Occupy Parking Spots at PARK(ing) Day 2017

18 Aug

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Create your own pop-up park in downtown Tacoma!

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Downtown: On the Go!  is calling all businesses, organizations, and persons interested in lively public space! Friday, September 15 is Park(ing) Day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks.

Want a piece of the action?  Create your own park(ing) space downtown on Pacific Avenue between 7th and 17th street to be a part of the larger event!  Participants are asked to “park” between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be food trucks, a walk event, a passport to encourage people to visit the parks, a traffic garden in Tollefson Plaza and a “People’s Choice Award” for their favorite park.

SOTA chalk PARK(ing) Day 2016

If you would like to host your own park(ing) space, please let us know by August 24 so we can get a permit for your space and include it in event promotion and activities. Register online at www.downtownonthego.com/parking-day/2017-registration.

Have questions? Contact Meagan at meagank@downtownonthego.org | 253-682-1734

 For more info about Tacoma Park(ing) Day visit www.downtownonthego.com/engage/parking-day



Sound Outreach put up a small campground

RFQ, Spaceworks Tacoma Seeks Fundraising Contractor

18 Aug

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Spaceworks Tacoma seeks experienced fundraising professional who best represents the mission and vision of Spaceworks. The selected candidate will be asked to work in close collaboration with, and in support of, Spaceworks staff, steering committee and fundraising plan.

Spaceworks seeks this contractor for 1,000 hours over a 12-month period with a budget of $42,000. The contractor will be expected to start no later than October 1, 2017.

Submission Deadline

August 28, 2017




All responses to this RFQ are due to Heather Joy, Spaceworks Tacoma Manager, at heatherj@tacomachamber.org no later than 8am PST
August 28, 2017.

The contract will be awarded by mid-September, 2017. Spaceworks
seeks an immediate start for the contractor with a 12-month contract to include
approximately 1,000 hours of work.

Download Fundraising Contractor RFQ

Exhibition Closing Reception for “Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed”

9 Aug

Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed

Third Thursday in August will mark the last day of exhibition for “Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed” at the Spaceworks Gallery. The gallery will host a reception with live performances by poets, activists, and musicians listed below:

Closing Reception Program

August 17, 2017 6-9pm

Tello Hernandez and the Invisibles

Tello Hernandez

Tello and the Invisibles

The new song or La Nueva Cancion, of Latin America is a musical movement that has its roots in folk music and expresses the concerns, hopes and struggles of the people. It is music with a social message. Not necessarily protest music, but music that speaks of love, hope, justice and equality.  La Nueva Cancion is the voice of human rights. It is music by the people for the people.

Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru Mora Villalpando

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Ethnic Fest 2017: How Do You Connect with Creative Community in Tacoma?

4 Aug

On the last weekend of July 2017, Spaceworks participated at Ethnic Fest, a festival of performances, food and culture that has been around for more than 30 years. Hundreds of Tacoma community members and out-of-towners gathered at Wright Park July 29 & 30 to watch dancing and music performances and engage with one another.


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“Artists are the engineers of the 21st century,” said Syed Jamal, festival attendant and founder of Branta.

Spaceworks set up a booth to engage our community and find out how do people engage with creativity in Tacoma. After talking to over 230 people the responses we got were as varied as the species of plants in the park’s conservatory. Continue reading

South Sound Together Awards $10,000 Grant to Spaceworks to Fund Small Business Microgrants

1 Aug
Mihael Blikshteyn - fish tank spaceworks business pitch

Photographer Mihael Blikshteyn presents his business plan for review at Spaceworks’ small business pitch event in November 2016 upon completing Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise training program. In 2017, Mihael Blikshteyn Photography was one of 13 businesses accepted to Spaceworks’ accelerator program. (photo Kris Crews)

Spaceworks expands its support for creative entrepreneurs in Tacoma by offering expert coaching and small business microgrants through its Creative Enterprise business accelerator program thanks to a $10,000 grant from South Sound Together*.

Spaceworks’ pilot accelerator program was developed in 2016 for its Creative Enterprise alumni businesses who are poised for growth. In 2017 the program continues with the second cohort selected from past participants. Thirteen applications were accepted to the accelerator program which provides strategic planning, one-on-one coaching, financial coaching, content-specific workshops, peer mentorship, and a $500 microgrant per Creative Enterprise. Continue reading

Salmon Banners, Gabe Babcock’s Prints Help Improve Water

28 Jul


Gabe Babcock’s Salmon Banners presented a striking installation in the Woolworth Windows during April-July 2017 round of Artscapes installations. The prints are referencing Northwest Coast style of art, using bold black areas filled in with a split fountain technique. This effect blends two colors, in this case a gradient from a rich red to other colors, including a darker maroon, warmer brown or yellow, each creating a unique print of a fish.

Babcock’s goal is to “provide an image for people to connect over.” His initiative is a “way of tying art, culture and conservation efforts together.”


