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.
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.
1120 Creative House ArtWalk participant experiences DIY virtual reality goggles made using laser cut plywood at FabLab in Tacoma. Photo by Kris Crews.
Brad Dinsmore in progress of setting up his Artscapes installation “Doves & Ravens” in Woolworth Windows. Photo by Kris Crews.
Advertisemounts: This detail of the fence on 6th Ave and Ainsworth shows the work that Artscapes participants Tim & April Norris put in to beautify this construction site. Photo by Spaceworks.
Tacoma Actors Repertory Theater engage in friendly swordplay. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.
After incubating their business idea as tenants at 1120 Creative House, Rebecca Solverson (pictured here) and the entire Tool Library crew opened Tacoma Tool Library on MLK Jr. Way in 2016 to create a space for makers and builders to check out useful tools from shovels to sewing machines. Later in the year they moved location to 38th street, and are set to open January 2017. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.
Gabriel Brown delivers colorful balloons to Liz Van Dyke for Stocklist Grand Opening. Liz completed Creative Enterprise Tier I training in Spring 2016 and opened the business in July. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Raven West demonstrates posture to a model student at Sound Movement Arts Center. Together with Gizelle Lorenz Brock they started SMAC in 2015. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.
Council Member Marty Campbell and Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello take a selfie for the #TacomaArts challenge during Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Awards 2016. The challenge was part of a social media campaign used throughout October to engage Tacoma community during studio tours and Arts Month events. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Arts Commission.
Artscapes alumnus Roger Ralston standing next to his mobile Artscape installation in the Woolworth windows. Photo by Lisa Nappa.
Local band performs during Art Walk at 1120 Creative House. The kaleidoscopic video projections by Kris Crews enhanced sensory experiences. The large grid of paintings are by Angela Larsen. Photo by Kris Crews.
Participants of Tacoma Art Walk at 1120 Creative House were invited to graffiti on walls during St. Patrick’s Day event. Photo by Kris Crews.
Dancer from Sound Movement Art Center (SMAC) leaps during performance at NEON 2016. The event featured many performances in addition to visual art and music. Photo By Scott Haydon.
Jessica Prindel places final price tags on merchandise before the Grand Opening of Tacoma Thrift & Consignment. The entrepreneur received training through Spaceworks’ ‘Creative Enterprise Tier I’ class of spring 2016. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Isaac Martinez (owner of Pointline printing service, and tenant of 1120 Creative House) engaged visitors during open studio hours at Tacoma Art Walk. Photo by Kris Crews.
Striking Spaceworks mural by Game Not Fame on the corner of 11th and Market streets packed a lot of visual impact. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Bruce Smith of Arts & Crafts Press shows hand-made postcard to Rosemary Mathison during Spaceworks private donor event Chip In, which showcased the art and business of Spaceworks’ clients. Photo by Kris Crews.
Spaceworks patrons listen to Heather Joy at private donor event Chip In at the Spaceworks Gallery. Photo by Kris Crews.
Spaceworks hosted an information booth with games and prizes next to SPUN at the Hilltop Street Fair in 2016. The giant jenga was a smash hit with kids and adults alike. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Erik Bernard addresses guests at the Grand Opening party for Have Not Films. HNF partnered with Spaceworks to secure a space on MLK Jr. Way and began re-branding in fall of 2016. Photo by Kris Crews.
Inspired by Mesoamerican imagery, Gustavo Martinez retells the stories of our cultural heritage to ensure they live on. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Entrepreneur Rochelle Bergstrom pitches her business plan for Elope 253 to local experts at Fish Tank, fall 2016. This was the first time Spaceworks hosted the event publicly. Photo by Kris Crews.
Josiah French was one of the entrepreneurs to receive training through Creative Enterprise Tier I class of fall 2016 along with Devon Baldwin. He is the youngest participant to go through the program. Photo by Kris Crews.
Silong Chhun and Clarissa Gines enjoyed opening night of High Blood. Photo by Kris Crews.
Rotator Creative partnered with Spaceworks to help them find space for their office/studio. They signed a lease with UWT and hosted a Grand Opening in December 2016 along with Beautiful Angle’s Annual Holiday Party. Photo by Henry Haneda 2016.
Tim Carter admires installation by Eva Funderburgh. The Artscapes artist installed this evocative sculpture “Looking forward, Looking backward” in Woolworth Windows in August-November 2016. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Spaceworks Gallery visitors look at artwork by Lisa Kinoshita, 2010 recipient of Foundation of Art Award. The award is presented by Greater Tacoma Community Foundation which hosted the art show at Spaceworks Gallery this year. The exhibition was on display for a month and showed work by 2016 nominees and 2016 award winner Sean Alexander. Photo by Kris Crews.
