List of Special Projects

Current Special Projects

TRANSFORM: Theater District Culture & Transportation Plan

August 2017 – September 2018 /

Spaceworks Tacoma, with the support of the City of Tacoma, is hosting a series of outreach and activation events to engage the public in the development of a theater district culture and transportation plan. TRANSFORM is a community engagement project with a series of artistic and community events organized by Spaceworks Tacoma. The project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to raise awareness of Tacoma’s Theater District and to highlight opportunities for creative use of public spaces within its footprint. Pierce TransitCity of Tacoma, and Broadway Center for Performing Arts are developing a plan to redesign the transportation and cultural hub that is framed by 9th and 11th streets, Broadway and Pacific Ave.

Learn more about TRANSFORM plan, new developments, and community events at

Past Special Projects

Artistic License Department
Gillian Nordlund

The Artistic License Dept. exists as a service to the public. Inspired by an obvious play on words its intentions are to encourage and support participants’ creativity and imagination.

In this performance, participants take a simple test based on fundamental aspects of art making as well as their own opinions. They are then issued an art making “license” upon completion of the test. (more…)

Center for Lost and Found
Gabe Nordlund & Colin Andersen

The Center for the Lost and Found is a place to share stories of lost or found objects and spread them into the community. Come create your very own lost or found poster and the CLF artists will post them around town, to foster remembrance for those things we miss and are grateful for. (more…)

Destiny of Pride – Community Mural
Matamatononofo Porter

Destiny of Pride echoes the theme of 2018’s Tacoma Pride Festival. Matamatanonofo designed a temporary mural made up of different people, of a variety of cultures and sexes collated into a single face.  Spaceworks invited the community to participate in this art wall installed at the festival for one day only. Visitors used paint markers to add their own art and messages. Over 450 people participated.


Links to Opportunity – Hilltop Engagement Projects
Spaceworks Tacoma

Spaceworks Tacoma, working with the City of Tacoma, contracted community engagement specialists to engage Hilltop neighbors through pop-up outreach events. (more…)

One Night Exhibition
Katlyn Hubner

A one-night show of over 40 paintings by Katlyn Hubner during the June 2015 Third Thursday Art Walk at the 1120 Pacific Ave Building. (more…)

TRANSFORM: Theater District Culture & Transportation Plan
Spaceworks Tacoma

Spaceworks Tacoma, with the support of the City of Tacoma, is hosting a series of outreach and activation events to engage the public in the development of a theater District culture and transportation plan. (more…)

Matthew Olds / China Lake Juxto – Installation View

1120 Pacific Ave, First Floor /
May 21, 2015

In this one-night-exhibit, artist Matthew Olds utilized a vast cavernous interior office space that had been sitting vacant for years. The artist’s idea was to bring the outdoors inside, creating a peaceful, serene, and powerful setting. The exhibit included an 8′ x 12′ x 2″ painting based on China Lake Park in Tacoma, WA, which is adjacent to the artist’s studio and workshop, plus the artist built a 16′ x 32′ x 5″ reflection pond and piped in field recordings of bird songs to create a thoughtful and meditative space in the middle of downtown Tacoma. Follow this link for a video of the exhibit.

SOTA / Organism-X

1120 Pacific Ave, First Floor /
April 16, 2015

For the April Third Thursday Art Walk at 1120 Creative House, the School of the Arts (SOTA) presented Organism-X, a series of 8 intricate drawings based upon a project given in Biology classes. Students studied the physical characteristics and habits of animals from the Pacific Northwest. They then selected two different animals and combined them into a single species. Each drawing also included patterns used to embellish the surface of the animal, and each animal was interacting with a piece of discarded trash tossed into the environment. Participating artists included Lucy Ahn, Eve Robinson, Emily Miller, Marlies Amberson, Ellia Coggins, Rose Davis, Mackenzie Casper and
Talmon Glidden.

Whitney Henry-Lester / Destiny and Grit Podcast

2014-15 ongoing roving project
Destiny & Grit is an audio series exploring the highs & lows and whys & hows and hot & colds and streets & trails of Tacoma, WA. They are chasing their curiosity about Tacoma on foot, on bike, on rail, on boat, and in sound. Check out D&G’s latest podcast on Tinkertopia, UnTrash, as well as a short interview with Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Alumni Dion Thomas. Contact Whitney if you have a Tacoma story you would like to share.

