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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

Another Tacoma Post Office Building ART WALK!

15 Aug


Join us August 21st from 5-9pm for another night of surprise happenings scattered throughout the vast hallways, and beautiful rooms of a historic Tacoma landmark. The Tacoma Post Office Building partners with Spaceworks to host an evening of art exhibits, open studios, short film screenings, plus a Spaceworks happy hour in the new event space Post Hall with DJ Schematik. Buzz has been steadily growing about the creative activation of this building and this event is your chance to explore it first-hand. Continue reading

“Radiance” and Wayzgoose Prints at Woolworth Windows

15 Jun
Ric Matthies rolled out steamroller prints at a rainy Wayzgoose. Photo: Chandler O'Leary

Ric Matthies hoists his steamroller print at Wayzgoose. Photo: Chandler O’Leary

Why do we live where we live? This question is posed by two new exhibits in the Woolworth windows – “Radiance” by photographer Kristin Giordano, and Wayzgoose 2014 by a herd of creative Tacoma printmakers. Giordano’s project focuses on Radiance, a (disturbingly) sunny suburban housing development in Fife. Wayzgoose artists, who created a slew of exuberant black-and-white prints that celebrate Tacoma, ask a different question – Why live anywhere else? Continue reading

Celebrate “Walk Tacoma Day” with the Public Art Walk

13 Jun
The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project comes into bloom, perfectly complementing the colorful sculptures by Elizabeth Conner.

The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project comes into bloom, perfectly complementing the colorful sculptures by Elizabeth Conner.

Celebrate “Walk Tacoma Day” by joining Elizabeth Conner, Pacific Avenue Streetscape Artist and Downtown On the Go on the Walk Tacoma Public Art Walk, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The 1.2 mile walk, sponsored by Spaceworks Tacoma.  The walk starts at Fireman’s Park at 7th and Pacific Avenue. Learn the stories behind Tacoma’s many art installations, including Spaceworks and the interactive rain garden art along Pacific Avenue. After a short trip back on the Link, participants are invited to stay for a social at The Forum at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by TrueBlue Inc. which includes light appetizers, drinks, and giveaways!  There is no need to pre-register for the event, simply join Downtown On the Go at the meeting spot. Continue reading

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

“Foundation of Art Award” Reception, Nov. 30, 5-7p.m.

31 Oct

A paper sculpture by Jessica Spring.

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) invites you to join in celebrating its fourth annual Foundation of Art Award. The Community Foundation, in conjunction with Spaceworks Tacoma and sponsor Safeco Insurance, is hosting an exclusive exhibit featuring works by each of the 2011 Foundation of Art Award nominees. The three-month exhibit, running from early November through January in the Chamber of Commerce Building at 11th St. and Pacific Ave., will showcase work by Jennifer Adams, Sean Alexander, Nick Butler, Lynn DiNino, Oliver Dorris, Kristin Giordano, Ellen Ito, Matt Johnson, Rick Lawson, Nicholas Nyland, Elise Richman, Peter Serko, and this year’s winner, Jessica Spring. Congratulations to these outstanding Tacoma artists!

"Hanging Sphere" by Kristin Giordano.

In addition to the exhibit, The Community Foundation will host a reception on November 30, 2011, from 5-7p.m.  The highlight of the reception will be the unveiling of Jessica Spring’s art work, Ingrained, which was created for this award. Spring is an amazing letterpress artist and printmaker, and a co-founder of one of Tacoma’s favorite art extravaganzas, Wayzgoose. You can find out more about the opening here.

Glass art by Oliver Dorris.

In 2008, The Community Foundation established the Foundation of Art Award to recognize the positive influence art and culture has on the local community and economy. This annual $7,500 prize honors professional artists living and working in Pierce County, and includes a commission for an original work of art. Previous recipients are Chris Sharp (2008), Jeremy Mangan (2009) and Lisa Kinoshita (2010). To learn more about the 2011 Foundation of Art Award nominees and to view their portfolios, please visit: www.gtcf.org/artgallery. And come join us in honoring the artists on Nov. 30!

"Whiskas" by Nicholas Nyland.

The Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization that has been serving Pierce County since 1981, “collaborat[ing] with individuals, businesses and community partners to initiate change and develop solutions to longstanding challenges.”

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