The artist hangs the salmon banners as if they were actual salmon being hung to dry. The subtle differences in the color contrast the repetitive pattern of the hanging images. Each salmon becomes an individual in a collection, mimicking the diversity that takes place within populations of species in their natural environments.

Babcock’s inspiration for this concept was an indigenous tale from the northwest. According to the story, a Native American family goes to gather salmon from the river, but their children were disrespectful to their family and the environment. To punish the children and teach them the importance of these resources the parents threw them into the river. The salmon saved the children from drowning. With the children safely on the shore the salmon promised to return every year providing endless supply of nutritious salmon as long as the people were respectful to nature. That is why the salmon is shown carrying a child in the prints. This image was used by the indigenous people and placed next to salmon traps to thank the salmon’s return.


The significance and impact of this work, now more than ever, is amplified. We live in a time where habitat destruction, lenient environmental policy and destruction and depletion of our natural resources are becoming increasingly common.

Babcock explains “They [salmon] are a huge part of the Native American culture, a keystone species as well as an indicator species. If a river has a strong run of Wild Salmon it is a sign of a healthy aquatic ecosystem.” Babcock’s artscape is especially relevant today because if we continue mistreating the environment, it will no longer provide us with food.

The banners are also part of a larger environmental protection initiative. Through sales of prints, The Salmon Banner Project donates 100% of profits to non-profit organizations promoting sustainable watersheds. Purchase one of these unique prints and learn more through Gabe Babcock’s website gabebabcock.com

All photos by Kris Crews

July 20 Art Walk Includes “The New Avant-Garde” at 1120 Creative House and Opening Reception for “Immigration”

19 Jul

July 20, 2017 marks another monthly opportunity for Tacoma to enjoy a wide range of artistic experiences, newest gallery exhibitions, and museum visits with free admission, all under beaming sunshine.

Along with a couple of intriguing events, this month’s third Thursday is also your last chance to visit current round of Spaceworks Artscapes murals and installations. So come out to enjoy an artful evening on July 20th.

New Exhibition Opening Reception

Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed

Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed

“Dream Act” by Raoul Deal, woodcut print

Join the artists and curators for the opening reception of the newest art show at the Spaceworks GalleryImmigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed is a multimedia exhibition about immigration and detention. (read more about the exhibition: spaceworkstacoma.com/current-exhibit/)

Thursday, July 20th, 6-9 PM
Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. Suite 205 (Entrance on 11th St.),
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Free and open to the public

Respond on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1616503958361185

Listen to music, poetry, and stories, as well as immigrant rights leaders speaking about the essential contributions of immigrant workers and the oppressive conditions in the Tacoma’s North West Detention Center.


Curated by art critic Susan N. Platt and mural artist David Long, the exhibit addresses the urgent issue of immigration from multiple perspectives by presenting intense work by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, current detainees, DACAs (Delayed Action for Childhood arrivals), college students, grass roots activists, self- taught artists and professional artists.


The New Avant-Garde

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A Kiosk That Puts Tacoma’s Idiosyncracies on Display

16 Jul

Ryan Feddersen Artscape 2017, What Happened?

by Lisa Kinoshita

Artist RYAN! Feddersen has created a unique community billboard on the HAPPENINGS kiosk at the corner of 13th & Market in downtown Tacoma. Instead of ads for theater performances or condos for rent, this public artwork broadcasts the thoughts, dreams and private obsessions of Tacomans who just happened to notice the artist’s invitation to participate in its creation, earlier this year. The work had urged viewers to interact by using the QR Code Reader, or mobile browser, to visit Feddersen’s website and answer this prompt:

“Please share a hope, aspiration, prediction or other words (500 character limit) that you would like to contribute as inspiration for a public artwork that will be installed on this kiosk. It  can be based on something real, or something fictitious. To submit an image (3MB limit), please use the file upload…” 

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GTCF Honors 10 Pierce County Artists with 10th Foundation Of Art Award

14 Jul

Tacoma, WA – Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor ten Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the Award’s inception. This year’s awardees span a wide range of artistic mediums, from painting and sculpture, to fabric and letterpress.

The following artists will showcase their work at a dedicated Spaceworks Gallery show and receive $1,000 each: Mindy BarkerHeather CorneliusTodd JannauschJanet Marcavage, Gillian Nordlund, Nicholas NylandChandler O’Leary, Saiyare Refaei, Kenji Stoll, and Chandler Woodfin. The awardees’ art will be on display at Spaceworks Gallery from September 4 to October 19, 2017. Continue reading

National Basketry Conference and Exhibition Opens in Tacoma July 20

13 Jul

by Lisa Kinoshita

Mosaic-2-1120x256.pngPut it on your bucket list – All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century is a blockbuster exhibition presented by the National Basketry Organization (NBO), opening July 20 at the American Art Company in Tacoma.  This biennial exhibition, the ninth in a series, represents the full spectrum of contemporary basketry currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States.  Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, and craftsmanship, the 70 artworks in the exhibition were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 – 1986.

This exhibition poses the question: What, exactly, is a basket? Continue reading

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