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Your Business Can Make a Difference Through Social Enterprise Partnership With the City of Tacoma

21 Mar
City of Tacoma issued a request for interest to partner with small business in South Tacoma Way

The City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services Department is seeking a private partner to train and employ youth between the ages of 16-24 years old.

RFI Deadline Extended to March 31 for Submitting Request for Interest

The City of Tacoma has extended its request for interest (RFI) proposal deadline to March 31, 2017 for businesses interested in making a difference while turning a profit in an approximately 1,500 square foot commercial space at 5401 S. Tacoma Way. Continue reading

Tacoma March Art Walk: Spaceworks Highlights

15 Mar

Third Thursday on March 16, 2017 gives you a lot to think about. All the events listed below are free, open for your participation, and within three blocks of each other! Mark your calendar and plot a walking route to add these stops to personalize your Tacoma art walk.

Opening Reception at the Spaceworks Gallery (Curator Silong Chhun)


Exhibition Runs: March 9th to April 20th

Explore the dramatic impact of war, genocide, resettlement, and deportation of Cambodian Americans today while experiencing their cultural contributions. This exhibition features artwork by contemporary artists as well as photos and text from Khmer American: Naga Sheds Its Skin, an exhibition created by the Khmer American community and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. For exhibition background read the Spaceworks Blog.

Join the opening reception, March 16th, 2017, 5-9pm. This event is free and open to the public and will offer food & beverages. Invite your friends on the Facebook Event Page.Spaceworks Gallery Logo


Jason Sobottka – 1120 Creative House Featured Artist

Jason Sobbotka - A Lesson About Murderous Mary, acrylic, oil and glitter on panel, 11

Teaching About Marryweb painting by Jason Sobbotka

Jason is the newest tenant at 1120 Creative House. He is a professional artist and arts educator. He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s first tenured visual art instructor. He exhibits his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures around the nation. Jason was awarded the Winter 2012 Faculty Excellence Award and was nominated for 2016 Foundation of Art Award presented by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

His past experience includes working for Tacoma Art Museum’s Education Department, where he designed and built the museum’s hands-on art making gallery, the Open Art Studio.

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Artist Mentorship Night at 1120 Creative House

Tacoma artists and art patrons mingle at 1120 Creative house. Third Thursday Artwalk, November 2015.Artist Trust invites you to join this informal mentorship and networking event that gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world. Featuring artists and arts leaders: Masahiro Sugano, Filmmaker and director: Amy McBride, Arts Administrator for City of Tacoma: Heather Joy, Manager of Spaceworks Tacoma: Aaron Spiro, musician and co-founder of Alma Mater Tacoma: Patsy Surh O’Connell, artist and Founder/President of Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

March 16, 2017, FREE
5:00 – 7:30 PM

1120 Creative House
1120 Pacific Ave, 2nd Floor
Tacoma, WA 98402

*This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to attend. Click Here for RSVP at

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Nearby: Kristina Ward – Evocative Portraits at Liftbridge Coffee

Portrait of Amy Vaughn by Kristina WardLiftbridge Coffee bar invites you to the artist reception for Kristina Ward, 6-9pm with live music by Colin Reynolds starting at 8pm.

Find great coffee, music, and art at Courthouse Square: 1102 A St , Tacoma, WA 98402

Artist statement:

For me making art is a type of meditation, and for this series I intentionally cast my focus on the wisdom of animals and a few amazing women. Each animal by its very nature has a sort of medicine to offer, something to be learned from their approach to and way of moving through life.

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Last Chance to View Current Round of Artscapes

Walk by the Woolworth windows, Tollbooth Gallery, and Court House Square during March art walk to view the current round of Artscapes installations. This is your last chance to see installations by Erika Norris, Amanda Triplett, Matthew Dockrey, Blake Carter, Eric Olson, and Allison Hyde (all pictured below). Spaceworks’ Artscapes program places 2D, 3D, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma.

Click here for details on all current Artscapes

2016 Was a Colorful Year for Tacoma, Report by Tacoma Arts Commission Shows

14 Mar

Arts and culture are essential to Tacoma’s renaissance and continued growth. The City of Tacoma nurtures its creative ecosystem providing many opportunities for residents and visitors to access and participate in the arts. In addition to supporting artists and arts organizations through funding, public art, programming, and policy, the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality […]

via 2016 by the numbers — Tacoma Arts

You can read more about the 2016 accomplishments of the Tacoma Arts Commission here.

Scars & Stripes – Red Scarf Revolution Presents New Exhibit at the Spaceworks Gallery

9 Mar


Red Scarf Revolution presents

Scars & Stripes

A Cambodian American Experience

Join the opening reception, March 16th, 2017, 5-9pm. This event is free and open to the public and will offer food & beverages. Invite your friends on the Facebook Event Page.

