Spaceworks and our current and alumni projects have fun and exciting events often and we invite you to join us!

Please visit our blog, Facebook events page, and/or subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to learn about upcoming events.

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At Fish Tank, May 23, 2017, the audience gets a first-hand view at some of the newest enterprises about to launch or supercharge their business and contribute to Tacoma economy. This event is FREE and open to the public.

See the details for upcoming business pitches →

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Spaceworks NEON fundraiser offers a unique experience drawing you into a fantasy of color, art, and original neon signs. A spectrum of hues in pinks, greens, blues and reds reflects in satin bowties and one-of-a-kind jewelry. The air is filled with laughter and clinks as artists and business owners alike come together to support Spaceworks programs and invest their talents in building a brighter Tacoma. →


Keep up with all the details on Facebook



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Art Walk at 1120 Creative House
Third Thursdays, 5-11:20 PM
1120 Pacific Ave (2nd Floor), Tacoma WA

Each month, 1120 Creative House is part of the recurring Third Thursday Tacoma Art Walk. Evenings typically include open studios, featured artists, music and more. Check Spaceworks’ events on Facebook for the latest details.


Art Walk at the Spaceworks Gallery
Third Thursdays, 1 – 9 PM
950 Pacific Ave. (Entrance on 11th St.)

Regular hours, Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm

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Spaceworks NEON Art Party and Fundraiser 2016 was a wonderful event and a big success. Check out photos from the event and follow our social media channels for updates!

Spaceworks’ NEON Art Party Fundraiser
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6pm
Carpenters Building
1322 Fawcett St., Tacoma WA
All ages

Tickets at

You are invited to Spaceworks’ NEON Art Party, a spectacle showcasing the amazing talent of Spaceworks’ artists and entrepreneurs. Celebrate creative community revitalization at this inaugural fundraiser.

NEON will illuminate the Carpenters Building with live music, dance performances, NEON runway show, interactive art installations, live theatre, silent auction gallery, and a DJ dance party to close out the night. Specialty cocktails will be served by Hilltop Kitchen, and Mad Hat Tea, with beer by Pacific Brewing, and wine by Mosquito Fleet (cash bars). Hors d’oeuvres included with ticket purchase. All proceeds from NEON will go to support Spaceworks’ innovative programs. Join the fun, support the cause, and get your tickets today!

Creative Enterprise Application Assistance

Spaceworks will offer information sessions and “office hours” for potential applicants prior to the deadline to present ways to build a strong application and provide feedback to applicant’s proposals.

Information Sessions:
Info sessions will include a Creative Enterprise Program overview, review of application guidelines, tips to create a strong application, Q&A, and an opportunity to get to know the Spaceworks staff.
• Monday, Nov. 16, 6-8pm
• Monday, Nov. 23, 6-8pm
Location: 1120 Creative House, 1120 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402
No RSVP necessary, just show up at 5:45-6pm.

Office Hours: 
Schedule a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with Spaceworks staff to answer questions and review your application materials.
• Monday, Nov. 9, 1-5pm
• Monday, Nov. 16, 9am-1pm
• Monday, Nov. 23, 1-5pm
• Monday, Nov. 30, 9am-1pm
• If none of those dates work for you, please contact Gwen to schedule a different time.
Location: Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, 950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98401

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High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 4-11pm
People’s Park and in the businesses at 917-923 MLK Jr Way
Event on Facebook

A community celebration of creative revitalization in Tacoma and in honor of the fifth anniversary of Spaceworks Tacoma. This event included live performances, booths from Spaceworks alumni, food and beverages, art, a skate park, and an outdoor film screening.

Thank you to the following for their support: feature sponsor: Central Neighborhood Council; media sponsor: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio; in-kind sponsors: City of Tacoma Environmental ServicesUmpqua BankHilltop Kitchen and Trader Joe’s – University Place.

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Hilltop Street Fair
Saturday, Aug. 22, 11am-7pm
MLK Jr. Way from S 9th to S 13th Streets
Event on Facebook

Join Spaceworks at the Hilltop Street Fair!

