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Meet Aimee Collins, Spaceworks Fund Development Contractor

12 Oct


Aimee Collins
Fund Development Contractor

Spaceworks is excited to announce it’s newest member Aimee Collins, who recently joined the Spaceworks team to lead Spaceworks’ fundraising efforts. Aimee will help to build and sustain relationships, procure funds, and identify opportunities from a variety of sources including individuals, corporations and foundations.

Aimee is an artist, small business owner and non-profit and fundraising professional with over twenty years of experience working in the Puget Sound region. Aimee has worked for notable organizations such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Aperture, The American Museum of Natural History, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from University of  Washington, Seattle. An eighteen-year resident of Tacoma, Aimee currently works independently through her business, Fundamentals Consulting, and looks forward to the opportunity to help grow Spaceworks’ fundraising efforts.


Exhibition Closing Reception for “Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed”

9 Aug

Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed

Third Thursday in August will mark the last day of exhibition for “Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed” at the Spaceworks Gallery. The gallery will host a reception with live performances by poets, activists, and musicians listed below:

Closing Reception Program

August 17, 2017 6-9pm

Tello Hernandez and the Invisibles

Tello Hernandez

Tello and the Invisibles

The new song or La Nueva Cancion, of Latin America is a musical movement that has its roots in folk music and expresses the concerns, hopes and struggles of the people. It is music with a social message. Not necessarily protest music, but music that speaks of love, hope, justice and equality.  La Nueva Cancion is the voice of human rights. It is music by the people for the people.

Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru Mora Villalpando

Maru Mora Villalpando

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“Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed” at the Spaceworks Gallery

10 Jul
Opening Reception July 20, Performances, Poetry, Music, FREE
Closing Reception August 17, Politics, Poetry, Music, FREE

TACOMA, WA – Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed is a multimedia exhibition about immigration and detention on display at the Spaceworks Gallery. Curated by art critic Susan N. Platt and mural artist David Long, the exhibit addresses the urgent issue of immigration from multiple perspectives.

It features intense work by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, current detainees, DACAs (Delayed Action for Childhood arrivals), college students, grass roots activists, self- taught artists and professional artists. The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, collages, glass arts, films, photography, and videos. The works range from heartfelt to playful, interactive to informative, and poetic to didactic.

At the opening, July 20, and the closing, August 17, the Spaceworks Gallery will have music, poetry, and performances, as well as immigrant rights leaders speaking about the essential contributions of immigrant workers and the oppressive conditions in the Northwest Detention Center.

“Our purpose is to open up the conversation about immigration and to embrace the many ways in which immigrants are the essential fabric of our society,” said Platt. “In addition to visiting the gallery, Continue reading

RFP: Spaceworks Tacoma’s Brand Development, Communications and Community Engagement Project, Due 3/15/17

22 Feb


rfp_thumbnailResponse deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Response/questions submissions: Heather Joy at heatherj@tacomachamber.org
RFP awarded on Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Spaceworks Tacoma requests proposals from various creative design firms to select the most qualified candidate who best represents the mission and vision of Spaceworks. The selected creative company will address three areas of focus: Communications & Community Engagement Strategy, Brand Development, and Website Update.

A Growing Opportunity:

  1. Be a part of defining the personality of a rapidly growing and thriving program with strong support from organizations like the City of Tacoma, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and South Sound Together.
  2. Potential to extend the partnership as an ongoing, long-term contributor to the Spaceworks communication program.
  3. Help Spaceworks grow Tacoma’s creative economy and reinforce Tacoma’s identity as a “maker city”

    Tacoma print maker Yoshiko Yamamoto improved her small business practices with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Tier III program. The Arts & Crafts Press produces whimsical notecards and fine art prints combining Japanese woodblock style with Western letterpress techniques.

