High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration on Sept. 12

Spaceworks is turning five years old, and we’re throwing a community celebration on Hilltop!


September 12, 2015, 4-11pm
People’s Park & 900 Block MLK

Also… unlimited high fives!


Since its founding in 2010, Spaceworks has been busy transforming empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma—activating 43 underused properties, assisting 73 creative businesses, and exhibiting 106 large-scale art installations.

“The artists and creative businesses that participate in Spaceworks often tell us that what they’ve done wouldn’t be possible without us,” says Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. “But we know that without their incredible talent and commitment, plus the support of our community, Spaceworks itself wouldn’t be possible. This party is a chance for us all to celebrate the creativity that makes Tacoma great.”

Here’s how the party will play out:

PEOPLE’S PARK   |   4 – 8 pm

Activities, games, performances, free snacks & beverages

Booths from various Spaceworks alumni, including Write@253 and Tacoma Tool Library.

Amphitheatre performances by:

900 BLOCK MLK   |   4 – 11 pm

Food truck, art exhibits, hands on activities

Spaceworks’ alumni open-for-business at:

BACKYARD PARTY   |   4 – 11 pm

DJ, beer garden, skateboarding, games and films 

From 4 to 8 pm: Alchemy Skateboarding skate ramp with free lessons (all ages)

From 8 to 9pm: tunes by DJ Schematic

From 9 to 11 pm: Outdoor movie theater featuring local short films and Ghostbusters

Join the event on Facebook to get the latest details!

Want to volunteer? Sign up for shifts and sweet perks through this online volunteer form!

Images of SPUN and owners April Sanders (blue sweatshirt) and Jennifer English (pink shirt) at 923A MLK. (Photos by Patrick Hagerty)
SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery will be spinning at the High Five! party. With the help of Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise program, SPUN owners Jennifer English and April Sanders got out of a garage and into a retail space, where they now offer pottery classes, open studio time and a gallery. Photo by Patrick Hagerty
Alchemy Skateboarding will set up ramps and provide instruction at the High Five! party. Photo by Crews Creative

High Five! is generously supported with help from the following sponsors:


Central Neighborhood Council


KUOW News and Information (media sponsor)

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City of Tacoma Environmental Services

Umpqua Bank


Hilltop Kitchen

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