Apply to Creative Enterprises

Spaceworks is not currently accepting Creative Enterprise applications. Applications will be accepted in Fall 2014. Please review the guidelines and checklist below to prepare your materials for the next round.


Spaceworks seeks individuals or groups who:

  • have an idea for a creative business (for-profit or non-profit) that benefits Tacoma’s community but do not currently have the resources to rent a space and develop a full-fledged business
  • are able to hold set business hours and special events or open houses
  • can create an enticing visual display for passersby
  • OR, if you have an idea that does not fit the scope of any of the Spaceworks tracks, but you feel could benefit Tacoma’s community – use this application

Creative Enterprise Description:
Creative Enterprises are innovative small businesses or creative projects that open their doors to the public. Galleries, museums, art performances, boutiques, and retail shops are all great examples of Creative Enterprises. Artists, designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups and other fledgling entrepreneurs are given the chance to test new products and services in a low-cost temporary space for up to six months, dependent on space availability and project success. But it’s not just about space, this track provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to the 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 attend Spaceworks’ 21-hour business training program ($50 tuition fee), hold a set of regular weekly hours open to the public, pay monthly utility fees, and hold appropriate City of Tacoma and State of Washington licenses and permits, as well as a general liability insurance policy.

Examples of possible Creative Enterprise uses:

  • Businesses that exhibit a creative/innovative idea
  • Experiential arts installations that the public interacts with
  • Retail space for hand-made items (i.e. jewelry, fashion, art, etc.)
  • Services (i.e. art or dance classes, design advice, etc.)
  • Merchandising a creative product
  • Art Galleries/Museums
  • Creative home-based businesses testing their product in a retail environment


  • Individual artists, community groups, non-profit organizations or creative businesses may apply.

Selected participants in the Spaceworks Creative Enterprise program must agree to the following:

  • Enter into an agreement with Spaceworks Tacoma regarding the terms of use
  • Have/obtain the appropriate City of Tacoma and State of Washington business licenses and permits.
  • Be willing to relocate or give up the space if the property owner finds a permanent tenant within the negotiated timeframe
  • Participate in Spaceworks’ business training program
  • Present destination quality artwork and/or service activity
  • Create an enticing visual display for passersby
  • Hold set business hours and participate in occasional Spaceworks events
  • Partner with Spaceworks to market and promote events and activities
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local laws
  • Have/obtain a General Liability insurance policy.
  • Pay for utilities for your space.
  • Leave the space in the same or better condition when you move out

About the Spaces and Timeline
Spaceworks Tacoma works to identify spaces in Tacoma as locations for the proposed projects. Spaces will vary in size and amenities; selected individuals/groups will be paired with an appropriate space for their proposal. Spaceworks reserves the right to pair selected individuals/groups with spaces at its discretion. Keep in mind that the available spaces can be rather raw and windows can be expected to have active “For Lease” signs, which cannot be moved. Participants will be required to provide all furniture and, in some cases, fixtures.

Acceptance into the Spaceworks program is not a guarantee that you will be placed in a space. We can only place as many projects as we have available spaces, and it can be difficult to place all of the projects we would like.

Selection Criteria
All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria. The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings.

  • Quality of work as exhibited in the work sample
  • Feasibility and ability to execute proposal
  • Ability of the project to engage the community including passers-by
  • Ingenuity and strength of concept/proposal
  • Benefit to the community and appropriateness for the public realm

Selection Process
Applications to the Spaceworks program are reviewed by a panel of artists, arts professionals, Spaceworks Steering Committee members, representatives of neighborhood groups, and/or commercial property owners.



