Downtown Poets


Write253 will host Downtown Poets, its first summer poetry and spoken word camp for teens, Aug. 6-23, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum.

Each day will feature writing and performance workshops with local poets, field trips and lunch. Poets and spoken word artists at all levels of interest are encouraged to register. Space is limited, so don’t delay. The camp is open to poets ages 13-18. The camp is free and lunch will be provided. All necessary materials will be provided.

Each day will contain writing and performance workshops, and some days will contain field trips that require guardian approval.

Write253 is doing its best to ensure geographic, racial, and gender diversity and equity among the campers. Poets from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to register. 

Camp will start each day promptly at 10 a.m. and will finish at 3:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend the camp for the entire duration, please let Write253 know on your registration form.

If you have any questions, contact Michael Haeflinger at

Spaceworks offers studio and office to artists and start-ups

Are you an artist or entrepreneur ready to move to the next level? Lease a studio or office in a professional location at 1120 Downtown co-working space. There are five affordable studios available to lease immediately at 1120 Downtown and one office at 1120 Hilltop. Artists or artist groups, creative small businesses, and even non-profits can benefit from renting space in this beautiful downtown space.

You could neighbor and collaborate with musicians, videographers, fashion designers, 2D artists and others. Schedule a tour to see if it’s the choice for you. 

Tenants of 1120 Downtown enjoy the following amenities: 24/7 secure access; hi-speed Wi-Fi; a professional location to meet with clients; Spaceworks promotion and marketing of the location; shared use of the communal spaces, which include 1,300 square feet of common space for all tenants to utilize on a check-out basis for workshops, small gatherings, etc.; shared kitchen, bathrooms, shower, and art sink; deck looking over Pacific Avenue; gallery walls in common areas for art and design made by the tenants; part of Tacoma’s Third Thursday Art Walk event.

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The Night Show to begin as regular feature at Alma Mater

The Night Show is a live, monthly late program hosted by Will Jordan and Keilani Afalava. The first show is July 21 at Alma Mater, 1322 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. The show is part concert, part game show and part master class and showcases local music, local art and local business. It will include appearances and interviews from nationally recognized guests. The July show features rare-wear retail boutique ETC, Choklate and Apple Music’s Karlie Hustle.

The Night Show runs July 21 from 8-11 p.m. Must be 18 and over to attend. Cost is $15-$25.

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