Exhibition Runs: March 9th* to April 20th

Explore the dramatic impact of war, genocide, resettlement, and deportation of Cambodian Americans today while experiencing their cultural contributions. This exhibition features work by contemporary artists as well as photos and text from Khmer American: Naga Sheds Its Skin, an exhibition created by the Khmer American community and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Continue reading

VIBE’s Business Plan Competition Raises Stakes

8 Mar


Do you have a solution to a real need in Tacoma? Do you have a product that can take off with some advice, resources, and investment? This new competition in Tacoma may help your dream startup thrive by offering in-kind services from local businesses as well as a $25,000 cash prize for your venture for a total value of $50,000.

Submission Deadline: March 31st.

Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) launched the Business Plan Competition  to motivate talented Tacoma and Pierce County residents to shift their plans into gear. Continue reading

Lease a Studio Downtown at 1120 Creative House

1 Mar

lease studio downtown Tacoma at 1120 Creative House

Central location, natural light & collaborative spirit

1120studio2Artists or artist groups, creative small businesses or non-profits can benefit from renting space in the heart of Tacoma downtown. Spaceworks has two studios available at the 1120 Creative House, located at 1120 Pacific Ave.

For two years, the 1120 Creative House, a project of Spaceworks Tacoma, has provided long-term affordable studio/office space to artists and creatives so they can work, share and collaborate with others in the community. Continue reading

RFP: Spaceworks Tacoma’s Brand Development, Communications and Community Engagement Project, Due 3/15/17

22 Feb


rfp_thumbnailResponse deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Response/questions submissions: Heather Joy at
RFP awarded on Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Spaceworks Tacoma requests proposals from various creative design firms to select the most qualified candidate who best represents the mission and vision of Spaceworks. The selected creative company will address three areas of focus: Communications & Community Engagement Strategy, Brand Development, and Website Update.

A Growing Opportunity:

  1. Be a part of defining the personality of a rapidly growing and thriving program with strong support from organizations like the City of Tacoma, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and South Sound Together.
  2. Potential to extend the partnership as an ongoing, long-term contributor to the Spaceworks communication program.
  3. Help Spaceworks grow Tacoma’s creative economy and reinforce Tacoma’s identity as a “maker city”

    Tacoma print maker Yoshiko Yamamoto improved her small business practices with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Tier III program. The Arts & Crafts Press produces whimsical notecards and fine art prints combining Japanese woodblock style with Western letterpress techniques.

    Yoshiko Yamamoto in the gift shop at her business, The Arts & Crafts Press (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)


Native Art Mart & Closing Reception

14 Feb


February 16, 2017, 5-9pm
Third Thursday art walk at the Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave (entrance on 11th Street), Tacoma, WA
Event on Facebook

Native Art Mart Vendors & Closing Reception curated by Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma). Exhibition curated by Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)


Participating Vendors:
Meka Clothing
Plain to Sea
Transcendence Design
Qu’Wutsun Made
Araquin Designs
John Romero Fine Arts
Alano Edzerza

Performance by:
Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth

Protect the Sacred gives voice to the diverse Urban Indian community of this region. As Native artists, we reject externally constructed expectations for people of color, who are often confined by the recognition of their ethnicity in the mainstream art world. This exhibition empowers Indigenous artists to represent themselves, whether in traditional or contemporary contexts. Through our work, we hope to showcase the complexity of our cultures and identities, and broaden perceptions of Native American art.

Artists Exhibited in the Gallery Showcase:
Natasha Alphonse
Christine M Babic
Natalie M Ball
Peter Boome
Bradley Castillo
Anthony Duenas
Alano Edzerza
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith
Ryan Feddersen
Yatika Fields
Lisa Fruichantie
Erin Genia
Samuel Genia
Raven Julia Juarez
Linley B. Logan
Geri Montano
Nahaan FastsFrom English
Marvin Oliver
Shaun Peterson
Cheyenne Randall Art
Sara Siestreem
Fox Anthony Spears
Lisa Telford
Haley Waddington
Matika Wilbur
Melissa Woodrow
and more!



Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. (entrance on 11th Street)
Tacoma, WA


What Happened? New Artscapes Mural

10 Feb

A call to participate…


A new public artwork has popped up on one of the last remaining HAPPENINGS kiosks at the corner of 13th and Market in downtown Tacoma. The work invites you to visit where you will find the following prompt: Continue reading

5 Creative Ideas For a Romantic Date in Tacoma

9 Feb
Tim + April Norris, Tacoma Heart Map

Tacoma Heart Map by Tim + April (Available in their Etsy Shop)

We know that Tacoma is full of talent and quirky places where you can have fun with friends. However, there are also many sweet spots where you can get creative with a special someone.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 businesses in Tacoma that can offer a new way of connecting with each other. These Spaceworks participants all have a creative spin on activities from card making, to pottery, to the classic gift of chocolate candy.

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