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1910 Jefferson Ave. (next to The Swiss)
Beverages from Wingman Brewers Tacoma
Art exhibit by Ten Hundred (Peter Robinson)
Event on Facebook

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11187285_770895276357141_2836891395642371236_oCompass Rose’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10am-4pm
Compass Rose Tacoma, 3815 N 26th St
Event on Facebook

Pool Party theme! Hands-on funness! Gifts! Door prizes! Snacks and good company! 10% percent of days proceeds go to Spaceworks!

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Art Walk at 1120 Creative House
Third Thursday, July 16, 2015 5-9 PM
1120 Pacific Ave (2nd Floor), Tacoma WA

In addition to open studios, art highlights included current graphics and animation from Isaac Olsen; new work by the FameTakers and the last chance to see Wayzgoose 2015 prints. Find the event of Facebook.

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Art Walk at 1120 Creative House
Third Thursday, June 18, 2015 6-11:20 PM
1120 Pacific Ave (2nd Floor), Tacoma WA

Open studios, live music and an Art Walk after party until 11:20 pm. In addition, art highlights included WAYZGOOSE 2015, a feature exhibition of large steam roller prints from this year’s festival, and China Town Nights, a photographic series by Kendra Design Photography. Find the event of Facebook.

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Art Walk at 1120 Creative House
Third Thursday, April 16, 2015 5-9 PM
1120 Pacific Ave (2nd Floor), Tacoma WA

Fresh art exhibits, live music, food & drinks. Here is another chance to visit this large new art space in Tacoma. 12 studios filled with artists, designers, and entrepreneurs make up the 1120 Creative House. Each member is bringing something to the table for this event, adding up to a diverse range of fascinating work. Find the event of Facebook.

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1120 Creative House GRAND OPENING

Third Thursday, March 19, 2015 5-9 PM
1120 Pacific Ave (2nd Floor), Tacoma WA

Artists, designers, and entrepreneurs have filled up 12 studios, activating the entire second floor of the building at 1120 Pacific Ave. The open architecture of this 1970’s-modernist office space provides an unusually complimentary setting for the arts in downtown Tacoma. This grand opening is the first opportunity for the public to explore phase one of Spaceworks’ largest project to date.

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Working Class Theater Northwest presents The Sunset Limited
February 12-28, 2015, at Tacoma Youth Theater (924 Broadway, Tacoma)
March 5-8, 2015, at The Midnight Sun (113 N Columbia, Olympia)

This February, Tacoma’s Working Class Theater NW presents its second full-length production, Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited.  Directed by Tim Samland and starring local actors Aaron Bredlau, playing the role of White, and Jack House, playing the role of Black, The Sunset Limited opening scene begins immediately after Black rescues White from jumping in front of a train. From that chance meeting, the two men explore the depths of faith and conviction that have led them down such opposite paths. The show opens in Tacoma on February 12, at 8:00 p.m. at 924 Broadway (Tacoma Youth Theater) with a pay-what-you-can preview. Suggested donation is $12 general, $10 students.

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Tim + April Pop-Up Shop
Third Thursday December 18, 2014 – 5-9pm
301B Puyallup Ave. Tacoma, WA 98421
Bring the kids!
Event on Facebook

Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce this one-night-only pop-up shop. Tim + April (new Spaceworks participants!) are the makers behind the Heart for a City maps, the Tacoma Heart Map, and other fun projects!

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REVIVE locally crafted custom furniture
5-9 pm Third Thursday, December 18, 2014
323A Puyallup Ave. Tacoma WA

Refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to:

Event of Facebook

Spaceworks is excited to be partnering with property owners Jori Adkins and Rick Semple to help launch this collective of furniture makers.

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compilationGRAND OPENING
The House of Kerri Boutique
“South Sound’s One and Only Vintage Furrier”
Saturday, December 6th, 1 pm to 4 pm
5021 S. Junett St., Tacoma, WA 98409

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Holiday sales at Spaceworks’ creative enterprises! 

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GRAND OPENING: Arts & Crafts Press
Saturday, November 22, 1-6pm
2515-B South Tacoma Way

The Arts & Crafts Press, founded in 1996 by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko, would like to announce the GRAND OPENING of their new space in the historic 1929 “Tillicum Toy Company” building where they’re excited to have a printery, Yoshiko’s blockprint studio, and a small showroom where you can browse and shop from their collection of note cards, prints, books, mugs, and tiles based on Yoshiko’s designs.

