Another Tacoma Post Office Building ART WALK!

15 Aug


Join us August 21st from 5-9pm for another night of surprise happenings scattered throughout the vast hallways, and beautiful rooms of a historic Tacoma landmark. The Tacoma Post Office Building partners with Spaceworks to host an evening of art exhibits, open studios, short film screenings, plus a Spaceworks happy hour in the new event space Post Hall with DJ Schematik. Buzz has been steadily growing about the creative activation of this building and this event is your chance to explore it first-hand.

This event is all ages, open to the public, and FREE.

In June of this year, 300-400 people came out to the first Tacoma Post Office Building ART WALK. The night was a big success with a colorful array of artwork, performances, film screenings, mixing and mingling.  Check out this video of the nights events created by Joe Hunich and Duane Shrode:

This is a great opportunity for Tacoma to have a large, central space where artists can work side by side, events will bring the crowd, and businesses can prosper. These art walk events get people through the space, learning about the various rental opportunities, and imagining themselves running a studio or business within it. This event celebrates the creative use of an important building, and pushes forth the effort towards it becoming a true hub for the arts in Tacoma.

Art Exhibits
Mod Curio, Perry Porter, Sarah Casto, GJ Gillespie, Jennifer Chushcoff, Just 2 Guys Creative, Taylor Woodruff, Alana Tamminga, Erin Dengerink

Spaceworks Happy Hour in Post Hall event space
Beer & Wine Bar, Cheese & Crackers, Music by DJ Schematik

Open Studios
Kristin Giordano, Abby Kok, Katlyn Hubner, and Alex Schelhammer’s PolyRev Adventure Supply Co.

Ballerina Project Tacoma
Willow Eskridge, Kate Monthy, and Daniel Martin

Short Film Screenings
Isaac Olsen, Nick Butler of Turtledust Media

Spaceworks Tacoma would like to thank property owner A Street Associates and property manager Power Property Consultants for their generosity and partnership. Spaceworks Tacoma Funders include: Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, City of Tacoma, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and Ovation TV.



Quadruple Grand Opening… Pictures!

8 Aug

About 300 folks came out to celebrate the opening of four new businesses: Monopoly Entertainment, Concrete Market, The T-Shirt Men, and SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery. They have taken over a previously vacant building at 10th & MLK, right across from People’s Park. The energy in the air was charged. The spark of new economic activity, along with the mixing and mingling of such a diverse group of Tacomans made the night feel truly special.  We would like to extend a huge THANKS to everyone who helped make this happen!

The following is a series of photographs from the talented and passionate local Kris Crews of Crews Photography & Video:


Property Owner Paul Okner (not pictured here) of  Fremont Property Group LLC came to Spaceworks looking for a creative way to get businesses up and moving in this previously vacant building on the corner of 10th & MLK.  Spaceworks greatly appreciates this partnership and the opportunity it has provided for these four new businesses.



Thank you to Hold Studios for building a gorgeous bean bag toss game, plus giant sized Jenga!


Coloring pages provided by the brand spankin’ new business “The Nearsighted Narwhal” located at 2610-A 6th Ave (also Spaceworks Participants).


Music for the evening was provided by DJ Schematik with special performances by Kerry Williams and Nana Martini. Pictured here, Dion Thomas attempts to find a dance partner. A big thanks to Dion (Spaceworks Intern) for helping throw this community event.


A big touch of magic was brought to the evening by the incredible, multi-versed performer “Just Sage”


Of course, thanks to the Tacoma community for coming out and showing love for all the positive things happening in our fantastic little city.


Taylor Woodruff from Grit City Grindhouse (Spaceworks Alumni) showing ‘em how it’s done on the ramps!


Huge thanks to Alchemy Indoor for providing skateboard lessons to all the kids, they had a blast!


Alchemy Indoor is a participant of Spaceworks Tacoma. This project is a great way to get kids active, and promote a positive skateboarding culture in Tacoma.


Willie Combs (with the big thumbs up) from the TShirt Men worked hard with his brother David Combs to get their space ready to be open for business. Congratulations!


Outside the new business SPUN Clay Art’s Studio & Gallery passersby got to witness the delightful/impromptu entertainment provided by The Little O’ and his Lonely One-Man-Folk-Punk Band

Finally, not pictured here but equally important to the success of the evening, Spaceworks would like to thank:

-Lumpia World, for bringing one of the best food truck in town
-artist Holly Senn, for displaying her marvelous hanging wall sculptures
-And last but not least…
Ace’s Truck & Auto Repair, for the pallets

“Through our eyes” StoryLab Student Showcase

1 Aug

Through our eyes” StoryLab Student Showcase
Saturday & Sunday, August 2-3, 2014 – 1-5pmstory lab
Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce “Through our eyes,” a StoryLab Student Showcase in the Pop-up Gallery off the main lobby at the Tacoma Post Office Building located at 1102 A Street, Tacoma. This is a two day only event on August 2-3, 2014 from 1-5pm. The pop-up gallery is being organized in conjunction with Tacoma Public Library and Picture Tacoma (

The exhibition “Through our eyes” is a selection of photographs from two intensive week-long teen photography workshops at Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab, curated by workshop instructor Jesse Michener. The student photographers will receive feedback from peers, family and friends, and have the opportunity to discuss their work. The featured students, under Ms. Michener’s direction, will be responsible for all aspects of the exhibition – hanging, staffing, refreshments, and social media outreach.

Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab provides space and free classes for teen interested in filmmaking, digital photography and image processing, web design, voice over, music and audio production, animation. The Library’s Community Relations Manager David Domkoski was instrumental in launching the StoryLab project as well as coordinating this Spaceworks pop-up exhibition.

