the 1930s encouraged! Members free | Non-Members $10

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Artist Talk: Marita Dingus

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Marita Dingus, an African American feminist and environmental artist, will discuss her process working with recycled materials and her identity as an integral part of her work. This discussion will tie into other topics on environmental racism and activism, and her impressions of museum culture as a Black Women in the art world. This event is free and open to all visitors.

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March 2020

TAM Teach! WPA Then and Now

March 12 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration changed the face of the Pacific Northwest, and inspired artists working in a variety of disciplines. Explore artwork created with funds from the WPA, investigating the historical and social context. Learn how artwork can support students’ learning in social studies classrooms at all levels. $15 per educator, clock hours included Secondary Workshop: 3:30pm – 6:30pm Elementary Workshop: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

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TAM Local: SHEnlightens Closing Reception

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join us for the closing reception of SHEnlightens: A Women’s Collaboration Art Project! This project, founded by Amanda L. Gamble, celebrates and honors vital, progressive female contributors to society, past and present, with a collection of portrait art. This is an intimate experience focusing on women’s intellectual role and identity today, while showcasing skilled female artists from Tacoma and the surrounding area. There will be light bites and beverages for all to enjoy. This FREE event is open to the…

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The American West Challenge – tour and scavenger hunt

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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We are thrilled to announce the latest installation of our Unspoken History series. This event, "The American West Challenge", is a guided tour through Tacoma Art Museum's American West exhibit and a competitive scavenger hunt with prizes for the first teams to submit the correct answers. This tour is designed to challenge your views on the American West and to look deeper at the multiple levels that make up the rich story of the West. You will be guided through…

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April 2020

Earth Day Celebration

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, join the celebration at TAM with RYAN! Feddersen. From Coyote’s rebirth to having to evade the FBI, hear from artist RYAN! Feddersen as she tells the story of the Coyote Now Epic interactive installation. Visitors are invited to color in the drawings using handmade crayons shaped to look like coyote bones. This event is free with museum admission.

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TAM Teach! Teacher Workshop: Notes from the Field

April 23 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Scientists use sketches and drawings to record their findings. Investigate works of art in the exhibition The Naturalist & The Trickster: Audubon/RYAN!. Explore the intersections of art and science, and consider how you could use multi-modal learning in your own classroom. Includes STEM clock hours.

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Sip & Craft: Pallet Sign Art Workshop

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join us to sip on wine, and nibble on appetizers while creating a customized pallet sign. Tacoma Art Museum is proud to partner with The Makery, a DIY craft studio based locally in Tacoma. At this 2.5-hour workshop, guests will be allowed to create their own pallet sign using a unique design template. There will be about 40 paint and stain colors you can choose from to make your sign fit your home and family. Before the workshop, we encourage…

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Spring Luncheon

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Please join us for Tacoma Art Museum’s annual spring luncheon – an exciting opportunity to celebrate and support TAM’s mission of connecting people through art. This program will raise funds to benefit the Museum’s educational programs, inspiring exhibitions, and care and growth of the permanent collection. As a special treat for guests, we are having a small pop-up exhibition of some of the Japanese woodblock prints from TAM’s collection. The preservation and exhibition of these fragile works is one of…

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Homeschool Day: Public Art, Yesterday and Today

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Join us for a special day just for homeschool students! Participate in a guided tour of works of art in the museum. Create your own artwork, learning from an expert teaching artist. Spend time exploring the galleries on your own, with self-guided activities and a scavenger hunt. Check out art-making activities in TAM Studio. $10 per student; one adult chaperone per family free ($5 per additional adult); children under 4 free

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May 2020

Artist Talk: Public Art in Tacoma

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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What makes Tacoma a hub for contemporary public art with hundreds of works across the city, both indoors and outdoors? Reflecting on the exhibition Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s join us for a discussion of some of the city’s favorite public art projects, upcoming works, and what the future holds for public art in Tacoma. Cost: FREE

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Art Management: How to Care for Your Art Collection at Home

May 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
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Please join TAM’S Associate Director of Curatorial & Head Registrar Jessica Wilks for a discussion on how to care for your art collection at home. Owning art is a big investment with many pieces requiring plenty of care over time. In this talk, you will learn techniques on how to take care of your collection as well as how to hang 2-D artworks and safeguard your masterpieces from damage during packing, shipping, and display. Everyone from novices to experts are…

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