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Theater District Art Walk September 2017 – Part 2

20 Sep

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Every Third Thursday the Tacoma community gets to enjoy a variety of artistic events. The Tacoma Art Museum offers free admission, various galleries host opening nights for new exhibits, and more.

view Theater District Art Walk September 2017 – Part 1

For this September’s Art Walk, the area saturated with historic theaters and performance spaces will come alive not only with visual art, but also with music, dancing and other activity. As your Third Thursday plans are shaping up, consider joining several of these indoor and outdoor events to see how public spaces can be highly utilized and programmed with fun experiences.

All activities are 5-9pm unless otherwise noted. Grab a Theater District Art Walk map at Spaceworks Gallery or many of these locations.

eTc (907 Pacific)

5 – 9pm | Lordes Art Show

Come view paintings exhibition by Lordes on display for one night only at this downtown, streetwear boutique.

eTc Website | Follow: Lordes on IG

lordes en fleur

Court House Square (Lobby of 1102 A St)

7:30 – 9:30pm | Creative Colloquy

Colloquy will be hosting featured authors reading at 7:30 pm with a hosted Open Mic event at 8:30

New | Artscape on exhibit by Artist & Craftsman Supply staff

beach2a  | in Tacoma

Old City Hall (625 Commerce)

Commissioned by Spaceworks Artscapes, this new mural by Gustavo Martinez, inspired by the story of Babel, will brighten up the empty wall space next to the Old City Hall.

625 Commerce St - Gustavo Martinez

Fountain Ramp (10th & Commerce)

5 – 7pm | Dance Performance by Iconic Arts Complex – The League

Watch the walkway/ramp surrounded by water fountains be activated by youth dancers.


Skybridge Mural – Kristen Ramirez

Come view the brand new mural painted by Kristen Ramirez, public artist based out of Seattle. This project was produced in partnership between Spaceworks Tacoma and The Downtown BIA.

Skybridge Commerce St.

The Art Stop at LeRoy Jewelers (940 Broadway)

5:00 – 9:00 pm | Baskets Revisited: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at The Art Stop

View photos of the exhibit on FB

Dazed and Reused Studio (740 Broadway)

6:30 – 8:30 pm | Wine and Mandala Stones Art Walk Workshop

Unleash Yourself, Get INSPIRED and Paint while enjoying a glass of wine! Come join Dazed and Reused artist Nancy Franklin as she teaches the Art of Mandala painting. This workshop is $25 per person, pay at the door. Includes a complimentary glass of wine and all supplies. You are welcome to BYOB if you so desire.

More information on Facebook Event Page

Tully’s Coffee (764 Broadway)

5 – 8 pm | Art by Samitha Hendrickson

Artist & Craftsman Supply (616 St Helens Ave)

5 – 7 pm | Art by Ron Snowden

Paintings by Ron Snowden will be on display. You can also stop by any day through the end of September to view the exhibit.

Afterparty – 1120 Creative House

9pm – Midnight| Theater District Art Walk Afterparty

Artwork on display by Curtis Ashby, Jason Sobottka, Kris Crews, Bradley Castillo, Chelsea O’Sullivan

Music by Ken Jacobsen, Alex Tapia, Phil Harty, Nicolas Hartnell and friends.

Free and Open to the Public

RSVP and Info on Facebook Event Page

1120 afterparty


Theater District Art Walk September 2017 – Part 1

14 Sep

Theater District Art Walk Blog Image-02

Every Third Thursday the Tacoma community gets to enjoy a variety of artistic events. The Tacoma Art Museum offers free admission, various galleries host opening nights for new exhibits, and more.

For this September’s Art Walk, the area saturated with historic theaters and performance spaces will come alive not only with visual art, but also with music, dancing and other activity. As your Third Thursday plans are shaping up, consider joining several of these indoor and outdoor events to see how public spaces can be highly utilized and programmed with fun experiences. All activities are 5-9pm unless otherwise noted. Grab a Theater District Art Walk map at Spaceworks Gallery or many of these locations.

Theater Square


Theater Square provides space for festivals and outdoor community performances

5pm | Guided Tour

Downtown on the Go

Each visitor can craft a personal route to view art they are interested in, but those who crave community experience are invited to join Downtown: On The Go! for an organized walking tour that begins at 5:15pm in Theater Square and visits several locations along the way. The tour will conclude at 6:15pm at the opening reception for GTCF’s Foundation of Art Award, located at the Spaceworks Gallery. There is no pre-registration required.

5 – 8pm | Alchemy Skate Park

Activating events and locations by bringing skateparks to the people. Pop-Up Park is a program that Alchemy runs in partnership with several local community events including Ethnic Fest, Downtown to Defiance, and several more.

Alchemy brings ramps, boards, helmets, to create a programmed skate park experience at events or in locations and communities that do not have skate parks.

activity, Alchemy, skate lesson

Photo: Crews Photography & Video

6 – 8:30pm | Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet

Enjoy the energy and verve of the Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet at the north end of Theater Square from 6-8:30pm. Becky Miller on horn, Judson Scott and Jeff Snyder on trumpet, Keith Winkle on trombone, and Paul Evans on tuba will present a lively and varied program, including the familiar and the unusual, from pop to classics.

Symphony Tacoma

Symphony Tacoma

Pocket Park at 11th & Pacific Ave.


This tiny park is easy to overlook but has great amenities with a stage, plenty of seating, and room to dance.

Just Digg’N

Just Diggn

Sounds by Justin Tamminga and DJ DigOne who will accompany dance battles. Bring your best b-boy and b-girl game to this open session located in the pocket park between Commerce Street and Pacific Avenue, tucked between buildings next to 11th.

