Uplift Tacoma is a way to make creative lemonade out of adversity’s lemons. Sharing music, visual arts, performances and creative activities can offer inspiration and support in tough times.
That’s the goal of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality in launching an initiative labeled Uplift Tacoma, according to Amy McBride, arts administrator for the City of Tacoma. The multimedia platform is designed to help Tacoma residents access and share creative activities through social media, TV Tacoma and a centralized website.
Uplift Tacoma is designed to celebrate creative and inspirational practices and family fun. Maybe weeks of physical distancing offered a chance to revisit old skills or develop new ones. “Now it’s time to inspire others,” McBride said.
“There’s a tremendous amount of talent in this community,” McBride said. “Now people are dusting off the guitars they haven’t played for years. People will have developed different skills. They’re asking, ‘Where can I find support for areas I’m rediscovering.’”
Uplift Tacoma wants to be sure people can find connections. The program sets a platform to share the interesting creative experiences that are happening. It is a place to display talents and to enjoy the talents of others.
“Community isn’t canceled. Love isn’t canceled. Soul isn’t canceled,” McBride reminded. “Who knows what talents will be offered.”
McBride recommends logging on to TacomaCreates.org. The City-sponsored site lists dozens of arts organizations whose activities can inspire artists, ranging from the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Centro Latino, Hilltop Artists and Tacoma Youth Theatre to the city’s popular museums, Symphony Tacoma, jazz with the Kareem Kandi World Orchestra and literary arts with Write253.
Learn about Uplift Tacoma by watching a video produced by Darryl Crews. Go to TacomaCreates.org.
“We have a rich diversity of offerings in our community,” McBride added. “Uplift Tacoma offers support as we connect to healing and health and joy.”