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2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced — Tacoma Arts

25 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority (Arts Patron), Monkeyshines (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Michael Haeflinger (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor the people and organizations that positively impact the community with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Arts […]

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2016: Year in Photos

29 Dec

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.

Art Exhibits, Performances, Awards at the Tacoma Armory

28 Sep

Photos from the 2014 Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Awards at the Tacoma Post Office Building.

2015 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards

Thur. Oct. 1 – Opening Party & AMOCAT Awards 6-9pm
Fri. Oct. 2 – Continuing Art Exhibits 12-6pm
Sat. Oct. 3 – Continuing Art Exhibits 12-6pm

The Tacoma Armory, 715 S. 11th Street
FREE and open to the public

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, this annual event kicks off Tacoma Arts Month with a big party, art exhibits, performances, and the 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards. Including appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar, this event is free and open to the public. Pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!


YES… the massive main hall of the Armory will be entirely filled with art exhibits, performances, and activities!

Here is the line-up for the Opening Party & AMOCAT Awards:
• Music by Ken Jacobsen
• Contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, Joel Myers & Voriece Miller, and TSOTA Dance Company
• Samoan Village Dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center
• Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen
• Aerial & cirque performances by Vuelta La Luna
• Interactive art-making experience with 3 Square Blocks
• Pop-up multi-media art exhibits by Christopher Jordan, Isaac Olsen, Jennifer Chushcoff, Nichole Rathburn, Janet Marcavage, Tim + April Norris, Terese Cuff, Elizabeth Gahan, Diana Leigh Surma and Judd Cohen

The pop-up multi-media art exhibits will remain open for public display two additional days:
Friday, October 2, 12-6pm
Saturday. October 3, 12-6pm


For questions regarding the event or Tacoma Arts Month in general, visit www.tacomaartsmonth.com or call 253.591.5191

Featured Short Film: Manual of Arms

1 Oct

“Manual of Arms” a short film by Kate Walker will be on display Thursday, October 2nd, at the 2014 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards, click here for event details.  This display was made possible through Kate Walker’s participation in Spaceworks Tacoma.

“Manual of Arms” is a video project of a choreographed performance where sixteen women perform a series of moves that recall the visual language of a band auxiliary or military drill routine. Instead of an expected ‘prop’, group members hold assault weapon style guns. Ambiguous and fictional, this piece pushes on imagery and themes that are familiar yet uneasy.


“Manual of Arms” a 3 Channel video by Kate Walker

The resulting clash of references creates discomfort for the viewer, who is not sure how to interpret the actions of the group. Questions are raised in the work about the nature of the rituals that surround North American sports culture (band auxiliary, honor guard etc), and the highly gendered roles that has developed in these; as well as the ubiquitous presence of guns in this culture.



Experience “Manual of Arms” plus the giant line-up of happenings in the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building on October 2, 2014.  Also help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. click here for details


Kate Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio at Boise State University. Walker’s work encompasses painting, drawing and digital video projects, which use narrative devices to explore contemporary social issues. Recent bodies of work focus on colonial histories, issues of gender and sexual identity. Using discontinuities of time and place created by travelling between the United States and New Zealand, her practice is based on looking through the lens of one culture at another in a constant switching of a cross-cultural gaze.

Recent collaborative projects includes All Flocked Up a residency project at The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra Australia (2013) with ceramicist Caroline Earley. Hoop was a community based video project made in collaboration with the LGBT community in Nelson, New Zealand that documented a mass hula hoop event. Walker’s work has also been shown in Rome, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Vancouver, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia as well as throughout the United States.


2014 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Sep

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma


Thursday, October 2, 6-9pm
Tacoma Post Office Building
Awards start 7:45, Post Hall (4th floor)

Get out and have some fun while helping us kick off Tacoma Arts Month in style. Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment, art exhibitions, appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar. Help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!  RSVP here, find it on Facebook, or just show on up.


Experience this giant line-up of happening in the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building and help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients.

The night’s arts and entertainment includes:
• Music by Speed Queen
• Exhibits of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award honorees
• Pop-up exhibits of work by Beautiful Angle, Isaac Olsen, Alice Di Certo, Kristin Giordano, The C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev
• Okinawa Taiko Drums
• Tintype photo booth by Kyle Dillehay
• Mini-theater performances by Working Class Theater
• Open studios of Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner
• Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends
• Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
• Screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema

2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards, starts at 7:45 in Post Hall (4th floor):

Arts Patron – ArtsFund
Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

2014 Tacoma Arts Commission funding recipients:
Arts Anchor Fund
The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

Arts Projects
Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Monkeyshines, MLKBallet, Northwest Repertory Singers, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister City Council of Tacoma, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, the BareFoot Collective, University of Puget Sound, Washington State Historical Society

Tacoma Artist Initiative Program
Sean Alexander, Carla Barragan, Bill Colby, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, David Domkoski, Oliver Doriss, Josie Emmons Turner, Sarah Gilbert, Erin Guinup, Meghan Mitchell, Mark Monlux, Kat Ogden, Scott Scoggin, Erik Steighner, Noah Struthers

Event Sponsors
Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, Exit133

Questions? Inquiries? 
Call Naomi Strom-Avila 253.591.5191

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