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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.

Artist Mentorship Night at 1120 Creative House Connects The Dots

6 Mar
Tacoma artists and art patrons mingle at 1120 Creative house. Third Thursday Artwalk, November 2015.

Tacoma artists and art patrons mingle at 1120 Creative house. Third Thursday Artwalk, November 2015. Photo by Kris Crews.

Sometimes the art world can seem impenetrable. How can you as an artist break into it? And once you’ve broken into it, how do you make it? Continue reading

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


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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Call to Glass Artists to Create Art for New Pacific Seas Aquarium at PDZA

24 Jan

Metro Parks/Tacoma Public Art Program – Call to Glass Artists Application Deadline: March 6, 2017, 11:59 PM Budget: $30,000 all-inclusive Eligibility: 18 years or older, must live in Washington Opportunity Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique, suspended glass artwork that is inspired by jellyfish. The artwork […]

via Seeking Glass Artist for New Aquarium Project — Tacoma Arts

Rumps Over Trumps – ArtWalk at 1120 Creative House

19 Jan

RUMPS OVER TRUMPS - 1120 Creative House Artwalk

Artists Comb Through Political Issues in


Third Thursday Tacoma Art Walk
Free & Open to the Public
January 19th, 7pm – whenever
1120 Pacific Ave. (2nd floor)

The artists at 1120 Creative House invite you to an irreverent event of music, art, and dance during Tacoma’s January 2017 Art Walk.

First Lettuce Event Introduces Live Art Making

10 Jan

Lettuce is an Interactive Live Art Event in Tacoma

Lettuce is an innovative live art event that showcases various mediums from local Tacoma artists. Their mission is to build a thriving art community through showcasing live art that empowers, inspires, and educates while promoting creative industries.

We invite you to come enjoy this creative experience at their first incredible event:

Lettuce Part 1

January 27th, 2017 | 7 PM – 10 PM
Feast Arts Center – 1402 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405 (MAP)
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2016: Year in Photos

29 Dec

2016 quickly ramped up to be an exciting ride of cultural activities and business opportunities, bringing many new things. Spaceworks had a landmark year! We doubled the capacity of our Creative Enterprise program, invited the public to ‘Fish Tank’ where entrepreneurs made business pitches to a panel of experts, launched the Spaceworks Gallery on the corner of 11th & Commerce, hosted our 1st inaugural auction/fundraiser NEON, and added 3 new staff members!  This look back at the many events in which Spaceworks took part shows a very active year. Tacoma is what we make it, let’s keep making it vibrant.

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