Coordinator Gwen Kohl and entrepreneurs in Creative Enterprise Tier I class of Spring 2016. Gwen Kohl, Erik Bernard, Steve Buchanan, Stephanie Lile, Jessica Prindel, Christina Murray, Liz Van Dyke, Erika Ray, Rebecca Parson, Martha Lucas, Sebastian Levy-Aldrete, Silong Chhun, Kellie Richardson, Tara Brown, Clarissa Gines, Rosemary Mathison, & Janelle Abbott. Photo by Spaceworks.
Entrepreneurs in Creative Enterprise Tier I class of Fall 2016. Left to Right: Kalvin Trancao, Rachel Lionheart, Sasha Ashworth, LeShawn Gamble, Adam Utley, Jeff Southard, Abby Kok, Jeff Cormier, Devon Baldwin, Josiah French, Rochelle Bergstrom, Erin Severe, Naarah Mcdonald, Monique Smith, Aaron Schmookler, Roshaun Yates, Mihael Blikshteyn, & Michael Chansavang. Photo by Spaceworks.
Viewers examine first ever exhibit at the Spaceworks Gallery. Titled “Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front” the exhibit was curated by Creative Enterprise participant Stephanie Lile. The entrepreneur started a curating company “Bering Street Studio” to create traveling exhibits. Photo by Spaceworks.
Photo mural capturing the work of performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali ‘Red Chador’. The art piece was a part of 2016 exhibition at the Spaceworks Gallery curated by The Cultureshock Collective titled High Blood. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Heather Joy addresses the audience at NEON, Spaceworks’ inaugural auction/fundraiser in 2016. The event, hosted at Alma Mater, raised over $54,000 thanks to all who attended and participated. Photo by Scott Haydon.
Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride raises paddle high during live auction at NEON 2016. Photo by Scott Haydon.
Spaceworks First Annual Fundraiser NEON attracted over 400 attenddees to experience art, music, and fashion. Photo by Kris Crews.
Jennifer English and April Sanders of SPUN enjoy the show at NEON. Photo by Scott Haydon
‘Neon’ Dion Thomas exits stage after giving a keynote speech on the runway at NEON 2016. Photo by Scott Haydon.
Kris Crews captured this luminous image of Spaceworks staff holding custom-made neon sign by local artist Galen Turner. Thanks to generous contributions from big organizations to small Tacoma businesses to individual donations, Spaceworks staff grew in 2016 to accommodate more clients and provide higher quality of services. Left to right: Gwen Kohl, Heather Joy, Gabriel Brown, Dmitry Mikheyev, & Kate Monthy.
Spaceworks recently partnered with artists Tim + April and property owner WC Studio to activate the vacant site at the corner of South 6th and South Ainsworth, and now we have something beautiful to look at while construction goes on behind the fence.
Tim + April, a creative duo based in Tacoma, used over 2,000 feet of up-cycled vinyl billboards to create this mural, depicting where the sky meets the mountains around Tacoma. Much of their work is inspired by the cities and landscapes they are surrounded by and the places they have traveled through. They like to turn the old into new and the grayscale into color.
Advertisemounts by Tim + April
This art installation was funded and facilitated through a partnership between WC Studio Architecture Agency and Spaceworks Tacoma.
If you have a vacant property and would like to partner with Spaceworks, please click here to learn more.
A big “Thank You!” goes to Compass Rose for inviting us to be part of their 2nd birthday party last Saturday!
We had a fabulous time, met new folks and got to talk about what Spaceworks is doing in the community. Plus, Compass Rose generously gave us 10% of the day’s sales!
Here’s a photo recap of some of the fun that was had:
Party out back! Bean bag toss, arts and crafts, hot eats, cool treats!
We can’t wait to celebrate Compass Rose’s birthday on Saturday, and you should join us!
Even though it’s their party, Compass Rose Tacoma is generously giving us a gift: 10% of the day’s sales will go to Spaceworks! Wow—thank you!
What: Compass Rose Tacoma’s Second Birthday Party
Where: 3815 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98407
When: Saturday, July 18 from 10 am – 4 pm
The official top three photos from the #IHeartTacoma photo contest are:
1st PLACE goes to Pacific Lutheran University with 298 Facebook likes! Harstad Hall housed all of PLU’s students from 1894-1912, and is named after the university’s founder and first president Bjug Harstad.
