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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

 

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Sound Outreach put up a small campground

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

Come to NEON to Build a Brighter Tacoma

2 Jun

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On June 10th, 2017, Spaceworks will be hosting its annual fundraiser NEON, offering an opportunity to dress up, and enjoy a party of colors and creativity. Live art and entertainment will fill the evening at Tin Can Alley while attendees win local art and small business experiences in auctions, raffles, and games.


Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to

NEON: Spaceworks Annual Fundraiser
June 10th, 2017, 6PM (5PM – VIP Happy Hour)

Tickets: $40 general admission or $125 VIP (couples’ discount available)
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Tin Can Alley
2620 E G St, Tacoma, WA 98421
Event Contact: Kate Monthy 253.682.1741 x102
www.spaceworksneon.com


“Spaceworks is an innovative program that is helping to build up the creative and entrepreneurial landscape in our city,” says program manager Heather Joy. The program began in 2010 as a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. She says that people still rave about last year’s event and that this year’s NEON will be even better.

Related Post: Why Neon? by Lisa Fruichantie

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Naomi and JP Strom-Avila enjoy the live auction under the neon lights made by Galen Turner at NEON 2016. Photo by Scott Haydon.

“This year NEON will be stepped up a notch in terms of performance,” says Joy. “For example, we booked a local band The Happy Sinners for VIP Happy Hour entertainment. But we also have a fun surprise in store. Our mystery musical guests will be a crowd favorite for sure as well as the drag queens selling raffle tickets!” Continue reading

May 18th Tacoma Art Walk – Spaceworks Highlights

17 May

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Spaceworks Gallery is hosting an exhibition by clay animator Bruce Bickford

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Art of Bruce Bickford

OPENING RECEPTION

May 18th, 6-9pm

Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave Suite 205, Tacoma, WA
(Entrance on 11th street)

FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

Artist will be present
Light food and beverage
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SWgallery“In 1964, Bruce got his first 8-m m movie camera and started combining his passion for clay with a stop motion animation technique called clay animation. What started out as simple, almost crude films would soon develop into projects characterized by an almost obsessive attention to detail paired with surreal stream of consciousness stories. It is this combination that makes his work both so unique and so incompatible with mainstream culture…” continue reading on the Spaceworks Blog


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A showcase of works by students, skaters, & supporters of Alchemy

THE ART OF ALCHEMY

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Fish Tank Bubbles with Exciting New Businesses

10 May

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Spaceworks invites you to learn more about a dozen new small businesses that are about to launch in Tacoma. They have applied to Creative Enterprise Tier I spring 2017 cohort and completed the training that culminates in small business pitch event, Fish Tank.


Fish Tank

Small Business Pitch Event
Spring 2017 Cohort

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Court House Square
cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres

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Tacoma’s Young Entrepreneurs Pitch Innovative Ideas To Win Funding and Scholarship

6 Apr

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber cordially invites you to attend  The Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Presentation

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber cordially invites you to attend

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Presentation


Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • 5:30 pm: Meet and Greet Reception
  • 6:00 pm: YEA! Business Plan Presentations

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1530 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402


Join the Chamber for a welcome reception and presentations by the Young Entrepreneurs to a panel of local investors in order to obtain funding for their new businesses and social movements.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking national program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Tactical Urbanism in Tacoma – Mike Lydon on Improving Public Places, March 31st

28 Mar

Talk Tacoma 2017 is a series of events put on by Downtown On the Go!

Downtown On the Go! invites you to engage in the community at one of their public forums:

Friday, March 31st, noon – 1 p.m.

Court House Square in downtown Tacoma

Tacoma and our region are changing quickly. Downtown on the Go! is committed to keeping the people in our community at the center of that process. They are excited to explore innovative community engagement strategies in their March Friday Forum focused on Tactical Urbanism. “Tactical urbanism” is a term used to describe low-cost, temporary changes intended to improve  public places. 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)

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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

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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 BrownPaperTickets.com

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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

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