Performances + Activities at High Five! on Sept. 12

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

Taking the Stage

All performances will take place at the amphitheater in People’s Park. We’ll have some chairs, or you’re welcome to bring a blanket and sit on the grass (or you might just be too excited to stay off your feet!).

N. Dybevik

N. Dybevik (Image courtesy of N. Dybevik Music Facebook page)
Image from N. Dybevik Music Facebook page

Among the many things he is—American folk singer, film score composer, piano restorer—Nate Dybevik, of N. Dybevik, is also a 2011 alum of Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program. As part of Spaceworks, Dybevik received a six-month Hilltop residency in a storefront at 1312 MLK Jr. Way that allowed him to consolidate his creative activity, which had been spread across three worksites citywide. In January 2012, Dybevik transitioned to a lease-paying tenant, and he continues to hold the space as N. Dybevik Piano & Company, rebuilding fine pianos of historic interest or importance and sharing the space with Sean Alexander.

You can hear more of Dybevik’s music on Bandcamp—and on Sept. 12, of course—and read more about him in “Sing Us a Song, Piano Man” on the Spaceworks blog.

Working Class Theatre Northwest

Working Class Theatre Northwest

Working Class Theatre Northwest (WCTNW) is the brainchild of Christina Hughes and Tim Samland, who participated in Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program in 2014. WCTNW’s mission is to build community through production of theatre that is socially conscious and relevant to the issues of working class people today. The theatre is currently on Spaceworks’ roster of Creative Enterprises seeking space.

You can learn more about WCTNW on their website and by coming to see their performance at 5 pm in People’s Park on the 12th.


Fab-5 (Image courtesy of @fab5nw Instagram)
Image from @fab5nw on Instagram

Fab-5 is part of Fabitat: A Creative Lab, where young people come to learn and develop themselves creatively at 1316 MLK Jr. Way. It’s packed with art supplies, music equipment, dance space and instructors who are ready to help artists at every experience level. Fabitat acquired their space through Spaceworks back in 2011 and transitioned to a lease-paying tenant in January 2012.

You can check out what they’re up to on their website, Fabitat’s Facebook page, Instagram and at People’s Park at 6 pm on Saturday, Sept. 12.


Mirrorgloss (Image courtesy of Mirrorgloss Facebook page)
Image from Mirrorgloss Facebook page

Mirrorgloss is a “genre-defying dance rock trio” formed in 2012 in Tacoma, featuring the guitar stylings of Danny Kenny and the dual vocal pairing of best friends Najamoniq Todd and Del Brown. According to their bio on SoundCloud, “Tacoma has yet to experience something so different coming from the city’s already diverse musical landscape. Mirrorgloss’ mix of ballads and energetic dance tunes bring a stage show filled with raw emotion and a few surprises.”

Although Mirrorgloss hasn’t been a Spaceworks’ participant, they share that they’re big fans: “We love spaceworks… It’s a wonderful tool in our community that is made up of lots of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. We have quite a few friends that have benefitted from the program. Jason Ganwich and Tinkertopia both current and past clients of najamoniq, a stylist at Embellish 727, Polyrev , the shirt and social movement, and Nathaniel Dybeviks piano shop where we used to actually practice for a while… We love that Spaceworks had helped make dreams of owning your own business come true for many in Tacoma!”

You can hear more of Mirrorgloss’s music on SoundCloud, but for a band described as “best experienced live,” it’s lucky for you that they’ll be playing live at Spaceworks’ community celebration from 6:30-7:30! Don’t miss this performance!

Activities Abound

In the midst of so many fun performances, make time to check out the many activities that will be provided by Spaceworks’ alums and area businesses.

  • 4- 8 pm in People’s Park: Activity and vendor booths, skate ramp and free lessons
  • 4- 11 pm in the 900-block of MLK: food, beer, DJ and open businesses

Booths from Creative Enterprise Alums

Gallery of Ambition: Gallery of Ambition is a 2013 Spaceworks’ alum and a design and curation company with the purpose of elevating culture. Their mission is simple, “Aspire. Create. Inspire.” At the party on the 12th, they’ll do just that with their signature gold frame photo booth and with apparel and artwork for sale.

booth, gallery of ambition, logo

Northern Pacific Digital: Northern Pacific Digital is a 2014 Spaceworks’ alum and represents the next level of evolution in the digital agency model of services. Truly a one-stop shop, Northern Pacific Digital is much more than simply a web design agency. Stop by their booth to learn more and find out if they could help you.

booth, NPD, logo

Pop Up Coffee: A 2014 Spaceworks’ alum, Pop Up Coffee is a pop-up café serving black coffee from Heart Coffee Roaster. Stop by their booth to buy a pour-over and whole beans and get a preview of locations popping up at the Pantages Theater and Childen’s Museum.

booth, pop-up coffee, heart coffee

rePly Furniture: rePly Furniture is a 2012 Spaceworks’ alum that has been making plywood beautiful since 2008. Stop by to see their handcrafted, eco-friendly furniture.

