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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

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

Tacoma Thrift & Consignment Donation Drive

26 Jul


Tacoma Thrift & Consignment is a brand new shop coming to 6th Ave. Your donations will help to fill their store and create a fun, affordable and organized shop that has something for everyone. Get rid of old stuff, keep reusable items out of landfills and support a new business at their first ever donation drive!

July 31st
9am – 6pm
2612 6th Ave, Tacoma WA

Tacoma Thrift & Consignment is a freshly minted graduate of Spaceworks Creative Enterprise program. Opening their doors August 17th, 2016, this new business will specialize in vintage, antiques, & décor as well as consign locally made & found items.

They are bursting with excitement to get customers in but first they want to collect items that need a new home. At this drive, they accept donations of artwork, décor, clothing, small electronics, shelving, toys & games, outdoor gear, lighting, shoes, crafts, music equipment and more. Be on the look out for their grand opening invitation, it’s going to be a lovely summer soiree.

RSVP for event and get more details on Facebook

Get connected with this new business:

Shop their website: www.tacomathrift.com

Stay up to date on Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TacomaThrift

Follow product updates on Instagram: www.instagram.com/tacomathrift

July Art Walk @ 1120 Creative House

15 Jul

13626632_1142265942501551_6407125374022938559_nHyper Stimulation
Third Thursday July 21, 2016
1120 Creative House
1120 Pacific Ave. 2nd floor
FREE and open to the public
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Ian Wheelock presents “Hyper Stimulation” with Mr. Motorcycle at 1120 Creative House (1120 Pacific Ave; 2nd Floor). The opening night for Wheelock’s third solo art show is Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 7PM to 11:20PM. The exhibition will run until Sunday, July 24, 2016. Wheelock is a recent graduate from Tacoma’s School of the Arts and currently attends the California College of the Arts.

The “Hyper Stimulation” installation, unlike his last two gallery showings, is the artist unleashed. Without the constraints of a theme, viewers will get access to the wide breadth of work Wheelock creates through cartoons, clothing, comics, portraiture, and poster art. This art show is an all-ages event and everyone is welcomed. So, please join us at 1120 Creative House, enjoy the refreshments, stay to see the band Mr. Motorcycle perform, and to meet the artists. Artwork, prints, t-shirts, buttons, holographic stickers, and a new Anime Goth comic by Ian Wheelock will be available for purchase.

Hyper Stimulation Poster 2


Spaceworks Spotlight – Grit City Grindhouse

14 Jul

Grit City Grindhouse owner Bobby Boyle shows customer skateboard trucks

What drives the visionaries behind Grit City Grindhouse is their love of skateboarding and the joy of engaging with anyone who walks through the doors with even a  passing interest. “We’re about creating an invitation to come play. It’s about being welcoming and inclusive, we’re not judgmental,” said Taylor Woodruff, one of the co-owners, about making connections with their customers. “We’ll talk to someone for an hour and a half just to teach them about skateboards,” added the other founder, Robert Boyle. Continue reading

Spaceworks Announces Stocklist Grand Opening

13 Jul


Stocklist Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, July 30th, 2016, 11am-5pm
1936 Pacific Ave.
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Spaceworks is excited to announce the grand opening of Tacoma’s newest gift store, Stocklist, opening on July 30th. Located on the University of Washington’s campus in the heart of Downtown Tacoma, Stocklist promises to delight Tacoma residents and visitors alike with a unique mix of stationery, jewelry, accessories, home décor, & souvenirs.

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New Communications Intern Dmitry Mikheyev

16 Jun


Dmitry Mikheyev developed skills in graphic design, performance, and fashion to bring big visions to life. In his position as Spaceworks Communications Intern he will use his philosophy of connectedness to communicate Spaceworks’ mission through vivid imagery and content.

Managing and marketing small businesses in Tacoma, he learned first-hand the rewards and challenges of building a retail audience and creating a culture. A Tacoma resident since 2006, he has gained recognition in the local nightlife scene as his drag persona Dominique D’Amour and more recently in his burlesque expression as Mylo Precious. For the last 5 years he’s performed with the cast of AB Pure Entertainment, a company that produces variety shows at local bars.

Whether under stage lights or in customer service positions, Dmitry loves engaging people on an emotional level and has been involved in our community since PLU where he studied fine arts. Outside of classes he led a student club called Harmony (now QUASU) to create a series of education and awareness programs promoting LGBTQ causes as well as fundraisers for charities like PCAF and Tacoma Rainbow Center earning him Leader of Distinction and Spirit of Diversity awards. Later he served for two years as secretary of the board of directors of The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma 501(c)(3), a non-profit with a 40-year history of fundraising events in Tacoma and Pierce County. He continues volunteering at Tacoma Rainbow Center and promoting annual holiday food drive at AB Pure Entertainment.

From a tiny pebble to a legendary person, every particle in the universe has a story to tell and Dmitry searches for intersecting threads of ideas to weave a fabric of new experience. In this new position he hopes to bring a unique voice to Spaceworks, joining our work on transforming vacancy to vitality.

