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Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

9 Sep

We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

During High Five!, you'll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People's Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party space during last year's Quadruple Grand Opening.)

During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)

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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

The Butlers

28 Mar
"The Butlers" family portrait by Nick Butler

“The Butlers” family portrait by Nick Butler

Spaceworks’ latest participants, the Butler family, are a bundle of talent and entrepreneurship.  They are hosting a variety of events and opportunities in their new space located at 717 Tacoma Ave., provided by our partner Seven Seventeen Investors.

Nick Butler (artist/animator/digital media guru) is utilizing the space as a hub for his animation studio Turtledust Media.  During the six months of support from Spaceworks, Turtledust media will host a variety of animation related events, and educational opportunities, while continuing to work on the studio’s first fully computer generated animated short titled Peanut Butter Jelly Jam.

Beth Butler (massage therapist/instructor/general health guru) will be hosting a series of classes in the space.  Beth graduated from Nevada School of Massage Therapy, and went on to study Eastern Religions and Literature at Pacific Lutheran University.  Besides running her business as a practitioner, she has taught classes on Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Cranial Sacral Therapy.  Her current classes are tailored to massage therapist but open to anyone in Self Help, Shiatsu, and Acupressure.  For more information visit her website.  Here is a list of upcoming class offerings: Continue reading

Introducing Turtledust Media

19 Mar
A new animation studio in Tacoma.

A new animation studio in Tacoma.

Written by Fletch Joyner

Turtledust Media, led by artist Nick Butler, is looking to draw Tacoma into the animation scene.  As part of Tacoma’s Spaceworks program, Nick and his team (www.turtledustmedia.com) have been given six months and an office space to set up a functioning animation studio.  They are in the midst of phase one of a fundraising campaign to raise money for their first fully computer animated short, “The Peanut Butter Jelly Jam”.


Color script for ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Jam”

“Tacoma is poised to take its place on the animation stage,” says Nick Butler, lead artist for Turtledust Media. Tacoma sits between Portland and Seattle, cities with already established animation industries. Seattle’s gaming industry was the 2nd highest US employer of animators outside L.A in 2012. Nick studied figure drawing and animation at the Animator’s Guild in Los Angeles, but decided to bring his talents and dreams of starting his own animation studio to Tacoma. “It used to be that you had to live in L.A. or New York and know someone in the business. But with recent advancements in technology, 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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