  • 6 digital images that demonstrate the applicant’s past work and/or products and/or services you would provide/produce in a space.
    File Format: Submit only “High” quality JPEG files (do not use GIF, TIFF, or other formats.) Do not embed the images into PowerPoint or submit moving image or audio files.
    Image Size: Images must be 72 ppi resolution and 1000 pixels max on the largest side.
    File Size: Files must be less than 2 MB each
    File Labeling: Files must be titled with the applicant’s name followed by a number indicating the viewing order. Use a “0” in front of single digit numbers and use only letters, numbers, and underscores. For example: Smith_01.jpg; Smith_02.jpg. If using Mac OS 8 or later, be sure to include a “.jpg” extension at the end of each image title.
    File Upload: In the application, please upload your images in the order to be viewed.
  • AND/OR up to three Online Videos of the applicant’s past public interactions
    o Please provide the exact web address(es) where the online videos can be viewed. The panel will view a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 3 minutes of each video.

Provide the following information on the online application form for each image:

  •  Title of each work represented in the image or activity depicted
  • Media & dimensions (H x W x D”), if applicable, or description of activity
  • If work is presented as part of a collaboration, explain your role in the larger project

RESUME (three pages or less)

  • If submitting as a team/group, a current resume should be submitted for the contact person and all relevant team/group members
  • Save as pdf. File should be 1 MB or less.
  • Name your resume file with your last name like this: “Smith_ Resume.pdf”

BUDGET (one page or less)
Please outline a preliminary budget, including income and expenses. Essentially, let us know what resources you need to pull off this project and where you expect revenue to come from.

  • Save as pdf. File should be 1 MB or less.
  • Name your resume file with your last name like this: “Smith_ Budget.pdf”

We are looking for a clear idea of your project and your ability to successfully implement it. Be as concise as possible. The review panel will not read more than the designated word count for each question. You may answer in narrative, bulleted or other form.

  1. Project Title: What is the name, or title, of your proposed project?
  2. Project Description: Explain your Project / Enterprise. (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  3. History: Tell us about your background or the background of your group or organization. Please describe, in detail, a successful project that you or your group has completed. (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  4. Organizational Impact: Why are you/your group in a good place to take advantage of a Creative Enterprise opportunity? (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  5. Timeline: Please describe a general timeline for your project from planning to implementation. What are the steps that you’ll need to take in order to realize your vision and when will they occur? (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  6. Goals: What are your goals 3 months after moving into a space? What are your goals 6 months after moving into a space? How will you achieve those goals? (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  7. Space: Describe your ideal space requirements. How many square feet would be ideal? What would a space allow you to do that you can’t already do? In other words, why do you need a space, and how will it help further your artistic or professional life?  If you would be willing to share a space with the right group, please let us know here as well. (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  8. Space: How would you use a space? Feel free to include a calendar showing a typical week or month’s worth of programming or activity (don’t forget to include open hours, special events, open houses, 3rd Thursdays, regular hours of administrative or studio time). This is just so we can get an idea of how active the space will be, and how you’ll actually be using it. (200 words or less, a sample calendar can be submitted as a separate attachment)
  9. Space: Ideally, are you looking for a space to house your project long-term? If so, how much rent do you think your project could realistically afford after 6 months (a range is fine)? If you are not looking for a permanent space, how will a space help your project stabilize or grow? (200 words or less/1200 characters or less)
  10. Community Benefit: How would your project benefit the Tacoma community? What would the public see and experience? If you have specific ideas about outreach, marketing, special events, etc. related to your project, include those here. (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  11. Collaboration: Will you collaborate with other artists, businesses, or community groups during your Creative Enterprise?  If so, please name these groups, and explain the collaboration. (200 words/1200 characters or less)
  12. Other Resources: Besides space, what resources or help will you need to make your project a success? For example: Business planning, Budgeting/Accounting, Licensing/Permitting, Insurance, Fundraising, Marketing, Space design/layout assistance, Networking, Other?
  13. Other Support: Are you currently receiving support from either of Spaceworks’ partners (The City of Tacoma or the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce)? If so, please describe your relationship or what support you are receiving (grants, technical assistance, membership, etc.)

Please submit any supplemental materials that can help describe your project, including your business plan, marketing materials, press release, etc. Submit pdf documents (3 MB max.)

Please prepare all your materials prior to starting the online application because you can not save your application.

Questions? Contact Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy at 253.682.1722 or


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