Frost Park (corner of 9th & Pacific)

6 – 9pm | Fire performances with circus artists Perry Petaccia, Zak Grenier and friends

perry petaccia

Josiah French and The Americans

Tacoma Chalk artists and members of CLAW will be chalking and you can join in!

frost park chalking

Broadway Center (corner of 9th & Commerce)

CultureShock Collective presents art by Laura Castellanos

For the Broadway Center windows at 9th and Commerce, CultureShock Collective is curating an exhibit of work by Laura Castellanos. Learn more about Laura in this City Arts article.

laura castellanos

The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living
(inside Revisioned Boutique at 741 St Helens Ave)

This hand-crafts business will showcase the history of sewing machines, as well as clothing, accessories, and costumes crafted by the Productivity Parlour artists.

Minka (821 Pacific)

5:30 – 7pm | Minka presents art of Chandler Woodfin & Sheila Klein

Minka is proud to present an exhibit of new work by Tacoma-based artist, Chandler Woodfin. Woodfin’s watercolors pulsate with voluminous, abstract forms and radiant implosions of color. This show features an epic 4′ x 12′ mural, “Hissing Uphill”.

“People often want to know what my paintings ‘depict’ or what I paint ‘about’. Truth is, I paint from the void and to the void. I paint because I cannot explain, not because I can. I paint because I know there are others who are painting what is inside of them. I paint because I know there is more to life than what my tongue can describe.” -Chandler Woodfin

You can also shop one of the newest collections by local fashion designer Sheila Klein.

Chandler Woodfin, “Black Mountain”, 24×36″ watercolor on paper (2015)

Chandler Woodfin, “Black Mountain”, 24×36″ watercolor on paper (2015)

Love Letters Intimates (744 Commerce)

Photography by Hollis Hall & Catrina Hall

catrina hall


Murals at 11th & Market


Saiyare Refaei & Tiffanny Hammonds

Game Not Fame

Anthony Duenas

Woolworth Windows

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2014 event at King’s Bookstore.

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2014 event at King’s Bookstore. Photo provided by Wayzgoose.

Pete Goldlust


Shared Housing Services

Angela Larsen and Seabury Middle School Students

Wayzgoose 2017 steamroller prints

Spaceworks Gallery

GTCF Foundation of Art Award Reception →



Award and Exhibit Honoring Pierce County Artists, Join us for Opening Reception

13 Sep

Left: “Strata Discs” by Mindy Barker. Right: “White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll. Photo by Kris Crews.


Join us for the opening reception of the 2017 GTCF Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The award winners will be present, along with live music, appetizers, and the premiere of a video highlighting past award recipients sharing stories and lessons from working as artists in Pierce County.

Third Thursday, September 21, 2017
5 PM – 9 PM – Free and Open to Public
Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. Suite 205, 
Tacoma WA
Event on Facebook

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this award, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has honored ten Pierce County visual artists with a prize, and opportunity to participate in the 2017 exhibit. On display at the Spaceworks Gallery, the exhibit includes artworks from this year’s winners, along with all the past winners. The exhibit runs September 4th through October 19th, 2017.

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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5 — Tacoma Arts

13 Sep

This is part 5 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October. What: Tacoma Studio Tour Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm Cost: FREE! You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic […]

View the list of artists: 2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5 — Tacoma Arts

35 Pop-up Parks Will Bloom at Park(ing) Day 2017

12 Sep
Park(ing) Day graphic ‘Shifting the Paradigm’ by Maki Kawaguchi

‘Shifting the Paradigm’ graphic design by Maki Kawaguchi

Providing temporary public open space… one parking spot at a time!

An international day of turning passive urban parking stalls into active mini-parks filled with people, plants, music, art, and games comes to downtown Tacoma on Friday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local businesses, organizations, and residents will showcase their creativity by transforming more than 35 park(ing) spaces into interactive parks along Pacific Ave. between S. 7th St. & S. 17th St.

This international event, in it’s seventh year in Tacoma, calls attention to the need for more urban open space and challenges people to rethink the way they use their streets. Tacoma’s PARK(ing) Day organized by Downtown On the Go, is sponsored by BLRB Architects, Metro Parks Tacoma, and AHBL.

2017 Highlights

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Join us at Downtown to Defiance this Sunday!

8 Sep


Join Spaceworks this Sunday, September 10th, at Downtown to Defiance!

Have you heard? Tacoma is closing 6.5 miles of roadway along the waterfront and opening it up to people-powered movement for Downtown to Defiance 2017, happening on Sunday, September 10 from 9 am to 2 pm.

This fifth annual open streets event welcomes people to enjoy the waterfront on foot, bike, skateboard, rollerblades, or any other type of human powered transportation you can imagine. Learn more at

Spaceworks will have a spot at the 21st Street Park, next to the Henry Apartments and under Hwy 509. Stop by and say HI!


Community Vision: “Everyone Needs A Place To Call Home”

5 Sep
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“Everyone Needs A Place To Call Home”, a mural in the Woolworth Windows created by local artists and community volunteers. Photo courtesy of Shared Housing Services

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou

Inside the Woolworth Windows at S. 11th St. & Broadway, the sun beams so brightly over a painted cityscape that a passerby can almost feel its warmth emanate through the glass. The mural, entitled Everyone Needs A Place To Call Home, is a project of the nonprofit organization, Shared Housing Services, and was commissioned by Spaceworks Tacoma.

The public artwork comes at a time when Mayor Marilyn Strickland has declared an emergency state for Tacoma homeless, and launched an initiative to help get people off the street and into transitional housing.  Continue reading

Occupy Parking Spots at PARK(ing) Day 2017

18 Aug

parking day 2017 dtog

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

Have questions? Contact Meagan at | 253-682-1734

 For more info about Tacoma Park(ing) Day visit



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 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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