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5 Creative Ideas For a Romantic Date in Tacoma

9 Feb
Tim + April Norris, Tacoma Heart Map

Tacoma Heart Map by Tim + April (Available in their Etsy Shop)

We know that Tacoma is full of talent and quirky places where you can have fun with friends. However, there are also many sweet spots where you can get creative with a special someone.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 businesses in Tacoma that can offer a new way of connecting with each other. These Spaceworks participants all have a creative spin on activities from card making, to pottery, to the classic gift of chocolate candy.

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2016: Year in Photos

29 Dec

2016 quickly ramped up to be an exciting ride of cultural activities and business opportunities, bringing many new things. Spaceworks had a landmark year! We doubled the capacity of our Creative Enterprise program, invited the public to ‘Fish Tank’ where entrepreneurs made business pitches to a panel of experts, launched the Spaceworks Gallery on the corner of 11th & Commerce, hosted our 1st inaugural auction/fundraiser NEON, and added 3 new staff members!  This look back at the many events in which Spaceworks took part shows a very active year. Tacoma is what we make it, let’s keep making it vibrant.

New Artscape at 6th and Ainsworth

10 May

Spaceworks recently partnered with artists Tim + April and property owner WC Studio to activate the vacant site at the corner of South 6th and South Ainsworth, and now we have something beautiful to look at while construction goes on behind the fence.

Tim + April, a creative duo based in Tacoma, used over 2,000 feet of up-cycled vinyl billboards to create this mural, depicting where the sky meets the mountains around Tacoma. Much of their work is inspired by the cities and landscapes they are surrounded by and the places they have traveled through. They like to turn the old into new and the grayscale into color.


Advertisemounts by Tim + April

This art installation was funded and facilitated through a partnership between WC Studio Architecture Agency and Spaceworks Tacoma.


If you have a vacant property and would like to partner with Spaceworks, please click here to learn more.


Performances + Activities at High Five! on Sept. 12

2 Sep

Our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop is coming up fast, and we’ve got more details to share about the fabulous lineup of performances and activities.

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

Image: Video still from Crews Photography & Video,

High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration will take place in People’s Park and the 900-block of MLK Jr. Way. Image: Video still from “Spaceworks Tacoma, new building on MLK” by Crews Photography & Video, Sculpture: “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum

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Thank you, Compass Rose, and happy birthday!

24 Jul

A big “Thank You!” goes to Compass Rose for inviting us to be part of their 2nd birthday party last Saturday!

We had a fabulous time, met new folks and got to talk about what Spaceworks is doing in the community. Plus, Compass Rose generously gave us 10% of the day’s sales!

Here’s a photo recap of some of the fun that was had:


Party out back! Bean bag toss, arts and crafts, hot eats, cool treats!

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Shop for Spaceworks this Saturday

17 Jul

We can’t wait to celebrate Compass Rose’s birthday on Saturday, and you should join us!

Even though it’s their party, Compass Rose Tacoma is generously giving us a gift: 10% of the day’s sales will go to Spaceworks! Wow—thank you!

Party Details

What: Compass Rose Tacoma’s Second Birthday Party

Where: 3815 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98407

When: Saturday, July 18 from 10 am – 4 pm

CR birthday simple flyer

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#IHeartTacoma Photo Contest Winners Announced

4 Mar

The official top three photos from the #IHeartTacoma photo contest are:


1st PLACE goes to Pacific Lutheran University with 298 Facebook likes! Harstad Hall housed all of  PLU’s students from 1894-1912, and is named after the university’s founder and first president Bjug Harstad.


2nd PLACE goes to Tacoma Jones with 68 likes on Twitter. The Elks Temple, built in 1915-16. Currently vacant, but housing TONS of kinetic energy!


3rd PLACE goes to PJ Hummel & Company, Inc. with 56 likes on Facebook. At 2620 East G Street this 100 year old building started as the Tacoma Can Company, then housed the American Can Company, was once an aerospace engineering factory, and now is home to this wonderful event production company.