2nd PLACE goes to Tacoma Jones with 68 likes on Twitter. The Elks Temple, built in 1915-16. Currently vacant, but housing TONS of kinetic energy!
3rd PLACE goes to PJ Hummel & Company, Inc. with 56 likes on Facebook. At 2620 East G Street this 100 year old building started as the Tacoma Can Company, then housed the American Can Company, was once an aerospace engineering factory, and now is home to this wonderful event production company.
For the month of February 2015, The City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission teamed up with Tim Norris of TMN Creative and of Spaceworks Tacoma participant Tim + April, to conduct the #IHeartTacoma social media contest to show love for Tacoma’s unique historic character. Folks from all over the city took pictures holding the Heart Map in front of their favorite Tacoma historic building (50 years old or more) and posted it with the hashtag #IHeartTacoma. The three winners featured above received the most likes/hearts/retweets/shares/you get the point. It’s wonderful seeing the historic character of Tacoma being shown off, and appreciated via new modes of social media.
From left: Council member Ryan Mello, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Council member Marty Campbell, and Council member Lauren Walker.
Heart map @ Old City Hall
For the month of February 2015, The City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission has teamed up with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise participant Tim Norris of Tim + April and TMN Creative, to launch a social media photo contest to show our love for Tacoma’s unique historic character. The contest will begin on February 1st, with winners announced at the end of February.
Artist Tim Norris’ take on the invitation, “It’s a fun chance to show your love for Tacoma’s history – and to show that history isn’t just in the past, but still a part of shaping our lives in the present. It’s also a fun chance to think outside the box. We love Old City Hall and the Elks Building – they’re both definitely near the top of our list of favorite historic places in Tacoma – but don’t forget some of Tacoma’s smaller historic structures. Maybe your favorite Tacoma historic building is your home, or maybe it’s the church you got married in, or maybe it’s Bob’s Java Jive.”
- Print the Tacoma Heart Map on cardstock (Download the image and instructions here). Or find a free 5×5 card around the city.
- Take a picture holding the Heart Map in front of your favorite Tacoma historic building.
- Post it with #IHeartTacoma. Put the name of the building and address in the description/comments.
- Follow Tacoma Culture and TMNC’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter: Tacoma Historic Preservation Twitter: @Tacoma_Culture, TMN Creative Instagram: @tmnrrs, and Tacoma Culture Instagram: @Tacoma_Culture
- Watch for and like other #IHeartTacoma posts.
- The 3 photos with the most likes will receive prizes featuring Tacoma artwork.
Find the map and full contest instructions at tmncreative.net/ihearttacoma. If you don’t have access to a color printer, we hear you may be able to find free Tacoma heart map posters in select little free libraries around the North End or at Evolve Home on North 21st.
Spaceworks is proud to introduce our 2015 Creative Enterprise participants! Our first training program session last week, Tuesday Jan 27, was a huge success and we’re looking forward to working with such a great crew! Check out the innovative and exciting Creative Enterprise that will hit Tacoma streets in 2015:
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Tim & April Norris //Tim + April
Tim + April is a design duo focused on selling art prints, plywood furniture, and wooden toys. They currently have an Etsy shop that is geared towards the PNW, but would like to expand their market by having a permanent space for production and retail.
Check out the convergence of activity happening on the 300 block of Puyallup Ave. this Third Thursday! Spaceworks Tacoma would like to thank property owners Rick Semple & Jori Adkins for their generosity and partnership. We hope to see you there… hop on the Art Bus to catch this event and more.
323-A Puyallup Ave. G R A N D O P E N I N G
Spaceworks is excited to announce REVIVE, a new collective of artisans; makers of locally crafted, sustainably sourced, custom made furniture and furnishings
311 Puyallup Ave. Urban Garden Company
“A shop for the botanically inclined” 20% off all things with roots
301-A Puyallup Ave. Tacoma Academy of Fine Art
‘Origins’ a showing of student and instructor works plus LIVE figure drawing from costumed model… Open to all! Easel and materials provided! FREE!
301-B Puyallup Ave. Tim + April Pop-Up Shop
A one-night-only pop-up shop from the makers behind “Heart for a City maps,” the “Tacoma Heart Map,” and other fun projects! *bring the kids!
301-C Puyallup Ave. Open Studio
Chris Britt is a childrens book author and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist. Freelance writer, and avid gardener Nancy Draper will be showcasing her hand made jewelry
5-9 pm, Third Thursday December 18, 2014
300 Block of Puyallup Ave. Tacoma WA