Tim and April Norris / Tim + April

301 Puyallup Ave /
December 18, 2014

Artistic duo Tim and April Norris’ one night only Tim + April Pop-Up Shop was part of Spaceworks’ REVIVE Collective grand opening on December 18. Tim + April are Spaceworks 2015 participants, and are the makers behind the popular Heart for a City maps, the Tacoma Heart Map, both of which were included in this not-to-be-missed event!

Kristin Giordano / Photography Studio

Radiance, by Kristin Giordano

Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St. (Suite 202C)
Feb 26 – Aug 31, 2014

Kristin Giordano is a photographer based in the US. She works mainly with antique and experimental cameras. Recent projects include Radiance, a photographic series on the American suburban landscape, put on display in a Spaceworks Woolworth window installation; Landscape and Transformation, Photographs of Doha, Qatar, 2008-2011, a series of black and white photographs examining the changing cityscape of a global boomtown; Skyscrapers and Shadows: Labor and Migration in Doha, Qatar, a series of portraits of labor migrants in Doha; Stories of the Desert: Djinn and the Unseen in Qatar, a collaborative project combining collected folktales and pinhole photography; and Temporal Terminus: Marking the Line, a public art installation along the historic Prairie Line Trail in Tacoma, WA. Kristin utilized a 300 sf. studio space in The Post Office Building for a six month period, as well as participated in Post Office arts events.

Christina Hughes / Working Class Theater Northwest

Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St. (Courthouse) /
November 2013

Working Class Theater NW (WCTNW) had a one-month residency in The Post Office Building, on the 4th floor courtroom in November 2013. WCTNW was founded in 2013 by Christina Hughes and Tim Samland. The nonprofit community theater was recently honored with a mention in The Weekly Volcano’s Best of 2014 issue under Best Handout for its free production of A Life in the Theatre. Working Class Theater Northwest’s mission is to provide and encourage an inexpensive, high-quality theatre experience that is grounded in the diverse culture of Tacoma. Working Class Theater Northwest builds community through production of theatre that is socially conscious and relevant to the issues of working class people today.

“Culture Looming” a 5 day performance by Priscilla Dobler inside a Woolworth building window

Culture Looming / Priscilla Dobbler
October 18, 2013

2013 Artscapes participant Priscilla Dobbler invited passersby into her Woolworth window #1 installation Culture Looming, for a special five-night performance. Participants were shown how to use the looms and speak with the artist. Garments made during the performance were donated to those in need, and some were sold, with the profit being donated to a nearby shelter.

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WHEW! A one night only pop up gallery in the Old Post Office. Scott's posters will remain on display in the lobby through December 19th.
WHEW! A one night only pop up gallery in the Old Post Office. Scott’s posters will remain on display in the lobby through December 19th, 2013

WHEW! / Scott Scoggin
October 18, 2013

WHEW! was a culmination of a year of poster-making by artist Scott Scoggin in a one-night only pop-up event at The Old Post Office Building. Music accompaniment by guitarist Kye Alfred Hillig. Scoggin’s work was on display at The Old Post Office until December 19th.

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Dana Livermore / The Dancescapes Project
950 Pacific Avenue
July-August 2012

The Dancescapes Project, in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma and The Barefoot Collective, invited dance teachers and professionals to submit class and work proposals for their free community dance workshop, which took place in downtown Tacoma in August 2012. Eight teachers and eight dance artists were selected to teach a class and/or perform in an informal showing (eight classes, eight works). Dancescapes appreciates all forms of dance from contemporary modern and ballet to ballroom and B-boying.

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Goldfinch / Music
1310 Martin Luther King Way
March 31, 2012

Goldfinch is looking for a space to record a new record. It has been four years since our last full-length record was released and we have a lot of new material that we’d like to get out to our friends, family and fans,” declares lead singer, Aaron Stevens. The band has received a three-month residency to make the record, which they distributed for free to all who attended the event. Check out their album Faded Explanations Vols. 1 – 3 on Bandcamp.

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Letters 1 (copy)
James Grayson Sinding’s letters on Tollefson Plaza

James Grayson Sinding / Sculptor
1114 Pacific Avenue
March 1 – August 6, 2011

James Sinding’s word-based installations jubilantly proclaim the durability (at least in physical terms) of the written word. Last year, he dumped thousands of alphabet letters in Tollefson Plaza for his wildly popular Spaceworks Tacoma installation, Letters. In 2011, he is riffing on the concept with a project involving whole words and phrases. At his residency space at 1114 Pacific Avenue, Sinding can make and store “thousands of words like the ones people place on their refrigerator….[and] keep my couch in the living room instead of moving it to the dining room to make room for letters.” He is also pursuing work on a group of wood sculptures.

