Artscapes

Artists activate Tacoma

Spaceworks’ Artscapes program provides support and opportunities to artists in Tacoma and Pierce County. We contract with artists of all abilities to create temporary public art that brings cultural vibrancy and economic strength to our city.  Through murals, window installations, exhibits, public engagement projects, and art residency these opportunities have helped artists develop their artistic voice, and further their careers. Since its inception in 2010, Spaceworks has orchestrated hundreds of temporary Artscapes throughout Tacoma. 

2020 Outstanding Program Award
“Honorable Mention” for the Rapid Mural Program

Western Association of Chamber Executives

Where to View

Downtown Mural Walk

Enjoy murals and hear directly from the artists that created them by taking a virtual guided walking tour through Downtown Tacoma, organized by Spaceworks as part of Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma series. 

Rapid Murals

In response to boarded-up businesses in Tacoma, Spaceworks Tacoma has partnered with local organizations to create a rapid mural response program.

Streetside

Our streetside displays keep commercial districts activated 24/7 with temporary artworks from Pacific Northwest artists. We offer stipends to artists to take on a wide variety of spaces from storefront windows and display cases, to entire sides of buildings and public kiosks!

Featured Artscapes projects

Illuminate
Tina Lauzon, Matthew Baird, Jennifer Preston Chushcoff

Illuminate” a Woolworth window exhibit (and also online at www.byjenn.com/illuminate), is curated by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff, and features large scale paper collages by Matthew Baird, along with figurative sculptures and poetry by Tina Lauzon.
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RBG Tribute Mural
Nori Kimura

A mural tribute to the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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Re-emerge in Healing
Saiyare Refaei

This mural is about uniting local environmental justice issues by coming together in healing. Specifically, it addresses the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) and the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) issues by highlighting some figureheads in these local movements alongside images of migratory animals.
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Apply to Artscapes

Spaceworks organizes a wide variety of visual arts programming which has included murals, window installations, residencies, exhibitions and video art. These programs often arise in response to community needs, are grant based, and in partnership with other public, private, and non-profit groups. To stay informed about our next call-to-artists, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

Artscapes Contact

Gabriel Brown, Artscapes Coordinator
gabrielb@tacomachamber.org