The kids from Baker Middle School 5th period writing program wanted to measure up against high schoolers in the local poetry competition Louder Than A Bomb. They felt they had what it takes but didn’t have the field trip program in place. However, they were so determined that they organized a team, one girl stepped up as the leader, and they signed up to participate on their own. They were the first and only middle school to compete against high schoolers. During the competition one student froze but his teammate came up and read his poem for him and, empowered by his friend, the young poet was able to finish his part. Continue reading
Through a partnership of three enterprising creatives, a new company set a firm foothold in the City of Destiny creative scene. Erik Bernard, Sean Patrick Burke, and Wayne Robinson founded Have Not Films in 2014 partnering with international collaborators to deliver thought-provoking entertainment that attracts A-list talent. They established the company using combined backgrounds with skills in everything from award-winning screenplay writing to business strategizing. Together with their network of industry professionals, they aim to lend a voice to powerful, globally-conscious stories by producing, packaging and distributing films. Drawing talent from major cities like Portland and Seattle, they want to make Tacoma a film hub in the Northwest. Continue reading
Photo: Spaceworks Tacoma
Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for High Five!, Spaceworks’ fifth anniversary community celebration!
Artists, creative entrepreneurs and community members like you have made Spaceworks possible over the last five years—and we are truly grateful! Thank you, too, to everyone who pitched in to make High Five! possible: Spaceworks’ alums, volunteers, steering committee members and attendees! High five to you!
The following is a series of photographs of the event from Kris Crews of Crews Creative.
If you attended and took photos, we’d love to see them! Tag Spaceworks on Facebook and Instagram or send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!
If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!
During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)
Spaceworks is turning five years old, and we’re throwing a community celebration on Hilltop!
September 12, 2015, 4-11pm
People’s Park & 900 Block MLK
Also… unlimited high fives!
Since its founding in 2010, Spaceworks has been busy transforming empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma—activating 43 underused properties, assisting 73 creative businesses, and exhibiting 106 large-scale art installations.
“The artists and creative businesses that participate in Spaceworks often tell us that what they’ve done wouldn’t be possible without us,” says Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. “But we know that without their incredible talent and commitment, plus the support of our community, Spaceworks itself wouldn’t be possible. This party is a chance for us all to celebrate the creativity that makes Tacoma great.”
Here’s how the party will play out:
A poem by Jason Salazar, written while attending the Write@253 writing center, pasted to an alleyway wall at 11th & Court C as part of a group mural project with Spaceworks Tacoma in 2013-14.
City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition
May 15, 2015, 6pm
Sure House Church
901 S. 10th St.
For all those drawn to writing and poetry, and for those with a heart for Hilltop… make sure to see the City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition proudly organized by Write@253, the Tacoma Historic Preservation Department, and local poets Nicci Montgomery, and Michael Haeflinger. Continue reading