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The Coma Collective / Music Collective
1114 Pacific Ave
April 1 – July 10, 2011

The Coma Collective pulls together several young, local bands into one space to practice, record, and produce their work in a collaborative way. Resident bands include Red Hex, Slushy, and Makeup Monsters.

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Chris Sharp and Jeremy Gregory's Hilltop Mural
Chris Sharp and Jeremy Gregory’s Hilltop Mural

Chris Sharp and Jeremy GregoryPainters
904 Broadway
December 6, 2010 – June 15, 2011

Two of T-town’s most accomplished artists are setting to work on Broadway. Chris Sharp is the 2008 recipient of the Foundation of Art Award from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. In addition to his fine art, his vintage-inspired, freehand signage can be seen at businesses all over Tacoma. Jeremy Gregory is an artist and illustrator who creates a monthly cartoon for City Arts Magazine. In 2010 he led a team of artists in creating the 60′ Hilltop Mural. Reach Chris at; Jeremy at

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Saul Becker's
Saul Becker’s Landscapes Painter

Saul Becker / Landscapes Painter
1114 Pacific Avenue
April 1 – May 31, 2011

“Travel and expeditions have become very important in my work, and it’s always tricky to talk about what that means specifically,” says Saul Becker. “I think our relationships with the environment are much more involved and nuanced than we commonly think.” The geography of Becker’s painting ranges from hellish, primordial landscapes to the slag-littered Ruston waterfront. Visit the artist’s residency studio during the Spaceworks opening.

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4th Wall Theater at
4th Wall Theater

Bob Yount / 4th Wall Theater
915 Pacific Avenue
February 1 – May 1, 2011

When local actor/director Bob Yount crafted the idea for an upcoming Spaceworks Tacoma project, 4th Wall Theater, he energized the grand idea of theater as a social act. His proposal: to bring full-form mobile theater productions and improv acting classes to the elderly. 4th Wall Theater was conceived for fans of the stage who may be unable or unwilling to travel distances to theater events. “We solve that by bringing the production to them,” he says. The professional cast and crew are skilled in creating high-quality productions adaptable to each senior community or facility.

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Isaac Olsen /  Schnelluloid Film, Inc.
1114 Pacific Avenue
July 15, 2010 – January 15, 2011

Filmmaker Isaac Olsen’s full-length feature, Quiet Shoes, made its world premiere at the Rialto Theater in June. At his in-town production studio, Schnelluloid Film, film buffs can stop by, take a look, and check out a cool variety of propaganda (er, Olsen’s words) for sale: tee shirts, posters, DVDs and more.

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Megan Lancaster's finished installation
Megan Lancaster’s finished installation

Meghan Lancaster / Maggie D Studios
1114 Pacific Avenue /
July 15, 2010 – January 15, 2011

Watch how a site-specific work of art comes into being as fiber and textile artist Meghan Lancaster works in her “fishbowl studio” on Broadway. Design and construction of the mixed-media fiber art piece involves multiple sewing and assemblage processes, and a fascinating array of raw materials, culminating in a finished installation.

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Michael Kaniecki / Semi-Automatic
1114 Pacific Avenue
October 1 – December 31, 2010

Michael is using his space to create a very long drawing in shades of gray. His work will be in the window as it progresses and you can often see the artist at work.

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Shakespere in the Parking Lot, 2011

Kristie Worthey :: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Theater Company
913 Pacific Avenue
September 13 – November 23, 2010

This traveling troupe of performers aspired, through the magic of imagination and innovation, to inspire and excite audiences of all ages to engage with the works of William Shakespeare. Performances were in non-traditional and outdoor venues in the South Sound; rehearsals (at 913 Pacific Ave. ) were always open to the public.

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Joshua EversonJoshua Everson Photography
1114 Pacific Avenue
July 15, 2010 – January 15, 2011

For Spaceworks, photographer Joshua Everson is taking “dynamic portraits” of Tacomans on location and assembling them in the window of his downtown studio over two months’ time. From the collage of individual portraits, a project of larger scope will gradually take form. Everson, an instructor of art, photography and design, also offers photography workshops.

