Spaceworks Announces Call for Creative Enterprise Applications

From left: Do the Extraordinary (Justin Kercher), The Tshirt Men Co. (Willie & David Combs), The Nearsighted Narwhal (Christina Armstrong & Ossain Avila Cardenas).
From left: Do the Extraordinary (Justin Kercher), The Tshirt Men Co. (Willie & David Combs), The Nearsighted Narwhal (Christina Armstrong & Ossain Avila Cardenas).

Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking applications from individuals or groups who have a plan for a long-term creative/innovative business (for-profit or non-profit) that benefits Tacoma’s community and are seeking resources to rent a space and develop a thriving business. Through this application cycle, projects will be identified to fill low-cost vacant spaces through 2015. Applications are available at:

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to participants in order to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community.

Artists, designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups and other fledgling entrepreneurs are provided a training ground to test new ideas, products and services with a safety net of technical assistance, mentorship and low-cost space for up to six months.

Examples of Creative Enterprises include:

  • Retail space for hand-made items (i.e. jewelry, fashion, art, etc.)
    example: Do The Extraordinary – Property partner: UW Tacoma
  • Services (i.e. art or dance classes, design advice, etc.)
    example: Fabitat – Property partner: Marie T. Wilson Trust
  • Merchandising a creative product
    example: Grit City Grindhouse – Property partner: Bristol Equities
  • Art galleries / museums
    example: Mod Curio – Property partner: Pioneer Human Services
  • Creative home-based businesses testing their product in a retail environment
    example: The T-shirt Men Company – Property partner: Paul Okner
  • Office space (individual or co-working) for creative businesses such as a digital media company or photographer with a digital darkroom
    example: Turtledust Media – Property partner: Seven Seventeen Investors
  • Long-term artist studio space/sole proprietor artist
    example: Local Color Photography Studio – Prop. partner: A Street Assoc.

 “Providing space to artists and entrepreneurs is one way we can support and help grow innovation in this city. In return for rent-free space, we’re looking for projects that will go above and beyond and really become part of the social and economic fabric of Tacoma.” says Amy McBride, the City of Tacoma’s Arts Administrator.

 Interested in applying? Have questions? Want to see a Spaceworks Creative Enterprise in action?

Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy will be available for a one-on-one Q&A about the Creative Enterprise Program from noon to 8pm, Saturday, October 25 during “Halloween Comic Fest” at Destiny City Comics. This brand new comic shop was started by Spaceworks participant Michael Fitzgerald, and is located next to King’s Books at 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Join the event at:

Interested applicants must complete an online application by Monday, November 24, 2014, 5pm PST to be considered. The application involves submitting the following items: a project proposal (answers to 12 questions), work samples with descriptions, a resume, and a budget. Application is available at

For more information, contact Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy, 253.682.1722 or