Come see their beautiful antique printing presses dating from the 1890s to the 1950s, enjoy hot apple cider, a few delicious nibblies catered by Yellow Bird Catering, and local microbrew beer by Wingman Breweries. During your visit, you can try your hands at printing on one of the presses, but be warned, you might catch the printing bug like Yoshiko and Bruce did 20 years ago! It is highly contagious!

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6th Avenue’s Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Running from 4pm-10pm and meeting at the old Crescent Moon store (2712 6th Ave)
details on Facebook 

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Creative Enterprise Application Q&A
at Halloween Comic Fest
Saturday, October 25, Noon to 8pm
Destiny City Comics,  218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA
RSVP: click here

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Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
October 2, 6 – 9 pm
Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St.
Free and open to the public
Full details on Facebook

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The Blue Octopus

Blue Octopus in Ruston GRAND OPENING
September 12, 11am-6pm
5013. N. Pearl St, Tacoma, WA
Event of Facebook

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Third Thursday, September 18th, 5-9pm
Mod Curio, 313 S 9th St., Tacoma, WA

Event on Facebook
Mod Curio will be an Art Bus stop, buy bus tickets here

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Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening Party
Friday, August 1, 2014, 5-9pm
At the corner of 10th & MLK, Tacoma

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“Through Our Eyes” StoryLab Student Showcase
Saturday & Sunday, August 2-3, 2014 – 1-5pm
Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A Street

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Maureen Andrade
Growing Love, by Maureen Andrade

The Portal Pop-up Gallery
Third Thursday July 17, 5-9pm
Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A street, Tacoma

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Do the Extraordinary GRAND OPENING – Friday, June 13, 7-10pm

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The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project comes into bloom, perfectly complementing the colorful sculptures by Elizabeth Conner.
The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project comes into bloom, perfectly complementing the colorful sculptures by Elizabeth Conner.

Walk Tacoma: Public Art Walk Sponsored by Spaceworks – Wednesday, June 18, 5:15pm-6:30pm

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It’s time!

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DOORS OPEN June 3, 2014.
DOORS OPEN June 3, 2014.

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Truly unique, grassroots theatre!
Truly unique, grassroots theatre!

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Spaceworks Application Workshop
for projects interested in applying to the 2/3/14 Creative Enterprise & Special Project Residency deadline
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, 950 Pacific Ave, 3rd floor, Tacoma, WA 98402
Cost: Free
RSVP: Contact Spaceworks Manager, Heather Joy at 253.682.1722 or

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Black Friday Gala in the Old Post Office, Nov. 29th, 2013
Black Friday Gala in the Old Post Office, Nov. 29th, 2013

Black Friday Gala
Friday, November 29th, 2013, 7pm
3rd Floor Courtroom of the Old Post Office
1102 A St. Tacoma, WA (evening theatre-goers must use 11th St. entrance)
What better way to end Black Friday than relaxing with local talent and helping to plan the future of theater in Tacoma? Don’t wait in line in the cold and wet!
• Thrill to selected scenes from our season!
• Shop till you drop at our Silent Auction!
• Share your Thanksgiving leftovers at our Dessert Potluck!
• Dance to the world’s most eclectic DJ!
• Support innovative, local theater!
• Tickets by donation!

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5 day window performance Oct 14-18
5 day window performance by Priscilla Dobler October 14-18

Culture Looming
October 14-18, 2013
5 day continuous performance, artist present day/night
Woolworth Window on 11th & Commerce

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“Whew!” a pop up gallery event Oct. 17

Whew! A Pop Up Gallery Event
Third Thursday October 17, 2013
Artist present all day, live music 7:30 pm
Old Post Office, 1102 A St. (lobby)

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Opens July 20, 2013!
Opens July 20, 2013!

Tinkertopia Grand Opening!
1914 Pacific Avenue
EXTREME Ribbon Cutting :: Saturday, July 20, 2013 :: 10am
(Store hours 10am-6pm)

Secret Tinker-Patrol opening :: Third Thursday, July 18 :: 5-9pm

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Grit City GrindHouse Grand Opening!
311 S. 7th St.
Friday, June 21, 2013 :: 7-10pm

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