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Cassi Lindberg and Aaron Flett on the set of Jesus 4 Less
Cassi Lindberg and Aaron Flett on the set of Jesus 4 Less

Aaron Flett :: Entertain U
906 Broadway
August 1 – October 31, 2010

Competing Christian bookstores fight for the soul of a town (that looks suspiciously like Tacoma ) in the Entertain U satire, Jesus 4 Less. Local filmmaker Aaron Flett takes on “the issues of fundamentalism, love, lust, greed and marijuana in this dark comedy.” The film shot locally from July – Sept.  Find Jesus 4 Less on Facebook.

Abby Kok :: Local Color Photography Studio

Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St., Suite 414
April 21 – October 31, 2014

Local Color Photography is a mixture of creative art photography as well as local client driven work such as product and model photography.  Abby states “I have been an art lover for as long as i can remember, and enjoy art in all mediums. When I was 15 I took my first Photography class, and have not stopped taking pictures since. I use a variety of mediums including digital, 35mm and instant film. After moving to Tacoma in 2005 from Iowa, I was constantly inspired by this fascinating industrial city and have been photographing the city. I like to notice things that most people walk by every day but never see. I aim to see the simple beauty or oddity in the things around me are share these things with others. Some successful projects I have completed include shooting the cover photo for Seattle Band ‘Santee’ in 2013, and having my photographs featured in The Tacoma Weekly Volcano, The Tacoma News Tribune and the Olympian in 2013. I also have many online publications such as, which was a community project i did that highlighted independent tacoma businesses. In 2011 I was a featured photographer for the 2011 Downtown Block Party, these photos are featured on”  Abby’s residency at The Post Office Building lasted 6 months, and she participated in three Spaceworks Post Office events, and then recently relocated to an awesome live/work space in South Tacoma!

Jason Ganwich :: Jason Ganwich Photography

Tacoma Post Office Building, Suite 105 ::
February –  August 2013

Jason Ganwich is a local photographer and videographer with an established photography business, specializing in corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, and editorial shoots. As part of his Spaceworks residency, he had a dedicated photography studio that allowd him to work with clients in a more controlled environment and professional setting.

Cindy Arnold :: Live Paint Theatre Workshop

Cindy Arnold at a cooperative preschool in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Live Paint
1314 MLK Way ::
January – May, 2012
Live Paint offered theater workshops for adults every Sat., 1-3pm, free of charge at her MLK Way space. Arnold promises a relaxed environment for actors wanting to read for an audience or to perform improv, dancers looking to bounce around ideas, and writers seeking feedback on scripts in progress.  Cindy now does pop-up events in the Tacoma-Seattle area, check out her website for her latest events!

Toy Boat Theatre :: Dakota’s Belly, Wyoming

1312 MLK Way
June 15 – September 30, 2011

Theater pros Marilyn Bennett, Jen Davis and Alex Smith joined forces with the University of Puget Sound to develop Dakota’s Belly, Wyoming, a play by Erin Cressida Wilson, in this performance space on Tacoma’s Hilltop. Tours of Toy Boat Theater were available during the May Third Thursday Artwalk!

Kris Crews :: Personal Power Company

Bridgett Nicol and Kris Crews of the Personal Power Company

913 Pacific Avenue

Nov 15, 2010 – May 15, 2011

 The Personal Power Company was a multimedia production company and think tank designed around the idea that creativity is a sustainable resource. This collaborative showroom/gallery/production house showcased multimedia work by its members: Kris Crews, Bridgett Nicol, Ben Paris, Nicolas Hartzell, Phil Harty, Allan Boothe, Jena Leigh-Kathryn Van-Stedtler, and many others.

Barefoot Collective :: Dance

Stephanie Pederson in flight. Photo: Michael Hoover
915 Pacific Avenue ::
March 1 – May 31, 2011

The Barefoot Collective (tBFC) is a local dance company who, since 2008, have earned praise for their original, contemporary works of power and passion. tBFC is the recipient of a three-month Spaceworks Tacoma creative residency that will support the completion of a major piece, The Ides of May, to be performed the weekend of May 14-15. The studio also held community auditions and offered dance instruction to students of all levels at their 915 Pacific Avenue rehearsal space.

Rick Lawson :: War Experience Project

Offloading wartime memories at the War Experience Project

906 Broadway ::
November 1, 2010 – April 30, 2011

Iraq veteran and artist Rick Lawson conceived this project to help military service members dealing with memories of war. The War Experience Project conducted painting workshops in which veterans and military families used uniforms as a canvas. The completed works of art were powerful, and formed a magnet to the community.

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