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Help Welcome 2018 By Volunteering for First Night

12 Dec
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Fur and wig-clad First Night revelers strike a pose in front of glowing Artscape by Barbara De Pirro on Commerce St. and 11th. (2014)

First Night is Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival, an all-ages family-friendly celebration held in Downtown Tacoma’s Theater District. The affordable admission price ($10-$15) includes access to museums, music, art, drama, dance and a whole day and night of activities. 

To make this event possible and successful, help is needed by generous volunteers.  As a volunteer you receive a free button to access the Tacoma Art Museum, Glass Museum, Children’s Museum, and all events on First Night!

If you are interested in helping with the event
please click on this link to fill out a short form

Volunteer Roles available

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Closing Night – 10th Foundation of Art Award by GTCF

16 Oct
Foundation of Art Award Opening Reception

Gallery visitors mingle at the 10th Foundation of Art Award Opening Reception, On September 19th, 2017. photo by Scott Haydon.

Spaceworks and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation invite you to visit the exhibition one last time. The show includes bold artworks from 19 of Pierce County’s most talented and community-minded visual artists. Their work is honored annually by  Greater Tacoma Community Foundation through the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, along with a public exhibit.

Thursday, October 19, 5-9pm



“White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll, mixed media. Photo by Kris Crews.

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Tacoma Studio Tour 2017- Spaceworks Participants

12 Oct

On October 14 & 15, 2017, you are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Pick up your passport at Spaceworks Gallery, or any Studio Tour locations. You’ll find artist details, and contact information, as well as Studio Tour Passport. Get 8 or more stamps to enter drawing for prizes made by local artists.

Studios are open 11am – 5pm. We encourage you to bring cash or check for any purchases you would like to make.

Here’s a short list of some of the artists and entrepreneurs that have worked with Spaceworks over the years, although there’s much more to see: Continue reading

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9 — Tacoma Arts

10 Oct

This is part 9 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October. What: Tacoma Studio Tour Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm Cost: FREE! You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic […]

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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9 — Tacoma Arts

9 Oct

This is part 9 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October. What: Tacoma Studio Tour Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm Cost: FREE! You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic […]

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Kaleidoscope 2017: Celebrate Tacoma Arts Month with Community Kick Off Party

3 Oct


October is Tacoma Arts Month and you’re invited to the opening party, KALEIDOSCOPE 2017. The event will be held in a beautiful, vintage church that will transform for the night into a kaleidoscopic burst of activity and fun. Get together for art, music, performances and community!

Kaleidoscope 2017, Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party

6 – 9pm, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Spire, 710 S. Anderson St.

FREE, open to the public, and family friendly

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Award and Exhibit Honoring Pierce County Artists, Join us for Opening Reception

13 Sep

Left: “Strata Discs” by Mindy Barker. Right: “White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll. Photo by Kris Crews.


Join us for the opening reception of the 2017 GTCF Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The award winners will be present, along with live music, appetizers, and the premiere of a video highlighting past award recipients sharing stories and lessons from working as artists in Pierce County.

Third Thursday, September 21, 2017
5 PM – 9 PM – Free and Open to Public
Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. Suite 205, 
Tacoma WA
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this award, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has honored ten Pierce County visual artists with a prize, and opportunity to participate in the 2017 exhibit. On display at the Spaceworks Gallery, the exhibit includes artworks from this year’s winners, along with all the past winners. The exhibit runs September 4th through October 19th, 2017.

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35 Pop-up Parks Will Bloom at Park(ing) Day 2017

12 Sep
Park(ing) Day graphic ‘Shifting the Paradigm’ by Maki Kawaguchi

‘Shifting the Paradigm’ graphic design by Maki Kawaguchi

Providing temporary public open space… one parking spot at a time!

An international day of turning passive urban parking stalls into active mini-parks filled with people, plants, music, art, and games comes to downtown Tacoma on Friday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local businesses, organizations, and residents will showcase their creativity by transforming more than 35 park(ing) spaces into interactive parks along Pacific Ave. between S. 7th St. & S. 17th St.

This international event, in it’s seventh year in Tacoma, calls attention to the need for more urban open space and challenges people to rethink the way they use their streets. Tacoma’s PARK(ing) Day organized by Downtown On the Go, is sponsored by BLRB Architects, Metro Parks Tacoma, and AHBL.

2017 Highlights

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Occupy Parking Spots at PARK(ing) Day 2017

18 Aug

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Create your own pop-up park in downtown Tacoma!

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Downtown: On the Go!  is calling all businesses, organizations, and persons interested in lively public space! Friday, September 15 is Park(ing) Day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks.

Want a piece of the action?  Create your own park(ing) space downtown on Pacific Avenue between 7th and 17th street to be a part of the larger event!  Participants are asked to “park” between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be food trucks, a walk event, a passport to encourage people to visit the parks, a traffic garden in Tollefson Plaza and a “People’s Choice Award” for their favorite park.

SOTA chalk PARK(ing) Day 2016

If you would like to host your own park(ing) space, please let us know by August 24 so we can get a permit for your space and include it in event promotion and activities. Register online at www.downtownonthego.com/parking-day/2017-registration.

Have questions? Contact Meagan at meagank@downtownonthego.org | 253-682-1734

 For more info about Tacoma Park(ing) Day visit www.downtownonthego.com/engage/parking-day



Sound Outreach put up a small campground

Ethnic Fest 2017: How Do You Connect with Creative Community in Tacoma?

4 Aug

On the last weekend of July 2017, Spaceworks participated at Ethnic Fest, a festival of performances, food and culture that has been around for more than 30 years. Hundreds of Tacoma community members and out-of-towners gathered at Wright Park July 29 & 30 to watch dancing and music performances and engage with one another.


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“Artists are the engineers of the 21st century,” said Syed Jamal, festival attendant and founder of Branta.

Spaceworks set up a booth to engage our community and find out how do people engage with creativity in Tacoma. After talking to over 230 people the responses we got were as varied as the species of plants in the park’s conservatory. Continue reading

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