Welcome to Spaceworks Tacoma! We provide artists and creative entrepreneurs with training and technical support to activate Tacoma.

Spaceworks Tacoma, launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, is designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant spaces in Tacoma with art and creative enterprise.

Property owners donate their vacant spaces and program participants transform them into dynamic points of interest with creative businesses, site-specific art installations, special short-term projects, and pop-up events. Our Creative Enterprise program was developed to offer a necessary small business curriculum of tools and strategies to help innovative and creative businesses thrive.

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We couldn’t do this alone! Get more information on our partner organizations.


Spaceworks Tacoma makes space, business training, and technical assistance available to artists, creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups who are transforming Tacoma into an economically stronger and more culturally vibrant city.

We do this by:

  • Providing temporary space and visibility to creative entrepreneurs, organizations, community groups and artists.
  • Facilitating training and professional development that is geared to the creative class.
  • Presenting community events that highlight our participants and encourage community interaction.

We are happy to share here updates on the activities of Spaceworks Tacoma, participating artists and general points of interest regarding the contributions of the arts to Tacoma’s community.

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