    Yoshiko Yamamoto in the gift shop at her business, The Arts & Crafts Press (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)


Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock

11 Jan

Dec 31 – Feb 16, 2017


Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock
An Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art in Tacoma

Proceeds go to resist the DAPL at Standing Rock

Exhibition curated by Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Protect the Sacred gives voice to the diverse Urban Indian community of this region. As Native artists, we reject externally constructed expectations for people of color, who are often confined by the recognition of their ethnicity in the mainstream art world. This exhibition empowers Indigenous artists to represent themselves, whether in traditional or contemporary contexts. Through our work, we hope to showcase the complexity of our cultures and identities, and broaden perceptions of Native American art.

Although the water protectors achieved an incredible victory with the permit denial, the fight is not over. So close to the inauguration, it is more urgent than ever to protect Native lands, rights, and sovereignty for future generations.

Natasha Alphonse (Dené)
Christine Babic (Chugach Alutiiq)
Natalie M. Ball (Klamath/Modoc)
Peter Boome (Upper Skagit)
Bradley Castillo (Osage)
Anthony Duenas (Puyallup)
Alano Edzerza (Tahltan)
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath/Modoc)
Ryan Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation)
Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole)
Yatika Starr Fields (Cherokee/Creek/Osage)
Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Samuel Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Raven Juarez (Blackfeet)
Linley Logan (Seneca)
Geri Montano (Dineh/Comanche)
Nahaan (Tlingit)
Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo)
Shaun Peterson (Puyallup)
Cheyenne Randall (Cheyenne River Sioux)
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos)
Fox Anthony Spears (Karuk)
Lisa Telford (Haida)
Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam/Suquamish/Duwamish)
Haley Waddington (Haida)
Melissa Woodrow (Wuksachi Band of Western Mono and Chicana)
Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip)
and more!

BIG thank yous to hello, cupcakeCourtyard Marriott Tacoma Downtown, Spaceworks Tacoma, Mad Hat Tea Company, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their support!


Events During the Exhibit

Opening Reception:

Third Thursday, January 19th, 6 – 9pm
Free and open to public 

7PM: Blessing by Connie McCloud (Puyallup), and poetry by Sara Marie Ortiz (Pueblo of Acoma), Nahaan (Tlingit), and Erin Tail (Lakota/Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee).
7:15-9PM: Performance art by Christine Babic.
6PM-9PM: Nahaan will also be offering tattoos in the gallery, pre-schedule an appointment with him directly.
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Native Art Mart & Closing Reception
Third Thursday, February 16th, 5 – 9pm
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Participating Vendors: Meka Clothing, Plain to Sea, Transcendence Design, Qu’Wutsun Made, Araquin Designs, and more…

Closing Reception Performance by Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth



Apply to Spaceworks Gallery

10 Dec


Spaceworks Tacoma is accepting applications from Pacific Northwest artists and curators to host an exhibition in the new Spaceworks Gallery. Spaceworks is seeking applications from individuals or teams who:

• Have a proposal for a solo exhibition, or group exhibition.
• Can successfully and fully activate the entire gallery space (~1,000 sq. ft.).
• Is an experienced artist or curator with a developed proposal for an exhibit.
• Can lead the organization, installation, and promotion of an exhibit (with assistance from Spaceworks on each of these steps).


The Spaceworks Gallery provides a space for contemporary artists and curators working in the Pacific Northwest to host feature exhibitions. Activating a longstanding vacant space, the gallery is operated by Spaceworks Tacoma. Always free and open to the public, the space also holds an information desk for people to learn more about Spaceworks Tacoma’s participants, opportunities to get involved, and community events.

January 5th, 2017, 11:59pm

Click here to learn how to apply


950 Pacific Ave. (Entrance on 11th St.)
Mon – Fri / 1pm – 5pm
Third Thursday open until 9pm

Exhibitions to date:

Bomber Boys
Presented by Bering Street Studio, Jun-Jul 2016

Hands at Work
Presented by Bering Street Studio, Aug-Sep 2016

Foundation of Art Award
Presented by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Oct 2016

High Blood
Presented by The Culture Shock Collective, Nov-Dec 2016

…Coming up!
Protect the Sacred – Native Artists for Standing Rock
Presented by Asia Tail, Jan-Feb 2017





Spaceworks Info Sessions & Office Hours

5 Dec


Would you like to learn more about Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Tier 1 program? Do you have questions about the application process? Spaceworks will offer Information Sessions and “Office Hours” for potential applicants prior to the deadline to present ways to build a strong application and provide feedback to applicants’ proposals.

