Join us at Tacoma Art Muesem every 2nd Thursday of the month for our Community West African Dance Class taught by Master Teacher, Awal Alhassan Join the Free class, just observe or sketch our T.U.P.A.C. students from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM every 2nd Thursday!
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center’s (T.U.P.A.C) mission is to provide youth of Tacoma, particularly Black and BIPOC youth in the historic Hilltop Community, with opportunities to achieve artistic excellence through culturally relevant pre-professional dance training, community events, and classes in the performing arts. TUPAC fights to address issues of access, opportunity, and representation for black youth in the performing arts.
This Summer of 2023 T.U.P.A.C. will present the first annual Hilltop Dance Festival, On My Block. This series will be free outdoor presentations of dance. We will highlight works from Black and BIPOC artists throughout the region and are accepting submissions from all styles of dance. Selected pieces will be scheduled to perform for 1 weekend. Some choreographers may be asked to present their work on multiple weekends. If interested in participating, please see submission requirements.
July 15th – 16th, 2023
July 29th – 30th, 2023
August 12th – 13th, 2023
August 26th – 27th, 2023
Performance Times: 3pm – 4:30
APPLICATION, Click Here to apply
· Application Fee $25
· Artist Statement 300 words or less about the piece and inspiration.
· Piece Description 50 words or less for program.
· Artist Resume: If Applicable
· Artists may submit choreography of any genre
· Artists may submit more than one piece, each with separate application and fees
· Pieces should be between 5 – 20 minutes long
· Pieces that include some sort of collaboration with Black or BIPOC artists of different disciplines (Music, Visual Art, etc) are highly encouraged.
VIDEO SUBMISSION (Deadline May 31st, 2023 at 11:59pm)
Artists will need to provide video of completed work (in costume preferred). Please provide YouTube link to video in application form. Emails containing the video file will not be reviewed.
CLICK HERE to apply!!!
In the Summer of 2022 TUPAC presented a new ballet entitled, Noir Black Noir, set to music created by underrepresented Black Classical Composers dating from the 1700’s to current day. The acclaimed, NW Sinfonietta performed these important works. TUPAC students worked with and performed alongside internationally recognized professional dance artists. TUPAC presented two shows to audiences of over 400 each. Most unique was the format of the performances. Executive Director Klair Ethridge had an idea for making sure that this historic work and display of Black art was accessible for all of the Hilltop and greater Tacoma community to see. She orchestrated a plan to build a stage in the parking lot of the Old Rite Aid on MLK Jr Way, the temporary home of Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center. After overwhelming turn out, Klair and the team at TUPAC have decided to make this a tradition for the Hilltop Community.
March 24, 2019 - Premiere of our new Ballet
Free Community Event
A movie inspired by conversations with Dr. Maxine Mimms & the late Kabby Mitchell III
2020 Kwanzaa Film Festival Selected for The 2020 Alt Alternative Film Festival
2021 WRPN Women's International Film Festival
2021 Children's Film Festival Seattle
2021 Imagine Rain Independent Film Festival
The Anatolia International Film Festival
The Gold Star Movie Awards
The Cannes World Film Festival
Ballet Performance accompanied by India.Arie
Let the Strings Speak is the brain child of Dr. Maxine Mimms, founder of Evergreen State College Tacoma campus and educator since 1950. It’s a collaboration with Dr. Lesa Terry, violinist and educator and her twin sister Mona Terry, CMP, Mona Terry, featured harpist. The collaboration is inclusive of the music from the Pan African Culture that sustains and feeds your soul. We partner with other professional musicians along with up and coming young artists and plant a seed of possibility. As educators we believe that the sounds from the String instruments reduce the noise level in our development and learning raises the energy and allows us to reach for excellence. We are excited to present this intergenerational program for our 3rd year and invite the community to join us for an afternoon of healing.
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center
1105 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405