How would you change the face of Tacoma? Apply to Spaceworks and be a part of the conversation. 

Spaceworks Tacoma will be accepting applications for all three tracks (Artscapes, Special Project Residency, and Creative Enterprise) in Fall 2014.  

Members of the Personal Power Company, recipients of a Spaceworks Tacoma artists residency.

Spaceworks Tacoma is a creative, maybe even utopian, response to economic hard times. The goal of Spaceworks is to transform empty storefronts and vacant space into dynamic points of interest through artistic energy and enterprise, making Tacoma a stronger, more active city.

Spaceworks is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space available to artists, fledgling creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups who transform vacant spaces. There are three tracks available for participation:

1) Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, site-specific, or new media art installations in interior window storefronts as well as outdoor spaces. The program offers an artist stipend of up to $500 to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. The Woolworth Windows are part of the Artscapes track. Click here to review guidelines and the application checklist.

2)  Special Project Residency offers dedicated practicing artists, community groups and organizations the chance to pursue projects and develop work in any discipline for up to six months. Space is provided dependent on space availability and project needs. Residencies are not open to the public, except for special events and/or open houses determined by Spaceworks and/or the participant. Click here to review guidelines and the application checklist.

3) Creative Enterprise provides artists, designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups and other fledgling entrepreneurs the chance to test new products and services in a no- or low-cost temporary space for up to six months. But it’s not just about space, this track provides relevant and meaningful professional development and peer-to-peer support for participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community. All Creative Enterprises are expected to hold a set of regular weekly hours open to the public, including participation in occasional Spaceworks events. Click here to review guidelines and the application checklist.


9 Responses to “Apply”

  1. Ann Stockdale December 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    for some reason I cannot open application when I click on the link…. Love to be involved. Thanks, annie

  2. spaceworkstacoma December 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Ann,

    Did you try clicking the links here:


  3. Catherine Clark December 28, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Somewhat established artist relocating to Western, WA…was in Northern Idaho many years. Trying to re-invent art career. On limited regular income/not able to afford many fees and costs to submit. Thanks, Ms Catherine Clark

  4. spaceworkstacoma January 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Ms. Clark,

    We would encourage you to fill out the Spaceworks application for the next round of public art works in Tacoma. You’ll find the application here:

    Thank you,
    Spaceworks Tacoma

  5. Susan Massey March 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Spaceworks!

    I’d like to apply for a space, but need information on the application process…can you assist me please?


    Susan Massey

  6. spaceworkstacoma March 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Hi Susan,

    Applications for Spaceworks Tacoma are not being accepted at this time. We anticipate opening up the application process again in the spring. Please check back for updated information in the next few months here –

    We’ll have more information at that time about the application process. Stay tuned!


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