Tualatin Arts Scene Thrives Thanks to Support of Businesses

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Center Cal Properties for “I Wonder” Mastodon sculpture at Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center, awarded 2015.
Center Cal Properties for “I Wonder” Mastodon sculpture at Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center, awarded 2015.
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Traveling through Tualatin, you’ll likely notice the abundance of public art pieces – sculptural ducks, art-wrapped boxes, and water features that bring life to our community. Have you ever wondered how these pieces came to be? The City of Tualatin has a wonderful Parks and Rec Department to help move initiatives forward. However, our businesses are one of the biggest partners in furthering the creative culture of Tualatin.

TriMet for “Coho Commute” located at the Mohawk St. Park & Ride, awarded 2018.
TriMet for “Coho Commute” located at the Mohawk St. Park & Ride, awarded 2018.

In 2008 the Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee (TAAC) started to promote and recognize local community members who incorporate the arts in unique ways within the city. These community members understand that an appreciation for the arts helps foster stronger communities and is a way to give back to those who live and work in the city. 

Tualatin area businesses can be recognized by the city as “culture cultivators” by helping to further the arts in their business. “But how?” you may ask. Has your company commissioned an artist for a mural, sculpture or hosted a poetry slam? Maybe you open your space for writer’s workshops, host a musical venue popup, donate artist working spaces, or a rotating gallery within your building. 

There are many ways that local companies, building owners, and patrons can help further the creative culture within Tualatin, and we want to recognize those efforts. A few previous recipients are Lumiere Players Theatre, Don Armstrong for the Chinook Salmon water feature at the Boones Ferry McDonald’s Restaurant, MP Lewis & Floetta Ide Healing Garden at Legacy Meridian Hospital, and TriMet for Coho Commute sculpture at Mohawk St. Park & Ride.

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center for the Lewis & Floetta Ide Healing Gardien, awarded 2013.
Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center for the Lewis & Floetta Ide Healing Gardien, awarded 2013.

The Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee and the City of Tualatin also look to recognize individuals that make significant contributions to further the enhancement of the arts and creative education within the city of Tualatin. 

Enter the Community Arts Enhancement Commendation. On an ongoing basis, the Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee (TAAC) nominates individuals and businesses to be recognized through this commendation. If you or a business you know has contributed to enhancing the arts, please let us know! Send a short email to Julie Ludemann (jludemann@tualatin.gov) about how they are contributing to the community through the arts so we can help recognize their efforts.

If you would like to know more about how you can support the arts community, please get in touch with Julie Ludemann for ideas and possible partnerships with local creatives.

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