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.
1120 Creative House ArtWalk participant experiences DIY virtual reality goggles made using laser cut plywood at FabLab in Tacoma. Photo by Kris Crews.
Brad Dinsmore in progress of setting up his Artscapes installation “Doves & Ravens” in Woolworth Windows. Photo by Kris Crews.
Advertisemounts: This detail of the fence on 6th Ave and Ainsworth shows the work that Artscapes participants Tim & April Norris put in to beautify this construction site. Photo by Spaceworks.
Tacoma Actors Repertory Theater engage in friendly swordplay. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.
After incubating their business idea as tenants at 1120 Creative House, Rebecca Solverson (pictured here) and the entire Tool Library crew opened Tacoma Tool Library on MLK Jr. Way in 2016 to create a space for makers and builders to check out useful tools from shovels to sewing machines. Later in the year they moved location to 38th street, and are set to open January 2017. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.
Gabriel Brown delivers colorful balloons to Liz Van Dyke for Stocklist Grand Opening. Liz completed Creative Enterprise Tier I training in Spring 2016 and opened the business in July. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Raven West demonstrates posture to a model student at Sound Movement Arts Center. Together with Gizelle Lorenz Brock they started SMAC in 2015. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.
Council Member Marty Campbell and Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello take a selfie for the #TacomaArts challenge during Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Awards 2016. The challenge was part of a social media campaign used throughout October to engage Tacoma community during studio tours and Arts Month events. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Arts Commission.
Artscapes alumnus Roger Ralston standing next to his mobile Artscape installation in the Woolworth windows. Photo by Lisa Nappa.
Local band performs during Art Walk at 1120 Creative House. The kaleidoscopic video projections by Kris Crews enhanced sensory experiences. The large grid of paintings are by Angela Larsen. Photo by Kris Crews.
Participants of Tacoma Art Walk at 1120 Creative House were invited to graffiti on walls during St. Patrick’s Day event. Photo by Kris Crews.
Dancer from Sound Movement Art Center (SMAC) leaps during performance at NEON 2016. The event featured many performances in addition to visual art and music. Photo By Scott Haydon.
Jessica Prindel places final price tags on merchandise before the Grand Opening of Tacoma Thrift & Consignment. The entrepreneur received training through Spaceworks’ ‘Creative Enterprise Tier I’ class of spring 2016. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Isaac Martinez (owner of Pointline printing service, and tenant of 1120 Creative House) engaged visitors during open studio hours at Tacoma Art Walk. Photo by Kris Crews.
Striking Spaceworks mural by Game Not Fame on the corner of 11th and Market streets packed a lot of visual impact. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Bruce Smith of Arts & Crafts Press shows hand-made postcard to Rosemary Mathison during Spaceworks private donor event Chip In, which showcased the art and business of Spaceworks’ clients. Photo by Kris Crews.
Spaceworks patrons listen to Heather Joy at private donor event Chip In at the Spaceworks Gallery. Photo by Kris Crews.
Spaceworks hosted an information booth with games and prizes next to SPUN at the Hilltop Street Fair in 2016. The giant jenga was a smash hit with kids and adults alike. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Erik Bernard addresses guests at the Grand Opening party for Have Not Films. HNF partnered with Spaceworks to secure a space on MLK Jr. Way and began re-branding in fall of 2016. Photo by Kris Crews.
Inspired by Mesoamerican imagery, Gustavo Martinez retells the stories of our cultural heritage to ensure they live on. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Entrepreneur Rochelle Bergstrom pitches her business plan for Elope 253 to local experts at Fish Tank, fall 2016. This was the first time Spaceworks hosted the event publicly. Photo by Kris Crews.
Josiah French was one of the entrepreneurs to receive training through Creative Enterprise Tier I class of fall 2016 along with Devon Baldwin. He is the youngest participant to go through the program. Photo by Kris Crews.
Silong Chhun and Clarissa Gines enjoyed opening night of High Blood. Photo by Kris Crews.
Rotator Creative partnered with Spaceworks to help them find space for their office/studio. They signed a lease with UWT and hosted a Grand Opening in December 2016 along with Beautiful Angle’s Annual Holiday Party. Photo by Henry Haneda 2016.
Tim Carter admires installation by Eva Funderburgh. The Artscapes artist installed this evocative sculpture “Looking forward, Looking backward” in Woolworth Windows in August-November 2016. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Spaceworks Gallery visitors look at artwork by Lisa Kinoshita, 2010 recipient of Foundation of Art Award. The award is presented by Greater Tacoma Community Foundation which hosted the art show at Spaceworks Gallery this year. The exhibition was on display for a month and showed work by 2016 nominees and 2016 award winner Sean Alexander. Photo by Kris Crews.
Coordinator Gwen Kohl and entrepreneurs in Creative Enterprise Tier I class of Spring 2016. Gwen Kohl, Erik Bernard, Steve Buchanan, Stephanie Lile, Jessica Prindel, Christina Murray, Liz Van Dyke, Erika Ray, Rebecca Parson, Martha Lucas, Sebastian Levy-Aldrete, Silong Chhun, Kellie Richardson, Tara Brown, Clarissa Gines, Rosemary Mathison, & Janelle Abbott. Photo by Spaceworks.
Entrepreneurs in Creative Enterprise Tier I class of Fall 2016. Left to Right: Kalvin Trancao, Rachel Lionheart, Sasha Ashworth, LeShawn Gamble, Adam Utley, Jeff Southard, Abby Kok, Jeff Cormier, Devon Baldwin, Josiah French, Rochelle Bergstrom, Erin Severe, Naarah Mcdonald, Monique Smith, Aaron Schmookler, Roshaun Yates, Mihael Blikshteyn, & Michael Chansavang. Photo by Spaceworks.
Viewers examine first ever exhibit at the Spaceworks Gallery. Titled “Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front” the exhibit was curated by Creative Enterprise participant Stephanie Lile. The entrepreneur started a curating company “Bering Street Studio” to create traveling exhibits. Photo by Spaceworks.
Photo mural capturing the work of performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali ‘Red Chador’. The art piece was a part of 2016 exhibition at the Spaceworks Gallery curated by The Cultureshock Collective titled High Blood. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks.
Heather Joy addresses the audience at NEON, Spaceworks’ inaugural auction/fundraiser in 2016. The event, hosted at Alma Mater, raised over $54,000 thanks to all who attended and participated. Photo by Scott Haydon.
Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride raises paddle high during live auction at NEON 2016. Photo by Scott Haydon.
Spaceworks First Annual Fundraiser NEON attracted over 400 attenddees to experience art, music, and fashion. Photo by Kris Crews.
Jennifer English and April Sanders of SPUN enjoy the show at NEON. Photo by Scott Haydon
‘Neon’ Dion Thomas exits stage after giving a keynote speech on the runway at NEON 2016. Photo by Scott Haydon.
Kris Crews captured this luminous image of Spaceworks staff holding custom-made neon sign by local artist Galen Turner. Thanks to generous contributions from big organizations to small Tacoma businesses to individual donations, Spaceworks staff grew in 2016 to accommodate more clients and provide higher quality of services. Left to right: Gwen Kohl, Heather Joy, Gabriel Brown, Dmitry Mikheyev, & Kate Monthy.