Workshop instructor Jesse Michener is a freelance photographer, writer and educator in Tacoma. She has taught high school drama (Spanaway Lake High School and Franklin High in Seattle) and digital photography at both SOTA and SAMI as an adjunct teaching artist. She regularly teaches day-long digital photography classes for the library as well. She is the co-producer of the Write workshops at Doe Bay on Orcas Island, a semi-annual writing retreat for 25 writers and a few NYT best-selling authors. And she currently has an exhibition running at Fulcrum Gallery, called Tacoma(253).

The Tacoma Post Office Building is a historic building located in Downtown Tacoma. In recent years the building has been renovated and now houses the Tacoma School of the Arts, USPS, Post Hall event space, and numerous artist & creative studios. Spaceworks Tacoma would like to thank property owner A Street Associates and property manager Power Property Consultants for their generosity and partnership, which makes the pop-up gallery off the lobby possible.

Quadruple Grand Opening Party!

31 Jul

Please join us! Spaceworks is hosting a party this Friday night in celebration of four new businesses opening in the Hilltop neighborhood, at the corner of South 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way (next to Hilltop Kitchen). There will be music, refreshments and fun!


All four businesses will hold open houses so you can check them out and Spaceworks will be set up in the back yard with music, beer & soda, a skate ramp, the Lumpia World Food Truck, and games like giant Jenga and bean bag toss.

Join other creative folks from our community to mix & network. If you’d like to learn more about Spaceworks…this is the perfect opportunity to see what we are all about!

Here are the important details:


Top left: The T-Shirt Men (owners Willie & David Combs, 919 MLK). Top right: Concrete Market (owner Duncan Susag, 917 MLK). Bottom left: SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery (owners April Sanders & Jennifer English 923A MLK). Bottom right: Monopoly Entertainment (owner Kerry Williams, 923B MLK).

Special thanks to property owner: Fremont Property Group LLC

Check out this great video by filmmaker Kris Crews about the four businesses and this Spaceworks project.









Spaceworks Enterprises at Stadium Fare

25 Jul

Items from PolyRev Summer 2014 release


Nimbus cloud coffee table

Stadium Fare – Tacoma’s specialty food and fine arts market, takes place the last two Saturdays of each month from July-September. This event is located in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church, across from Wright Park, on the corner of South 2nd and South G. Street. Tomorrow in the Spaceworks spirit of community and creativity, two of our creative enterprises will occupy a booth together. Alexander Schelhammer owner/operator of one of the city’s favorite clothing brands, Polyrev, will have new product from the Summer 2014 release along with some of the brand staples. Jeff Libby craftsmen of the renowned brand birdloft furniture will have select pieces of gorgeous hand crafted furniture at the booth as well. Come down and enjoy a fun filled day for all ages with food, crafts, art and music. Visit our booth and the multitude of other vendors at Stadium Fare tomorrow July 26th from 10-3. There is something there for everyone.

The Mayor to Visit The Nearsighted Narwahl!

24 Jul
Proud owners on the morning of their soft opening June 3rd

Proud owners on the morning of their soft opening June 3rd

Oh my oh my! Mayor Marilyn Strickland is ribbon cutting at four new businesses on 6th Ave on Saturday and one of them is Spaceworks Alumni The Nearsighted Narwahl! Click here to join the event on Saturday at 11am – 2610A 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406 – be there!

Great job you two! Amazing what you have accomplished in the past 4 months! Follow their journey thru their facebook posts…it’s a great story!


April 16 facebook post


sign installation on May 29

Sign provided by Spaceworks Tacoma and Spaceworks participant Travis Selin aka Crimson Wraps & Graphics



Rockwell Powers’ New Video

23 Jul


Tacoma is such a great city! Why do I say that? For many reasons, including the super cool creative individuals who bring us things like this Alive video! Performed by Rockwell Powers x DJ Phinisey, film by Peter Berkley of The Art Dept., starring some of Rockwell Powers’ favorite kids and places in Tacoma, including Spaceworks Alumni sites: Grit City Grindhouse and FABITAT.


note from Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy


Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening

22 Jul


Spaceworks Announces Quadruple Grand Opening in Hilltop
Friday August 1, 2014
5-9 pm
917-923 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to join us for the GRAND OPENING of four new businesses at the corner of S 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Full event details, or to RSVP:

Spaceworks recently partnered with property owner Paul Okner of Fremont Property Group LLC to activate this previously vacant building. Spaceworks signed the lease with Mr. Okner in January then identified four of its creative enterprises to fill the 5,000 square feet of commercial property. For the past few months, Spaceworks and the business owners have been preparing the space for business. Now all four businesses have completed their renovations and improvements, and are ready to open their doors and celebrate.

The grand opening celebration of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men Company, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery, and DubCity Studios will be 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, August 1 at the corner of S 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Each business will host an open house and offer a variety of fun experiences for customers. Details about each business follows. Continue reading

CALL FOR ARTS ACTIVITIES – 13th Annual Tacoma Arts Month, October 2014

18 Jul

artmonth logo

Will you be hosting an arts event in October?

Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity?

Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2014 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our thirteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. They are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film. Continue reading

Tinkertopia Turns One!

17 Jul

Spaceworks is so proud of its Alum Darcy & R.R. Anderson, owners of Tinkertopia. They signed their lease with Spaceworks in June 2013 and 6 months later signed a lease with the University of Washington to continue leasing their space at 1914 Pacific Avenue. Check out this great video about their business and Spaceworks experience:

Tonight from 5-7pm they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary and everyone is invited to come in to the free tinkerspace and tinker to help decorate the birthday cake window sculpture. Link to Facebook event



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