For the month of February 2015,  The City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission teamed up with Tim Norris of TMN Creative and of Spaceworks Tacoma participant Tim + April, to conduct the #IHeartTacoma social media contest to show love for Tacoma’s unique historic character. Folks from all over the city took pictures holding the Heart Map in front of their favorite Tacoma historic building (50 years old or more) and posted it with the hashtag #IHeartTacoma. The three winners featured above received the most likes/hearts/retweets/shares/you get the point. It’s wonderful seeing the historic character of Tacoma being shown off, and appreciated via new modes of social media.


From left: Council member Ryan Mello, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Council member Marty Campbell, and Council member Lauren Walker.


Show Your Love for Tacoma’s History With the #IHeartTacoma Photo Contest

13 Feb

Heart map @ Old City Hall

For the month of February 2015, The City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission has teamed up with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise participant Tim Norris of Tim + April and TMN Creative, to launch a social media photo contest to show our love for Tacoma’s unique historic character. The contest will begin on February 1st, with winners announced at the end of February.

Artist Tim Norris’ take on the invitation, “It’s a fun chance to show your love for Tacoma’s history – and to show that history isn’t just in the past, but still a part of shaping our lives in the present. It’s also a fun chance to think outside the box. We love Old City Hall and the Elks Building – they’re both definitely near the top of our list of favorite historic places in Tacoma – but don’t forget some of Tacoma’s smaller historic structures. Maybe your favorite Tacoma historic building is your home, or maybe it’s the church you got married in, or maybe it’s Bob’s Java Jive.”

To enter:

  1. Print the Tacoma Heart Map on cardstock (Download the image and instructions here). Or find a free 5×5 card around the city.
  2. Take a picture holding the Heart Map in front of your favorite Tacoma historic building.
  3. Post it with #IHeartTacoma. Put the name of the building and address in the description/comments.
  4. Follow Tacoma Culture and TMNC’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter: Tacoma Historic Preservation Twitter: @Tacoma_Culture, TMN Creative Instagram: @tmnrrs, and Tacoma Culture Instagram: @Tacoma_Culture
  5. Watch for and like other #IHeartTacoma posts.
  6. The 3 photos with the most likes will receive prizes featuring Tacoma artwork.

Find the map and full contest instructions at tmncreative.net/ihearttacoma. If you don’t have access to a color printer, we hear you may be able to find free Tacoma heart map posters in select little free libraries around the North End or at Evolve Home on North 21st.


Introducing the Creative Enterprise Class of 2015!

3 Feb

Spaceworks is proud to introduce our 2015 Creative Enterprise participants! Our first training program session last week, Tuesday Jan 27, was a huge success and we’re looking forward to working with such a great crew! Check out the innovative and exciting Creative Enterprise that will hit Tacoma streets in 2015:

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Norris_01Tim & April Norris //Tim + April

Tim + April is a design duo focused on selling art prints, plywood furniture, and wooden toys.  They currently have an Etsy shop that is geared towards the PNW, but would like to expand their market by having a permanent space for production and retail.

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300 Block Art Walk, Puyallup Ave. Tacoma

16 Dec


Check out the convergence of activity happening on the 300 block of Puyallup Ave. this Third Thursday! Spaceworks Tacoma would like to thank property owners Rick Semple & Jori Adkins for their generosity and partnership. We hope to see you there… hop on the Art Bus to catch this event and more.

323-A Puyallup Ave. G R A N D  O P E N I N G 
Spaceworks is excited to announce REVIVE, a new collective of artisans; makers of locally crafted, sustainably sourced, custom made furniture and furnishings

311 Puyallup Ave. Urban Garden Company 
“A shop for the botanically inclined” 20% off all things with roots

301-A Puyallup Ave. Tacoma Academy of Fine Art
‘Origins’ a showing of student and instructor works plus LIVE figure drawing from costumed model… Open to all! Easel and materials provided! FREE!

301-B Puyallup Ave. Tim + April Pop-Up Shop 
A one-night-only pop-up shop from the makers behind “Heart for a City maps,” the “Tacoma Heart Map,” and other fun projects! *bring the kids!

301-C Puyallup Ave. Open Studio
Chris Britt is a childrens book author and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist. Freelance writer, and avid gardener Nancy Draper will be showcasing her hand made jewelry

5-9 pm, Third Thursday December 18, 2014
300 Block of Puyallup Ave. Tacoma WA

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