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South Sound Together Awards $10,000 Grant to Spaceworks to Fund Small Business Microgrants

1 Aug
Mihael Blikshteyn - fish tank spaceworks business pitch

Photographer Mihael Blikshteyn presents his business plan for review at Spaceworks’ small business pitch event in November 2016 upon completing Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise training program. In 2017, Mihael Blikshteyn Photography was one of 13 businesses accepted to Spaceworks’ accelerator program. (photo Kris Crews)

Spaceworks expands its support for creative entrepreneurs in Tacoma by offering expert coaching and small business microgrants through its Creative Enterprise business accelerator program thanks to a $10,000 grant from South Sound Together*.

Spaceworks’ pilot accelerator program was developed in 2016 for its Creative Enterprise alumni businesses who are poised for growth. In 2017 the program continues with the second cohort selected from past participants. Thirteen applications were accepted to the accelerator program which provides strategic planning, one-on-one coaching, financial coaching, content-specific workshops, peer mentorship, and a $500 microgrant per Creative Enterprise. Continue reading

Spaceworks’ Participants Celebrate Tacoma Pride 2017

6 Jul

Tacoma Pride Festival honors the LGBTQA community by fostering pride in each person as valuable, creative members of a diverse population in the South Puget Sound region. This family friendly event begins with flag raising at Pantages Theatre, Friday July 7th and lasts through Saturday, July 15th, 2017. The Tacoma Pride event will be held downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue near Fireman’s Park July 8th, 12-5pm.

Join Spaceworks artists and entrepreneur participants in celebrating Tacoma Pride this July with this list of events.

Spaceworks Interactive Pride Art Project

Featured Artist: Saiyare Refaei


Spaceworks partnered with Tacoma Rainbow Center and Artscapes 2017 artist Saiyare Refaei to create a fun, visual art project for the whole community to participate. Find the Spaceworks booth to color in or outside the lines!

Want to help us manage the art at the event? Sign up to volunteer!

July 8, 12 PM – 5 PM
Tacoma Pride Festival
S 9th & Pacific Avenue,
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Destiny City Queer-Fem Con

Destiny City Comics

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Performances + Activities at High Five! on Sept. 12

2 Sep

Our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop is coming up fast, and we’ve got more details to share about the fabulous lineup of performances and activities.

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

Image: Video still from Crews Photography & Video,

High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration will take place in People’s Park and the 900-block of MLK Jr. Way. Image: Video still from “Spaceworks Tacoma, new building on MLK” by Crews Photography & Video, Sculpture: “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum

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High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration on Sept. 12

13 Aug

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:

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Nov 22 Instore Performance: Bruce Leroy at eTc Tacoma

21 Nov

Bruce Leroy In-Depth At eTc Flyer

Spaceworks participants eTc Tacoma presents “In-Depth” with Bruce Leroy. The Tacoma rapper will perform live in-store at the eTc Streetwear Boutique located at 907 Pacific Ave (Tacoma, WA 98402). Space is limited for this event, so attendees are encouraged to RSVP at sales@etctacoma.com. The first 20 attendees will receive a free giveaway item. This event is sponsored by MSM Deli, The Tshirt Men, and eTc Tacoma.

Bruce Leroy and his latest release 10 Feet (November 4, 2014) have received critical acclaim from the Seattle media. According to Larry Mizell Jr. of the Stranger, “Leroy spits with a well-roundedness that’s damn near vintage—there are moments that evoke Common’s classic Resurrection—but with very West Coast, 2014 street edge.” Mizell Jr. also refers to the EP as “deeply satisfying meat and potatoes hip-hop—cloth-napkin compound-butter steakhouse” music. “Bruce Leroy is a Tacoma emcee with more artistic perspective than that city’s young guns,” and according to Andrew Matson of The Seattle Times, 10 Feet “shows he can stay traditional without being corny.”

10 Feet—and Bruce Leroy’s previous projects LEROY, Black Everyday, and To The Death—can be downloaded for free at bruceleroymusic.com.

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Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening

22 Jul


Spaceworks Announces Quadruple Grand Opening in Hilltop
Friday August 1, 2014
5-9 pm
917-923 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to join us for the GRAND OPENING of four new businesses at the corner of S 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Full event details, or to RSVP: facebook.com/events/748011078596247/

Spaceworks recently partnered with property owner Paul Okner of Fremont Property Group LLC to activate this previously vacant building. Spaceworks signed the lease with Mr. Okner in January then identified four of its creative enterprises to fill the 5,000 square feet of commercial property. For the past few months, Spaceworks and the business owners have been preparing the space for business. Now all four businesses have completed their renovations and improvements, and are ready to open their doors and celebrate.

The grand opening celebration of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men Company, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery, and DubCity Studios will be 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, August 1 at the corner of S 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Each business will host an open house and offer a variety of fun experiences for customers. Details about each business follows. Continue reading

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