Piecing it Together:
A Collage workshop
with The Current

June 23, 2023, 4:30-6:30pm

Join The Current as Current Committee member, Moe’Neyah Holland, leads an interactive collage workshop inspired by and in response to the design, values and inspirations for The Current: Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud exhibition. Through tour, discussion, collage making, and reflective writing prompts, participants are encouraged to slow down their viewing process and consider an exhibition’s ability to connect, inspire, and make space for community.

Participants and facilitators will work together to examine and engage with the exhibition to produce ideas that will be translated into works of art and/or written forms of expression. Materials for the program will be provided.  No prior art-making experience is necessary.

With only 15 spots available, space is limited, so prior registration is required!

RSVP here


Clay Around:
A Coil Pot Workshop at TAM
with juniper clay and The Current

Calling all pottery lovers and those interested in the craft! Join The Current for an exciting, hands on two session clay workshop lead by artist and potter Kristina Batiste, juniper clay , July 13th and July 27th! 

Batiste will lead participants in creating a collective coil pot, teaching everyone how to create clay coils for the pot. Participants will create their own small clay work while waiting to add to this collaborative work. This will provide participants with an opportunity to try and experiment with making different shapes and structures. On the 27th,  There will be a mixer for participants while glazing works! Each participant will receive one free drink ticket to use at the bar for the evening  

This clay workshop series aligns with the themes of The Current, illustrating the importance of intentionality and patience in creating!

July 13, 5-7pm : Wet clay day! 

Participants will make 2 cups during the session, either coiled or pinched, one of which will be fired to completion so they can use it, the other will be fired only once, so that they can glaze it.   

July 27, 5-7pm : Social glazing day  

Time to mingle! We will reveal the one collaborative work and one piece from each participant. 

Glazing for the other(s) pieces and collaborative design and glazing for the larger work will also take place on this day.  There will be a cash bar and participants will be offered one complimentary drink this evening. 

July 28 : Pick Up! 

Participants will be able to pick up their work from. Pick up times to be shared via email. 

With only 12 spots available, space is limited, so secure your spot now! This program is only open to adults 21+!

Participants must attend both sessions on the 13th and 27th. Those registered for the 13th will automatically be registered for the 27th.

 RSVP here

Additional events and programming for the ‘23 year cycle for The Current, An Artist Award to be shared…! 

Questions? Contact Artist Award Manager Victoria Miles at

Previous events:

Between Us:
A Current Conversation
with Cristina Martinez
and Darrell McKinney

May 4 @ 6:30 pm

The Current’s Inaugural awardee, Darrell McKinney, and final juror, Cristina Martinez, will discuss their individual roles and experience for the inaugural year of The Current, An Artist Award.

They will engage in intimate dialogues about this past cycle of the program. Reserve your spot now!


Meet Darell McKinney

Darrell McKinney is a Tacoma-based interdisciplinary artist. His practice explores the intersections across design, art, and architecture. The work speaks to how design can be utilized to explore the complexities of politics, race, and social infrastructure through the interconnectedness of history, people, and places.

He received a Master of Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in exhibitions at EXPO (Chicago) and internationally at Salone Del Mobile (Milan), Spazio Rossana Orlandi (Milan), and the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was the recipient of fellowships and awards such as the Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom Fellowship Award (2022), A Tale of Today Emerging Artist Fellowship for the Richard H. Driehaus Museum (2019), Hilltop Lasting Legacy Fellowship (2020), and the Design Council Award (2018).

Meet  Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez is a contemporary visual artist based in Seattle, WA. Her career started in fashion school before she explored self-expression through painting. Cristina’s work is rooted in telling the often-overlooked stories of Black and Brown people, encouraging them to water themselves to bloom and grow.

Cristina’s work has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions in Seattle and Los Angeles, such as Flowstate, Mothership Gallery (Seattle, 2018), Two Sides to Every Story (Los Angeles, 2020), Band of Vices Mescaline (Los Angeles, 2021), BOTHO Art Collective (Los Angeles, 2022), Diptych (Seattle, 2022), Forest for The Trees (Seattle, 2022). Cristina has created original works of art for global companies and brands, including the World Trade Center, Nordstrom, Netflix, Disney, BET, and many more.