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The City of Tacoma Launches ‘artTown’
The City of Tacoma is launching 'artTown,' a new TV show showcasing the Tacoma's creative community on Friday at 8 pm. The quarterly series is a documentary-style show hoping to explore the multi-faceted creative culture that has grown here in recent years. The city hopes to spotlight the activities happening here and drive a bit of discussion. From the city:
"In developing the concept for ‘artTown,’ we wanted to offer a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma," said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. "In addition to what people traditionally think of as 'creative,' such as fine art, music or dance, we also plan to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have really flourished in our city like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more. You'll see some of that in this first episode."
The inaugural episode features music composed by local artist Isaac Solverson. It also includes viewpoints from J.D. Elquist and Travis Pranger at vintage menswear boutique Feather and Oar; Pacific Avenue Streetscape artists Elizabeth Conner and Daniel Martin; graphic designer Art Chantry whose work has been exhibited in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian and the Louvre; letterpress artist Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle; Metro Parks historian Melissa McGinnis; Tacoma School of the Arts instructors Robin Jaecklein and Kareem Kandi; Arts EnviroChallenger teaching artist Meredith Essex; and many others.
Several segments in the show were taped in our office. It was great to see Lance Kagey interview Art Chantry on the red sofa. Plus, there was this one day with a man in a green body suit ... maybe my memory isn't quite clear on that one.
We look forward to seeing the first episode and where this will go.
More information should appear shortly on TVTacoma.com
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