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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 Spotlight – Write253

9 Dec


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

Photos from High Five!

15 Sep

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 gabrielb@tacomachamber.org or heatherj@tacomachamber.org.

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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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The City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition

26 Mar

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

Hilltop Literary Art Zine, SUBMIT!

24 Mar
The Hilltop Literary Art Zine

The Hilltop Literary Art Zine

Spaceworks alumni Write@253 (Tacoma’s fantastic and free community writing center) in collaboration with the Hilltop Women’s Writing Collective is putting together The Hilltop LAZ: A Literary Art Zine that aims to bridge the gap between academic and underground writing communities by bringing them side by side in the same text. By making a broad sweep of the Tacoma community, The LAZ team hopes to to read submissions by storytellers and poets who enjoy submitting to community publications.

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11th & Market Murals on Tonight’s Art Bus

19 Sep

Tonight’s third Thursday Artbus Tour will include a stop by the 3 fresh, new murals located on the building at 11th and Market St.

Click here for tickets and a full listing of tour stops.

"Humans, Join Us!" by Kristin Giordano & Mindy Barker.

“Humans, Join Us!” by Kristin Giordano & Mindy Barker.

"A to B" by Jeremy Gregory

“A to B” by Jeremy Gregory

"Poetry in the Alley" Poems by youth from the Write@253 writing center.  Curated by Samantha Loete & Mary Fox.

“Poetry in the Alley” Poems by youth from the Write@253 writing center. Curated by Samantha Loete & Mary Fox.

Looking for a way to enjoy tonight’s art walk and see as much as possible?  Hop on the Art Bus Tour!  The featured celebrity tour guide is the Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Detective Ed Troyer!   Click here for tickets and a full listing of tour stops.

The 3 new murals located at 953 Market were organized through a partnership between Spaceworks Tacoma and Downtown On The Go.  Special thanks goes out to property owner Lee Noble.  This building, located in the heart of the city, is for sale and information can be found by calling Commercial Space Advisors Brian Fairchild, and Julie Clark at 206-789-1100.

We hope to see you on the bus!


Spaceworks Announces Round 10 Artscapes Installations

11 Sep
Creativity, Literacy, Love

Write@253 Installation

Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce a new round of Artscapes installations on display until the end of December 2013. Nine new installations will brighten otherwise vacant spaces in downtown Tacoma, featuring work presented by artists Nathan Braunfeld, Brett Carlson, Priscilla Dobler, Elizabeth Gahan, Jeremy Gregory, Kristin Giordano & Mindy Barker, Kelly June Mitchell, Scott Scoggin and Write@253. The range of projects is expansive and includes literary, film, performance and visual art.

Scott Scoggin

Artist Scott Scoggin

A new venue for Spaceworks is in the lobby of the Old Post Office located at 11th and A Street. Six meticulous “Meta-tinations” by Brett Carlson fill two long display cases along with tin scraps showing his art-making process. And Scott Scoggin celebrates a year’s worth of poster design in ten display cases throughout the lobby in a show called “Whew!” Scott will also host a one-night pop-up show on Third Thursday, October 17, featuring live music and refreshments.

Downtown on the GoSpaceworks and Downtown On the Go (DOTG) partnered up for this round of Artscapes to transform three sides of a vacant building at the corner of South 11th and Market Street. Artist Jeremy Gregory has created a block-long mural on South 11th Street entitled “A to B”. The community writing center Write@253 has filled an alley with poetry by Tacoma children. And on Market, artists Kristin Giordano & Mindy Barker beckon, “Humans, Join Us!™” with a crew of animals, some one-story tall, on roller skates and skateboards!

Elizabeth Gahan

Color Wave installation

The steadfast Artscapes location of the Woolworth Windows at 11th and Broadway and Commerce offers four installations to contemplate. Nathan Braunfeld presents a cross section of the Sierra Nevada with gradual moving lighting that represents the rotation of the earth. A simple and stark white installation will be transformed with color by artist Priscilla Dobler during a five-day performance in a Woolworth Window (October 14-18). Kelly June Mitchell begs “remember that you will die” while enjoying a beautiful visual sight of huge pink flowers. A “Color Wave” of cut-up political signs adorns one window by Elizabeth Gahan. Plus, across from the windows on Broadway sits The Tollbooth Gallery, which has a rotating roster of films by Tacoma filmmakers curated by Kat Ogden, on view outdoors 24/7 (well, it’s down for repairs, but will be up and running soon).

Mindy Barker

Artist Mindy Barker

Artscapes applications were reviewed in July by a talented and devoted selection panel of: Katy Evans, Metro Parks, Post Defiance and Spaceworks Steering Committee Member; Judi Hyman, TWOKOI Japanese Cuisine Operations Manager, Downtown Merchants Group President and DOTG Board Member; Holly Knoll, Rescue Mission Creative Director; Elise Richman, Artist and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Puget Sound; Mike Sweney, ArtsWA Program Manager and Tacoma Arts Commissioner.

Kelly June Mitchell

Detail of Memento Mori installation

Locations and support for Spaceworks Tacoma are provided by property owners A Street Associates LLC – Pat Rhodes, Bristol Equities – Steve Rose, Lee Noble, Seven Seventeen Investors LLC, University of Washington Tacoma, and AT&T; funders include The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and Ovation TV.


Intersection of Ideas: Market and South 11th Street

3 Sep
Mindy Barker takes a break from "Humans, Join Us", a collaboration with Kristin Giordano.

Mindy Barker installing “Humans, Join Us”, a collaboration with Kristin Giordano.

There’s a new and noteworthy art venue shaking up downtown Tacoma: The Market and South 11th Street Building. In a joint initiative in June, Spaceworks and transportation advocate Downtown on the Go invited local artists to submit ideas for transforming the exterior of this long-vacant building into an outdoor exhibition space that would engage downtown commuters and pedestrians alike.

Just three months later, the results are overwhelming: three wall-size murals – by Jeremy Gregory, the creative duo of Kristin Giordano and Mindy Barker, and a team of artist-poets from Write@253 – have invigorated a drab gray block into a vibrant urban landmark that has passersby circling for a second look.

With a skin of art and poetry wrapping around three sides (the fourth is shared with an adjacent building), the vintage structure is akin to an architectural Rubik’s cube, inviting inspection from most any angle. The literary and visual artists were commissioned to create art on a transportation theme, but the writers were invited to expand beyond transportation to write about life on the busy streets of Tacoma. Continue reading

Write@253 Fundraiser & Mural

12 Aug
A coat of fresh black paint, and now these alleyway panels are ready for Write@253 to begin their POETRY MURAL!

A coat of fresh black paint, and now these alleyway panels are ready for Write@253 to begin their POETRY MURAL!

Make sure to watch the progress over the next few weeks on Write@253’s poetry mural going up in the alleyway starting at Court C & 11th.  This vibrant community writing center is also hosting a fundraiser this Tuesday night!

Write@253 Fundraiser
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 4-8 pm
Joeseppi’s, 2207 N. Pearl, Tacoma 98406
Dine in or order takeout and Write@253 will receive a portion of the profits!

Here is a message from the Write@253 Coordinator Mary Fox:

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