Why Neon?

10 Jun

In order to throw a remarkable fundraiser, Spaceworks asked local event-planner-extraordinaire Lisa Fruichantie to be our event consultant. Lisa knows how to tell a story, and she knows how to throw a legendary party! The following paragraphs are Lisa’s remarks on how she came to realize that the art of neon can be a powerful metaphor for the impact of Spaceworks Tacoma.  


Downtown Tacoma on Pacific Ave. looking north – 1972


By Lisa Fruichantie, Spaceworks’ 2016 fundraiser consultant

In considering a theme for Spaceworks’ first major fundraiser, I was pondering ideas that would capture the creativity and transformation of our city, that would be a metaphor for vibrancy, and that would showcase all the amazing talent we have.

Having graduated from being an admirer and supporter of Spaceworks Tacoma, to be being an involved participant as a local artist, to consulting on their small private fundraiser in 2015 – lingering was the knowledge that their organization’s next step was to host a large public fundraiser to expand their fundraising efforts. The challenge was how to do so while still holding on to the integrity of highlighting the arts and artists first, while educating participants and donors of Spaceworks’ need to ask the community for support. There had to be a cool factor. Something deliciously enticing.

I admit it, I am an avid podcast listener. As a creative myself, I spend many hours alone listening to one podcast after another while I puzzle through my projects. Last December, I was in the middle of designing and constructing costumes for an upcoming dance performance for the series ‘Tacoma Spaces’. As I worked I began pondering the theme of Tacoma Spaces and reflected on the artistic renaissance our city has taken and how this transformation now surges with an injection of new energy.

At that moment I was listening to 99% invisible, by Roman Mars, based out of Oakland, California, the episode they were featuring was titled “Tube Benders” about the art of neon. Now, before I go into my lightbulb moment, I will preface this by saying that for years now I have preached to any who would listen about how in love with Oakland I am and how much the City of Tacoma could and should learn from a city that mirrors our beautiful struggle. Tacoma and Oakland are like twins raised in different households, I will spare you from the tangent many others have been subjected to over the years but at this very moment when I heard Roman Mars’ description of Oakland past and present, my imagination was joyriding between my time spent in Oakland and my memories of Tacoma in the 90’s and early 2000’s, prior to organizations like Spaceworks creating visible change to the energy and attraction of our downtown.

So there I was, surrounding in blankets of white stretch fabric, playing with light and ironing on fractal patterns of safety tape onto these costumes when I had my very own light bulb moment. I realized that a beautiful neon sign really was the most perfect metaphor for Spaceworks as an organization. Take a step back and remind yourself the way Tacoma used to look, empty streets, severely cracked sidewalks, smelly, signs in nearly every building and window pleadingly advertising available space. Downtown was someplace you passed through, it was not a destination. Now, picture an old neon sign completely unlit, a rough and raw industrial frame juxtaposed behind slender glass curvature of color. Once you power that sign it instantly turns to something otherworldly. Bright, vibrant, beautiful and that neon glow can be seen at a remarkable distance. That image of illumination truly captures Spaceworks slogan “Vacancy to Vitality”. Spaceworks curating our vacant storefronts, organizing art shows and entrepreneurs, Artscapes murals decorating our abandoned architecture brings the same instant visibility to our downtown core. Truly bringing light to dark places.

Envisioning neon as the theme to Spaceworks’ annual fundraiser, my mind was racing. Would this event attract artists I admired like Galen Turner, a local neon artist, to participate in this event? Would Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise participants be commissioning neon signs for their businesses based on the success of this event? Could we grow this theme? What could future sub-themes become? Can we cultivate a love for the art of neon and actually use this as a tool to brighten our city? Then I had it – “NEON: Making Tacoma Brighter”. It married my ideas of what Spaceworks is and does, with the art of neon and provides that metaphor to grow on.

Some of you may be aware that neon has another history in this town that was not always supportive of the creative class. Little did I know, that once I pitched my ideas to Spaceworks that I was inadvertently digging up some serious longstanding history in our city between the art of neon and the City of Tacoma. I discovered that this event, NEON, is more than just Making Tacoma Brighter, the art of neon is truly seeing a new day in the City of Destiny. On that note, I invite you to join us on Saturday, June 11th to hear Amy McBride, founder of Spaceworks and Arts Administrator for the City of Tacoma, speak more about the history of neon, and Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy discuss the future of Spaceworks.

Bust out those day-glo socks and white trousers, 80’s attire highly encouraged. The party starts at 6pm, I’ll see you then!

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NEON Art Party: Full Event Program

7 Jun

This Saturday, June 11th is the NEON Art Party. Over 75 Spaceworks artists and entrepreneurs are showing off their work, creating a gigantic Tacoma-spectacle that will illuminate the Carpenters Building. Check out the full event program below. Buy your tickets in advance and save money! There are only a few days left! Tickets at www.SpaceworksNEON.com
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