Photo: rePly Furniture

Sound Movement Arts Center: Sound Movement Arts Center, LLC (SMAC) is Tacoma’s newest (and only) dance, cheer, modeling and performing arts center. SMAC’s booth will offer a raffle for a month of free classes and engaging activities for kids—from coloring pages to hoola-hooping to bubbles and more. SMAC is on Spaceworks’ roster of Creative Enterprises seeking space but is currently operating out of Urban Grace.

booth, SMAC, kids with letters

Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre: The inaugural season of Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre (TART) starts this fall! At TART’s booth, children and adults are invited to make their own masks for $10. Plus, be the first to get your tickets to the premiere production’s of this season: Three Viewings and [title of show]. TART is currently on Spaceworks’ roster of Creative Enterprises seeking space.

booth, TART, mask kids

Tacoma Tool Library: Tacoma Tool Library is a 2015 Spaceworks participant and former tenant at the 1120 Creative House in downtown Tacoma. The library is currently working to open a permanent location on MLK that will provide access to shared tools and a safe community space with workshops and fix-it drop-in hours. At their booth, they’ll have antique tools on display and a treadle sewing machine demonstration.

booth, tool library, tools

Tim + April: Tim + April is a 2015 Spaceworks’ participant that also had a special pop-up shop last year. The design duo is focused on selling art prints, plywood furniture and wooden toys, and made the popular Heart for a City maps and the Tacoma Heart Map. At High Five! they’ll have free giveaways, raffles and coloring sheets. Tim + April is currently on Spaceworks’ roster of Creative Enterprises seeking space.

Tim + April raffles, giveaways and coloring sheets

Write@253: Write@253 was one of Spaceworks’ earliest participants back in 2011, and for the past 3.5 years, it’s been operating out of a space Spaceworks helped them acquire on MLK. Write@253 believes that all students—rich, poor and in-between—deserve to have creative and meaningful writing experiences. Stop by their booth for two fun activities: manifesto writing and tape art!

booth, write253, group

Skate ramp and free lessons

From 4-8:0 pm, Alchemy Skateboarding will offer free all-ages lessons at a ramp just behind the performance stage in People’s Park. They’ll have a booth in the park, as well.

Alchemy Skateboarding is a local nonprofit that provides youth with opportunities to learn and grow through skateboarding, envisioning a future where skateboarders are recognized as positive contributors and an integral part of the greater community. They’re a 2015 Spaceworks’ participant and recently opened Tacoma’s only indoor skate park behind Grit City Grindhouse, a 2013 Spaceworks’ alum.

Photo: Crews Photography & Video
At Spaceworks’ Quadruple Grant Opening party in 2014. Photo: Crews Photography & Video

Food, snacks & beer

Follow the food to find all the activities!

  • On MLK beside People’s Park: HamHock Jones Soul Shack food truck
  • At the corner of MLK & 10th: Free ice cream at the Umpqua Bank ice cream truck
  • At the backyard party north of 10th and behind the 900-businesses on MLK: Beer garden, free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, and popcorn

Open Businesses

Spaceworks’ alumni will be open for business at:

Concrete Market: Sound Concrete Countertops and owner Duncan Susag is a 2013 Spaceworks’ alum and joined Spaceworks in order to further his business by securing a location to have a showcase room, gallery, and office called the “Concrete Market.” Duncan moved into his current space on March 1, 2014, renovated for one month, and opened his doors April 30, 2014. Sound Concrete offers artisan concrete designs for residential and commercial spaces.

The Tshirt Men: The TShirt Men is a 2014 Spaceworks’ alum that makes your t-shirts. Custom made. All day. Owned by brothers Willie and David Combs, the shop also includes custom apparel, streetwear, and a sneaker showcase. The Tshirt Men moved into their current space April 1, 2014. They spruced up the place with new flooring and a coat of paint and opened their doors May 1.

SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery: SPUN owners Jennifer English and April Sanders went through Spaceworks’  training program in 2014, during which time they moved into their current space and began a two-month renovation, officially opening on Aug. 1, 2014. SPUN provides a patient, casual, and creative environment for pottery classes, open studio (‘Free Spin’), and the option to sell your work in the SPUN Gallery. Think of it as the dive bar for artists, where you are comfortable going in any attire, any time of day, at any age.

DubCity Studios: Kerry Williams is a 2013 Spaceworks’ alum and owner of Monopoly Entertainment, which has a long history in Tacoma as a premiere promotions and marketing group for nightclubs, music artists, private parties, and other entertainment opportunities. Williams came to Spaceworks looking for a rehearsal space and has since acquiring his space he has developed his business model into a full production and rehearsal studio.

Stay Tuned!

Next week we’ll be posting about the art exhibits and films that’ll be part of High Five! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest about our community celebration.

See you in Hilltop on the 12th!

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


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