Information Session Dates:

Lincoln District Project Office
750 S. 38th St., Suite C (MAP)
Tuesday, 12/6/16, 5-6:30PM
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Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 (MAP)
Tuesday, 12/13/16, 5-6:30 PM
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Office Hours:

You can schedule individual Office Hours with Creative Enterprise Coordinator, Gwen Kohl. Sign up at www.spaceworkstacoma.youcanbook.me or contact her at 253.682.1740 or gwenk@tacomachamber.org to schedule a different time.

Creative Enterprise Tier I Spring 2017 Round Is Now Open

Deadline to Apply: January 5th, 2017

Spaceworks invites entrepreneurs with a creative/innovative business or business idea that benefits Tacoma’s community and who are seeking to grow a thriving business to apply to participate in our Creative Enterprise Tier I program.

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Tier I provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to the participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community. Affordable space is also provided, dependent on availability, to serve as a training ground to test new ideas, products and services with a safety net of technical assistance and mentorship.

Selected participants will start Creative Enterprise Tier I with the training program in February 2017 and pitch a full business plan for review in May 2017. Spaceworks staff will help to launch these businesses to the streets of Tacoma.

Click here for the full application guidelines and checklist

Spaceworks Spotlight – Tinkertopia

11 Oct


“I love this place!” exclaims a jubilant child returning to the vibrant store where scraps and junk are offered as low-cost art supplies. In this joyous space, entrepreneurs RR and Darcy Anderson encourage creative re-use and artistic economy. Collecting assorted plastic tubes, wood shapes, and colorful wires, the youthful inventor gathers materials for a still undefined project. In their shop, Tinkertopia, RR and Ms. Darcy offer everyone an opportunity to engage their imagination. Continue reading

Studio Space Available at 1120 Creative House

8 Sep


Spaceworks has a studio available at 1120 Creative House! We are seeking an artist, a group of artists, creative small business or non-profit to rent this space.

Where: 1120 Creative House at 1120 Pacific Avenue, 2nd floor in downtown Tacoma

Studio #208 :: 550 sq. ft. :: $800/mo (includes rent, all utilities, WiFi)
Two doors, one to the Creative House common area, and one to the outside balcony. 12 ft ceilings. A huge wall of windows facing Pacific Avenue. Security deposit: $500

Term: Today – February 28, 2017

Why should I get a studio at 1120 Creative House?

Tenants of 1120 Creative House enjoy the following amenities:
  • 24/7 access
  • WiFi
  • A professional location to meet with clients
  • Promotion and marketing of the location by Spaceworks
Access to the communal spaces, including
  • Community space (~2,000+sf) for all tenants to utilize on a calendar check-out basis
  • Shared kitchen, bathroom, shower, and art sink
  • Deck on Pacific Avenue
  • Gallery walls in common areas utilized for events organized by tenants, or by community groups through Spaceworks.
  • Inclusion in Tacoma’s Third Thursday Art Walk event

For more information, please contact Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager, heatherj@tacomachamber.org or 253.682.1722

The 1120 Creative House, a project of Spaceworks Tacoma, provides long-term affordable studio/office space in downtown Tacoma to artists and creatives so they can work, share and collaborate with others in the community.

Find out more at www.spaceworkstacoma.com/1120creativehouse

PARK(ing) Day 2016 Draws 40+ Participants to Create Mini, Urban Parks.

7 Sep


On September 16, Tacoma takes part in an international environmental awareness event called PARK(ing) Day. For seven years Downtown On The Go! has hosted this event  organizing local artists, citizens, and businesses. The  event, sponsored by BLRB Architects, this year drew more than 40 participants who will “park” in select metered spots in Downtown and Hilltop areas and create a variety of interactive spaces. Continue reading

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